Posts Tagged ‘invitro fertilization’

Fertility treatment pioneer calls for caution

March 17th, 2014 Comments off

by Shannon Roberts

The renowned Lord Winston of Hammersmith is in New Zealand at the moment visiting schools to educate students about infertility and the dangers of waiting too long to have children.  It’s interesting – and a little ironic – that the fertility expert, who pioneered IVF while it was still in its trial stages, is now warning that the rapid advance in reproductive technologies is making people too complacent about having children.  He argues that many such technologies are, in reality, not very effective and cannot beat nature or the ticking reproductive clock.   In fact he goes so far as to contend that it is often an immoral industry which provides a soul-destroying experience for young couples who are desperate to have a baby and are driven to do things like re-mortgage their houses to afford the hugely expensive treatment.  Read more…

When to bite the bullet and have a baby

March 6th, 2014 Comments off

Though this article is about New Zealand, doubtlessly these facts are true in the U.S. and many other places, sadly.

by Shannon Roberts

Statistics released this week show that women in New Zealand between the ages of 35 and 39 are having more babies than women aged 20 – 24 for the first time.  In fact, the average age of first time mothers in New Zealand is now one of the highest in the developed world.  The number of babies born in 2013 in New Zealand was also the lowest number since 2003, down 4% from 2012. Read more…

Think Again: Third Party Reproduction Study Guide Now Available

January 6th, 2014 Comments off

From the CBC:

Film has been an essential part of our work over the past three years. Our 2011 award winning documentary, Eggsploitation, which showcases the stories of women who were seriously harmed selling their eggs has now been screened on over 50 college and university campuses and sold into over 30 countries. Our 2012 follow-up, Anonymous Father’s Day, which features young adult children conceived through anonymous sperm donation has also been widely popular and we’re anticipating even more success with the release of our film on surrogacy, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which is scheduled for release later this month. Read more…

Modern Families and the Messes We Make

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

by Jennifer Lahl

This article was first published at on November 1, 2013.

Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings. Read more…

Donor egg pregnancies on the rise, US study finds

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

By LINDSEY TANNER | Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women are increasingly using donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal outcome — a single baby born on time at a healthy weight — is still uncommon, a study found.

That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found. Read more…

Science Creates First “Perfect” Baby; Terminates Inferior Specimens

August 12th, 2013 Comments off


Over a dozen embryos (fertilized eggs: human beings) are tested, and the victor (the embryo with the least flaws) is chosen to be born. This is seriously disturbing material. This is something out of a science fiction movie. Parents are choosing which of their already fertilized children is allowed to live, while leaving the remaining—apparently inferior, and therefore subject to death—to be terminated. This determination is made based on genetic testing. It’s IVA: In Vitro Abortion.

The painful pursuit of high-tech babies

July 25th, 2013 Comments off
Many women are deferring childbearing until they have the perfect partner and an established career. It’s a big mistake.

While an estimated 5 million babies have been born with the help of ART since 1978, millions more couples have experienced the failure of this still fragile science. Miriam Zoll, an American human rights activist, found herself whirling around on the IVF merry-go-round at the age of 42. She chronicles this time in her recent book, Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Bagbies. MercatorNet interviewed her by email about her experiences.  Read more…

IVF: a dangerous deviation from nature?

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

With in-vitro fertilization (IVF), some infertile couples have seen a way to have children that nature has apparently denied them. Using this technology, some single women and lesbian couples have seen a way to have children without marital ties to a man. Regardless of motives, women resorting to IVF may be running unrecognized cancer risks. Read more…

The No-Frills’ IVF for just $250

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

by Nicole M. King

A new development in IVF technology may make this normally costly treatment much more affordable to infertile couples worldwide. The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reports that researchers in Belgium have developed an embryo culture method that costs around £170 (about $255) and so far appears to be just as effective as traditional IVF methods. Read more…

Why the UK should reject three-parent embryos

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off
British stem cell scientists have scored a big win by securing government approval for a scheme to avoid rare diseases. This will do far more harm than good.

The media was buzzing last week with the news that Britain is planning to become the first country in the world to offer controversial “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on mitochondrial diseases to their children. Read more…