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Utah Bill would allow insurance for infertility treatments

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Salt Lake-A proposed law that would allow Utah insurance companies to provide coverage for married couples receiving infertility treatment passed a House committee hearing Friday.

Under HB347, couples would be able to opt in for infertility coverage from their insurance at a price determined by insurers. If passed, the bill also would allow couples to reallocate coverage mandated for adoption and use it instead for infertility treatment.

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The Financial Side of Infertility: 4 Things I Learned During IVF

Friday, February 14th, 2014

When I found out that I was a carrier for the single-gene genetic disorder Tay-Sachs, a degenerative neurological condition that is fatal for children born with it, there was absolutely nothing to worry about… unless my husband was also a carrier.

The odds of that in my case, I had been told, were “one in a million,” so I wasn’t terribly concerned.

So my heart skipped a beat when I saw I had a missed call on my cell phone from my reproductive endocrinologist two weeks after my husband had finally gotten tested.

“You can imagine my surprise,” she began, “when Matt’s test results came across my desk this morning… and he’s a Tay-Sachs carrier.”

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20 Things I Couldn’t Say to My Fertility Doctor When I Was Her Patient

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

By Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg

Dear Fertility Doctor,

Here are some things I wish you knew, that I couldn’t say when we met three years ago:

1. I do not actually want to be here, which is weird, because I just put $15,000 on my credit card to do so.

2. Any calm and charm I exude is a façade. My super-crazy side is reserved for my husband and anonymous infertility friends online. Anything casual you say about my chances of conception will be parsed for hours and days.

3. I respect you, but I also see an acupuncturist, a hypnotist and a psychic.

4. Though my FSH levels are “data” to you, that high number feels to me like it’s a low SAT score, like I’m branded and doomed. No matter how much you explain it, I don’t understand why you can’t be happy if it goes down.

5. I look at the Internet. A LOT.

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Fear and Fertility: Why I Decided to Freeze My Eggs

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

“Don’t be late, don’t be late,” I repeated to myself as I pulled into the parking garage at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center where I had planned to freeze my eggs. My lateness was surely a reflection of an ambivalence I had about the whole process. I was in too much of a rush to notice the “NOT AN ENTRANCE” sign on what appeared to be a front door. I then scurried up five flights and yanked on the 5th floor door. It didn’t budge. I raced down the stairs pulling on the doors at the 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st floors. I was locked out of all of them.
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California Set to Lift Restrictions on Egg Donation

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

California is set to pass a bill that would allow payments over and above ‘direct expenses’ to be made to women who donate eggs for research. The bill promises to increase the supply of eggs to scientists studying reproduction, but will not eliminate restrictions on research supported by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in San Francisco, a major funder of stem-cell research in the state.

After passing in the California State Assembly on 2 May, the bill is likely to be subject to a vote in the state senate as early as Thursday, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, which represents fertility clinics and researchers, and pushed for the bill. “We expect this bill to pass and the governor to sign it,” says Sean Tipton, the society’s public-affairs director.
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Joan Rivers backs surrogacy for Israeli gay couple

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Joan Rivers holding sign supporting LGBT rights in Israel Photo: Toni Tripoli, courtesy Iconic comedienne and Jewish US television personality Joan Rivers recently took a break from dishing out scathing fashion advice to lend her support to an Israeli gay couple struggling to have a child via surrogacy.

The gay icon joined a whole host of Israeli celebrities who responded to a YouTube video that went viral in Israel, depicting the emotional story of Yuval and Liran, an Israeli couple who were trying receive donations and raise awareness about surrogacy for the LGBT community in Israel

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UK To Be First Country To Allow Three-Person IVF?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The UK could be the first country to allow IVF babies to be created using DNA from three people.

This is currently illegal, but a UK fertility watchdog is lobbying health secretary Jeremy Hunt to lift the ban in order to stop a genetic defect.

Despite fears of ‘genetic engineering’ from some quarters, The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has told the government there is no evidence three-person IVF is unsafe.

Lifting the ban would allow people with genetic mitochondiral disorders the hope of having a family.
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Washington: Marriage Opponents Take On Surrogacy

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Opponents to gay marriage in Washington state are launching another fight; this time to tamp down on gay couples’ ability to have children.
An effort to introduce paid surrogacy is being considered in the legislature for 2013. The proposed law would overturn current policy that restricts compensation for surrogates only to the direct costs of pregnancy, delivery, and for legal bills.

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Norway: The Nanny Who Was a Princess: How a Kindness Turned Controversial

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Norway: While loyal subjects in Britain celebrated a royal pregnancy, across the North Sea, in Norway, a very different kind of crown princess was being celebrated for her own brush with uterine politics. Princess Mette-Marit’s trip to India, posing as a nanny to care for the newborn surrogate twins of a gay courtier and his husband, has landed her in a very Norwegian royal row involving birth, morality, exploitation and what it means to be a parent.

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Elizabeth Banks Welcomes Second Child Via Surrogacy!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

The Pitch Perfect star and her husband of nine years, Max Handelman, welcomed their second child recently via surrogate, Banks announced on her website Nov. 14.
As 2012 winds down and Thanksgiving approaches, I have much for which to be thankful — personal, professional and Presidential,” Banks, 38, writes. “However, nothing can match the joy and excitement my husband and I felt when we recently welcomed our second baby boy, Magnus Mitchell Handelman.

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