• ASRM Discussion Highlights: ART Oversight

      December 14th's ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) meeting in Washington D.C. focused on "The Adequacy of ART Oversight." Doctors, lawyers, political activists, patient advocates, medical society representatives and other professionals spent nearly every minute of the scheduled eight hours discussing assisted reproductive technology (ART).

      The meeting was convened in light of the past year's avalanche of reproduction-related news, from the case of Nadya Suleman (the "Octomom") to that of Carolyn Savage, who was mistakenly impregnated with another family's embryo, carried the baby to term, and then gave the baby to its biological parents. These and other high-profile cases involving IVF embryos (in both the U.S. and the U.K.) have caused infertility doctors and patients alike to take pause and reexamine what they know about ART practices.

      The individual sessions focused on:
      • legislation at the federal level
      • rules and responsibilities at the state level
      • professional self-governance
      • widely-varying international practices
      • women's health and reproductive rights advocacy
      • past, present, and future legal issues

      And Liza Mundy, a Washington Post reporter and the author of Everything Conceivable: How the Science of Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Our World gave the lunchtime keynote speech.

      The day was billed by one reproductive endocrinologist as, "A good start to the dialogue"; a sentiment that seemed common among the attendees.
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