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Morning Roundup: Lautenberg and Lee Introduce Bill Banning Funding of Abstinence-Only Programs

The Illinois House is using the conservative Agriculture Committee to pass anti-choice bills, North Dakota is looking at a personhood bill, and Sen. Lautenberg and Rep. Lee introduce a bill banning federal funding of ineffective abstinence programs.

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Personhood Amendment Would Ban In-Vitro Fertilization, Physicians, Families Speak Out

Physicians and families spoke out yesterday against Amendment 62, the “Personhood Amendment” up for a vote in Colorado, warning that, if passed, it would ban in-vitro fertilization for couples seeking to have children. 

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Assisted Reproductive Technology: Let’s Focus on One Healthy Baby at a Time

Federal law and financial incentives lead to incredibly costly and potentially dangerous multiple births through assisted reproducitve technology (ART). The law should be reworked to create incentives for having only one baby at a time through ART, which is more cost effective and safer for mothers and babies. 

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Selectively Reducing Multiple Births

Sure, it’s safer to implant the embryos one by one, but that quickly drives up the cost. However, implanting multiple embryos can lead to risky pregnancies—including "infant mortality, low birth rates, long-term disabilities and thousands of dollars’ worth of medical care," says the Times.

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VIDEO: Nadya and Angela Suleman Speak Out On Octuplets

Nadya Suleman, now a mother of fourteen children, recently gave birth to octuplets in California. She and her own mother, Angela Suleman, were interviewed on the morning shows today.

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As Christmas Nears, Contemplating Miraculous Births

Miraculous biblical stories of birth fit more closely with our notions of reproductive technologies than with the Vatican’s re-assertion that the only authentic context for human life is an act of reciprocal love between a man and woman in marriage.

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Vatican Strongly Opposes In Vitro Fertilization

Will the Catholic Church’s recent document opposing in vitro fertilization affect a Polish bioethics law addressing the method?

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Catholic Church Again Refuses to Support Contemporary Families

The Vatican’s recent statement “Dignitas Personae” shows once again that the Catholic hierarchy is on the wrong side of science and the needs of contemporary society.

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Free Fertilized Eggs Need A Home?

Rep. Peter Roskam co-sponsored a bill that would require women who use in-vitro fertilization to carry every fertilized egg to term, or to find someone else who would — and opponent Jill Morganthaler is targeting this bill in a new ad.

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Roundup: Compulsory Sex Education, GOP Ballot Initiative Strategy

Independent council in UK recommends compulsory comprehensive sex education, GOP attempts to lure conservatives to polls with ballot initiatives, 49% of IVF treatments result in multiple births, Ashley Judd discovers importance of family planning in Africa.

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