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Multiple Embryo Transfers: Time for Policy
The birth of eight children to Nadya Suleman led to an outcry over the common practice in assisted reproduction of transferring multiple embryos to a woman’s uterus. The practice increases the chances of a live birth, but also raises the likelihood of multiple births, with their risks and costs. It is time for the United States to enact policy that will limit the number of embryos transferred to a woman.
The birth of eight children to Nadya Suleman led to an outcry over the common practice in assisted reproduction of transferring multiple embryos to a woman’s uterus. The practice increases the chances of a live birth, but also raises the likelihood of multiple births, with their risks and costs. It is time for the United States to enact policy that will limit the number of embryos transferred to a woman.
David Orentlicher, "Multiple Embryo Transfers: Time for Policy," Hastings Center Report 40, no 3 (2010): 12-13.
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