‘Octomom’ Sparks Push for Embryo Law

Published March 4, 2009

Fueled by the furor ignited over the mother of California octuplets, a Georgia state senator has introduced a bill limiting the number of embryos that a doctor can implant in a woman’s womb. Missouri is also proposing similar legislation.

In Georgia, Republican state Sen. Ralph Hudgens, said that his proposal is aimed at women like Nadya Suleman, the 33-year-old mother of six who gave birth to the octuplets after being injected with six embryos.

"She is not married," said Hudgens. "She is unemployed; she is on government assistance; and now she is going to put those 14 children on the back of the taxpayers in the state of California."

A woman under 35 years old should never get more than two embryos, says The American Society for Reproductive Medicine. But some observers complain that Hudgens’ bill would make it harder for some women to get pregnant.

"What this bill will effectively do is shut us down," said Dr. Daniel Shapiro, a fertility doctor in Atlanta. "Patients seeking reproductive care in Georgia will go to Tennessee or South Carolina or Alabama. They will just leave."

Breaking the law would carry a fine of up to $1,000 under the legislation.

What do you think about the proposed law?

Written by BET.com Staff

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