Well folks, its Wednesday again. March is more than half over, and Spring is starting to rear its head up here. The weather up here (Seattle), has been more than a little crazy today. It has been sunny, rainy, sunny, windy, really rainy, and sunny again… Nature just cant make up her mind. I apologize that I haven’t had the time to write up any proper posts for the site recently, but I assure you that I have a few brewing in the back of my mind and I hope to start cranking them out over the next couple days so I should have a least one or two out in the next week. In the mean time, I thought I would go over some infertility news instead :)
This first story has been getting a fair amount of attention lately and has to do with surrogacy law down in AU.
Facing financial oblivion: the crippling cost of IVF surrogacy
If an Australian woman is using IVF in order to get pregnant, she can access financial assistance from Medicare.
But if she is undertaking IVF as part of a legal surrogacy arrangement, she is not entitled to a medical rebate for her cycles – even if she is medically incapable of carrying a child herself.
Once her child is born through IVF surrogacy, she is eligible for paid parental leave and the baby bonus because the Government recognizes her as that child’s mother. But she gets no help with the financially crippling costs of undertaking IVF in the first place…
This next article is about the Personhood Bill. (FYI I am against it, as it treads on people’s right to choose, and could interfere with availability of reproductive technology such as IVF)
Personhood cannot permit IVF exceptions
It’s universally agreed by personhood supporters and opponents alike that one of the main concerns people have about personhood is its effect on infertility treatment. The argument many pro-life people make is a sincere one: they only want to ban elective abortion, not infertility treatment or contraception or treatment for life-threatening complications. Therefore, they will just amend the personhood statutes to make exceptions for these situations, and pass personhood to ban elective abortion.
However, this represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of personhood…
The next article expands on the idea that expanding Medicare could help us control our health care costs.
How Medicare Could Fix U.S. Healthcare
Expanding the number of people who are eligible to participate in Medicare could help contain health-care costs and provide benefits for individuals, employers, private insurers and rural hospitals. That proposal, unfortunately, doesn’t have enough political support to fly. But if we phase in a gradual expansion of Medicare over a good many years, we might negotiate a way for the federal insurance program to solve some of its own problems and help fix what ails the American health-care system…
The last article today is about a few things you should look for when selecting an IVF clinic.
What to Look for In an IVF Clinic
You and your spouse have decided to start a family! It’s a wonderful time in a couple’s lives. The excitement and anticipation of bringing a new life into the world is a personal and emotional journey. After trying to conceive for an extended period of time, you are still not pregnant. You wonder what is going on. After seeing a fertility expert, you discover that you have fertility issues and becoming pregnant could be difficult. What do you do? What are your options?…
That’s it for today. Cheers!