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Calif. lawmaker: Regulate fertility clinics

March 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
The case of the Whittier woman who recently gave birth to octuplets has prompted a local state lawmaker to call for the regulation of California's fertility clinics.Thirty-three-year-old unemployed single mother Nadya Suleman delivered eight babies in January after multiple embryo implants. She already had six other children.

Democratic State Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod, of Chino, has proposed new legislation designed to place fertility clinics under the jurisdiction of the state medical board for the first time. The bill would also set standards and guidelines for fertility clinics.

All of Suleman's 14 children were the result of fertility treatments by Beverly Hills physician Dr. Michael Kamrava.

There are fertility treatment guidelines set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, but the procedures are largely unregulated by the government.


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