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Fertility Clinic Authority Expresses Concern

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2001 (LSN.ca) – President George W. Bush ordered an investigation into “assisted reproduction”, referring mainly to in vitro fertilization (IVF), Wednesday as he inaugurated the President's Council on Bioethics. In announcing the creation of the council in August Bush empowered the panel to study and make recommendations on embryonic stem cells, cloning, euthanasia and assisted reproduction.

The news rattled the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), which has touted the wonders of IVF since the early 1980s without revealing its disastrous toll on human life. The Associated Press reports that ASRM has recorded some 100,000 U.S. births – 250,000 worldwide – as the result of in vitro fertilization since the procedure produced the world's first “test-tube baby” in England in 1978.

What the ASRM failed to mention is that at the very least at least 500,000 live human embryos had to be sacrificed in the attempts to have those 250,000 children born. Those calculatingly sacrificed embryos were, in fact, the siblings of the children born via IVF. Moreover, thousands of stored live human embryos are, thanks to IVF, destined for destruction, or worse – stem cell experimentation that will cause their deaths. Sean Tipton, ASRM spokesman said, “I would rather they not talk about IVF at all,” but “at least they're only a study commission and there's no clear-and-present danger here.”

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