CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2004 |
A woman whose eggs were implanted in her lesbian lover for the birth of twins has no parental rights, even though she is the biological mother, a state appeal court said Tuesday. The case, which is to be appealed to the California Supreme Court, adds another legal twist to parental custody disputes, usually between a man and a woman. The case underscores that the issue of parental rights for gay or lesbian couples is unmapped territory.
August 30, 2003 |
Nearly half of all test-tube conceptions in the U.S. were performed in just five states in 2000, said the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women in California, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey underwent 45,303 of the 99,629 procedures performed.
July 25, 2003 |
Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, turns 25 today, and it certainly seems like a reason to celebrate. Brown is by all accounts a healthy, normal young woman, and her birth opened the door for a million or so childless couples worldwide to fulfill their dreams of having a family. But once the final chorus of "Happy Birthday" fades, we should take a hard look at in vitro fertilization and the fertility business it has spawned.
July 24, 2003 |
They came from all parts of Britain, traveling separately and telling no one but their nearest and dearest where they were bound. At night, they lay in the clinic listening as the scientists padded in and out of the laboratory, conducting tests to tell them when each woman's time had come. Reporters waited outside like hawks, ready to swoop.
July 3, 2003 |
The longest study of children born after in vitro fertilization and similar treatments is reassuring on intelligence scores and psychological health, but raises concerns that the rate of birth defects may be higher than normal, researchers said Wednesday. The study, funded by the European Union, involved more than 1,500 children from Britain, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Greece tracked up to age 5.
January 24, 2003 |
In vitro fertilization has birthed a million babies worldwide, but now there are glimmerings of concern that the 25-year-old technology and other methods known collectively as assisted reproductive technology are causing several rare medical abnormalities.
July 18, 2002 |
BRITAIN * A mix-up at a British in vitro fertilization clinic that left a white couple with black twins was taken to the High Court. Few details are known, but the case is believed to involve a black couple who were trying for a test-tube baby at the same time. Although it is not clear whether another couple has laid claim to the children, legal experts say the judge will be expected to decide who should be considered the babies' legal parents.
July 6, 2000 |
U.S. doctors should radically alter their treatment strategies if they want to stem the tide of medically risky multiple births without lowering the success of fertility treatments, a team of New York and Illinois doctors says. Writing in today's New England Journal of Medicine, they present evidence that it is extremely difficult for doctors using the common fertility treatment called ovulation induction to predict the chance of a multiple birth.
November 17, 1999 |
Using three or more embryos at a time in test-tube fertilizations needlessly increases the risk of multiple births without boosting the odds of achieving pregnancy in most patients, according to a new government analysis being made public today involving 35,000 procedures.