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Oh Dear Heavens - UPDATED - Karen's Musings
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Oh Dear Heavens - UPDATED
The Georgia Senate actually passed that damn bill.
http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/sb169.htm

Resolve has posted that they will review the revised version of the bill and post a full analysis as soon as they know more.

Okay, found the revised version of the bill:

Here's the bill as passed:

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/fulltext/sb169.htm

It essentially took out all the provisions relating to numbers of embryos created, numbers of embryos transferred and ownership of embryos.

It leaves in all the language that would ban use or donation of embryos for stem cell research.

Still completely offends me, but at least it doesn't essentially ban IVF all together, which the original bill practically did.

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journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: March 13th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I foresee a lot of people with fertility issues leaving the state. And a lot of doctors. And a lot of business.....
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It still has to pass the Georgia House. It's only passed the Senate.
kmelion From: kmelion Date: March 13th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
SB 169 - Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos; unlawful for any person to knowingly create an in vitro human embryo by any means

So IVF may become illegal altogether in Georgia??
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
You left out a lot of that sentence. The full sentence ended with "other than fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection of a human egg by a human sperm."

They revised the bill. I just found the revised bill:

Here's the bill as passed:

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/fulltext/sb169.htm

It essentially took out all the original provisions relating to numbers of embryos created, numbers of embryos transferred and ownership of embryos.

It leaves in all the language that would ban use or donation of embryos for stem cell research.

The original bill would have essentially made IVF impossible in Georgia, yes.
mortuus From: mortuus Date: March 13th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Things like this drive me nuts. I hate the need of politicians everywhere to see every single issue as something that must regulated and legislated. Medical issues like this should be left to, oh, I don't know, maybe... medical professionals? What a novel concept. It's the same reason I oppose mandatory sentencing minimums. Let professionals who are much more likely than politicians to understand the issues determine the course of action, and leave plenty of room to deal with what is frequently a gray area when individual circumstances are taken into consideration.

GAH!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
ayup.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
this
hopeness From: hopeness Date: March 13th, 2009 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well thank goodness it was at least revised...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. I still disagree with the legislation, but the old legislation would have essentially barred IVF in the entire state. This essentially bars human embryonic stem cell research.
eyelid From: eyelid Date: March 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just about had a heart attack before I reached the end of the legislation.

still sucks, but GEEZ.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I am never going to support legislation that restricts stem cell research of any kind (human embryonic, or otherwise). But this bill is significantly different than the original draft which would have made effective IVF in the state of Georgia a thing of the past.
arosoff From: arosoff Date: March 13th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
So, basically, the whole thing got hijacked by people who are upset about the reversal of the stem-cell ban, instead of being allowed to die in peace. Great.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: March 13th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
The stem cell pieces were already present in the original piece of legislation, I believe (I don't have time right now to pull the original piece).

But... yeah. Essentially, the answer to your question is yes.
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