Infertility doctors and couples are fuming over a proposed bill in North DakotaFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A controversial piece of a abortion bill before the North Dakota Senate, has some couples and their infertility doctors fuming.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A controversial piece of a abortion bill before the North Dakota Senate, has some couples and their infertility doctors fuming.
Senate Bill 2302 would limit the number of embryos a physician could transfer, and it would prevent a woman diagnosed with cancer, from storing embryos during chemotherapy.
Kathy Burgau, back in 1998, told the story of her cancer battle, hoping to have a family after chemotherapy, she had embryos frozen, so she could have children after cancer treatment. That was done here in Fargo, but this bill before the North Dakota senate tomorrow, does not allow us to freeze any embryos. It would make that illegal.
Dr. Stephanie Dahl, Reproductive Medicine Specialist: "If the bill passes, couples who want to freeze embryos before chemo, would have to go out of state. It is available now."
And not just cancer patients. The proposed bill would limit the number of fertilized eggs an invitro-fertilization specialist could transfer into a patient during that cycle to two eggs. It could financially and emotionally cripple couples trying to conceive by way of IVF
This does not allow us to freeze embryos and that is how most couples get pregnant.
Cassi Koldenhoven and her husband have been using IVF, trying to get pregnant. She says the proposed law would make it nearly impossible for couples like them to keep trying.
Cassi Koldenhoven/Using IFV to start family: "It would move a lot of patients elsewhere, or a lot of patients would not follow through with the process because of the expense."
Meantime, the author of the bill, says the whole point of this is, in her words, "concern for life, at all stages." And Kathy Burgau from 1998, freezing embryos meant a family after cancer.
The author of the proposed senate bill says it is patterned after similar laws in Germany and Italy. LIFE coalition of Fargo said it had no comment on the proposed legislation.