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In my professional opinion, an embryo is not an person.

As someone who has experienced the pain of multiple miscarriages, I feel the deep loss, but also recognize the biology that embryos are more like paracites. I realize how insensitive that sounds, and I apologize to those who are offended, but that is my personal experience and perspective. They are cells living as paracites, not as an individual.

If "personhood" bills are passed, there are multiple threats to associated treatments. We are not just looking at a ban on abortion, we are looking at the end of infertility treatment. The 1 in 5 couples facing infertility will loose the opportunity to build their much wanted family. The millions of babies yet to be born, will not have that chance. A "personhood" bill could stop the creation of life.

As the mother of two IVF children, who can not imagine life without them, I can assure you this would be tragic. I am happy to support groups such as Resolve who actively fight Personhood bills. If you want to contact your legislator to oppose personhood laws, you can find step-by-step instructions at the Fertility Within Reach website, http://www.fertilityhealthadvocatesne.org/Contacting-Your-Legislator.html.

All my best,
Fertility Within Reach

June 17, 2011 - 6:32am


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