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CT Fertility Center Error | Catholic Life

CT Fertility Center Error

Boston.com reports on an “error” that is a good reminder of an ongoing bioethics tragedy in the United States.

A noted Connecticut fertility center has been reprimanded and fined by state regulators after it accidentally transferred a patient’s embryos to another woman with the same last name.

The Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the University of Connecticut Health Center signed a consent order last week agreeing to pay a $3,000 fine, but did not admit wrongdoing.

The patient who received the embryos was informed of the error within an hour of the transfer procedure and decided to take the “morning-after’’ pill to prevent the pregnancy, according to state records. Source

The whole thing is horrifying.

  • This would not have happened if embryos were not being frozen and left for years. I do not expect the government to accept that IVF is wrong and stop the procedure entirely, but we should be able to follow the example set by Italy and Germany and ban embryo-freezing.
  • It is painfully obvious how fertility “treatments” such as IVF are focused on passing on one’s genes rather than on the chance to love a child. It is tragic that the automatic response to this mistake was for the new mother to take the morning after pill in order to insure the death of the embryos.
  • Considering the cost of IVF, the $3,000.00 fine is simply pathetic.

I came across this story rather randomly while browsing Boston.com’s health section. I am surprised that I did not encounter it elsewhere. Is this really just to be expected, so no one else cares?

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4 Responses to “CT Fertility Center Error”

  1. alison 01. Jul, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    still trying to pick my mouth up off the floor…

  2. Rebecca 01. Jul, 2010 at 6:04 pm #


  3. Joy 02. Jul, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    The fine is absolutely ridiculous as you point out ~ probably (sadly) because of the perception that no real harm was done because the mistake was caught so soon. Wonder what the family whose embryos were ‘lost’ in this incident think/feel.

    • Kristy 02. Jul, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

      Joy, that was my thought as well. Whether you agree with freezing embryos or not, this whole situation is absurd. Even if they “fixed” the problem, did they really? Because, as you pointed out, someone else “lost” embryos. And $3,000? That’s it? Like I told Rae on twitter, no amount of money could really be enough of a fine for something like that.

      This whole situation just makes me feel yucky.

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