California state senator wants to regulate fertility clinics

By Bob Meadows
March 03, 2009 12:40 PM
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First, the birth of Nadya Suleman’s octuplets inspired awe. Then dismay. And now? New laws.

One month after Suleman, a single mom from Whittier, Calif., gave birth to eight babies, a California lawmaker has introduced a bill to regulate the state’s fertility clinics.

Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod says she was chagrined to learn fertility clinics operate largely without state supervision, and that the one used by Suleman implanted six embryos despite the fact that the unemployed mother already had six other children. (One of those implanted embryos subsequently divided, producing twins.)

“It is alarming that the State of California has no one watching out for patients,” said McLeod, a Democrat from Chino.

The bill, which also introduces regulations for plastic surgery centers, was originally inspired by the November 2007 death of Donda West, Kanye West‘s mother, who died of heart disease following liposuction and breast reduction surgery.