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New Mexican (Newspaper) - January 19, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico Single Old Gay Fertility clinics not always helpful Wednesday January 19 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 The Associated Press Theyll check her ovaries and her bank account but few fertility clinics have policies for determining a womans emotional or mental fitness to have a child let alone whether its OK to help one who is past menopause a new survey reveals It shines a fresh spotlight on the ethics of the largely unreg ulated field of reproductive medicine which reportedly has just helped a 66yearold woman in Romania give birth Answering hypothetical questions most American clin ics said theyd help a 43year old get pregnant One in five would refuse single women but 5 percent dont even ask about marital status One in four would help a woman who has the AIDS virus A gay couple and a couple on welfare were about equally likely to be turned said Andrea Gurmankin a Harvard School of Public Health psychologist who led the study when she previously worked at the University of Pennsylvania Results were published Tuesday in Fertility and Ste rility a journal of the Ameri can Society for Reproductive Medicine They were all over the place with respect to their views and said University of Pennsylvania bioethics chair man Arthur Caplan who also worked on the survey States need to set guidelines on some big issues like help ing women have babies after menopause similar to agen cies that limit adoptions to people under 55 he believes Reproductive decisions now are too driven by the desires of couples and not enough by the interests of Caplan said Fertility clinics rules on help A survey of fertility clinics findes Vary widely Some withhold treatment from singles gays and those on welfare Others dont Forty percent Wouldnt rule out helping a person with the AIDS virus have a baby Details Of the 369 clinics surveyed 210 responded Only 28 percent had formal policies on who theyd treat What say This unregulated business needs ethics guidelines One in 10 American couples is infertile and their ability to get medical help to have chil dren depends on a host of sub jective criteria and attitudes about parenthood by fertility clinic operators researchers found About pregnancy attempts are made each year using in vitro fertilization in which eggs and sperm are mixed in a lab dish and the resulting embryos are implanted in the womb More than babies have been born this way in the United States Researchers sent surveys to directors of 369 clinics or doctors offices offering these services around the country 210 responded On average they turn away only 4 percent of potential customers each year Only 28 percent had formal policies on who theyd accept or deny A whopping 80 percent had customers meet with finan cial coordinators but only 18 percent had them see a social worker or psychologist Asked if they believed that everyone has a right to have a child 59 percent said yes Twothirds believe they have a responsibility to consider a parents fitness before help ing them conceive Medical conditions evoked different responses Only 1 percent said they wouldnt help Jehovahs witnesses con ceive presumably because they refuse blood transfu sions that might be necessary for the mother or child Three percent said they were unwilling to deal with a blind couple We thought that was Caplan said However only 59 percent flat out refused to treat a woman with HIV the virus that causes AIDS I dont think the custom ers or patients understand how variable the values Caplan said One clinic might refuse you but just down the road is another place that might take Although the survey didnt specifically ask about help ing very old women have babies several experts inter viewed by The Associated Press condemned the news about the 66yearold woman in Romania who reportedly gave birth to a child created through in vitro fertilization TRAVEL BUG Coffee Shop Round Mountain inviting mis mic Slide Show Sal Jan 2Z 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anonymous question naires echo smaller more local studies The study appears in todays Journal of the Ameri can Medical Association o Wedding Bells Do you have wedding pictures or a great wedding story Wouldnt you love to share it with over of your neighbors here in Northern New Mexico The New Mexican would love for you to be a part of our new February publication Enchanting Weddings We invite you to share your wedding stories and Brides and Grooms Now Forever Photo of the bride groorri plus 100 describe the gown the ceremony list the wedding party or anything else you like Please include the date of the wedding and the married couples names WiH you marry me There are many ways to propose some romantic some funny some wacky some hysterical Tell your neighbors your marriage proposal story in The New Mexican s Enchanting Weddings Maximum 100 words plus related photo if you choose Wedding bloopers It happens at every Wedding something crazy disastrous funny or sad something that memo rably 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