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Panel Recommends Anti-Discrimination Policies for Fertility Treatments

Doctors offering fertility treatments should not discriminate against lesbians or unmarried couples, said a New York State Task Force on Life and the Law panel. The panel, composed of doctors, lawyers, clergy and ethicists, released a report recommending changes in fertility treatments. Although the panel’s suggestions are not required by law, many of the New York State laws and U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been based on the proposals. New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Barbara Debuono said that she will work to execute the recommendations as soon as possible.

The recommendations include: avoiding treatments that result in multiple births which often lead to blindness and retardation, requiring doctors to inform the woman if the procedure is experimental and requiring that the woman who gives birth to the child be recognized as the legal mother.

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AP - April 29, 1998