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(ABC News)   35 years ago today, Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby" was born. Since then in-vitro fertilization has become very common. So common that Congress is considering using your taxes to fund IVF for poor, infertile couples   ( divider line
    More: Followup, Louise Brown, IVF, reproductive medicine, TRICARE, fertility treatments, CEO Barbara Collura, out-of-pocket costs  
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2013-07-25 11:21:41 AM  
4 votes:
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2013-07-25 11:05:20 AM  
4 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: fark off, subby.  Infertility is an illness, and should be covered as such.

Being ugly is an ilness. Congress should pay for hookers for the uglo-americans
2013-07-25 10:33:23 AM  
4 votes:
This is not he future that science fiction promised me.

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2013-07-25 02:39:05 PM  
3 votes:
Don't need no stinkin' Nipple Necks!

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2013-07-25 11:25:34 AM  
3 votes:

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Science is creating Red Sox fans. The Mother Farking Yankees are doomed.
2013-07-25 10:52:39 AM  
3 votes:
fark off, subby.  Infertility is an illness, and should be covered as such.
2013-07-25 12:51:24 PM  
2 votes:

KimNorth: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Ever see a third world, poor as dirt farmer struggling to conceive children? Maybe evolution is telling you something, middle class white people.

Yes and they send the wife back to their mothers house and take another wife then if that wife does not get pregnant she might get smart and start doing the brother giving the husband children so it all works out.....You need to get out more! Your point is invalid. They have infertility but for different reasons.

Don't get caught at it.

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2013-07-25 12:19:25 PM  
2 votes:
Because as I'm stuck in traffic on my commute I often find myself thinking, "If only there were a way to make even more people."
2013-07-25 11:14:19 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-07-25 11:06:21 AM  
2 votes:

FarkedOver: But if you are infertile, isn't that God's way of saying don't farking have kids?

Yes. And your marriage should be annulled, too. Because of the threat it presents to the productive marriages.
2013-07-25 11:13:06 PM  
1 vote:

great_tigers: The My Little Pony Killer: bmwericus: Free birth control
Free abortions
Free hospital care
Free child care
Free food

I'm poor and I don't get any of this for free. Certainly not the abortions, birth control, or hospital care.

For the food, I could stop by the local food bank. That isn't the government paying for it though. It's the kindness of the citizens around me.

Maybe total fark should not be one of your monthly bills?

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2013-07-25 01:17:46 PM  
1 vote:

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He's adorable.

Make sure you have copies of his birth certificate if he is eligible to be President. If you need advice on how to dance the infamous Dance of the Seven Veils with birth certificates, my 9th cousin 3 times removed, Barrack Hussein Obama, is considered to be an expert by many of my stupider, more backward cousins.

Birth Certificate?  I've got video of his birth in a Boston hospital and him immediately swaddled in an american flag.
2013-07-25 12:54:33 PM  
1 vote:
Look on the bright side:

* Humans have a natural urge to reproduce their useless selves. It's biology. It's evolution. Some people can love adopted children, but most don't love them as much as blood relations which is why people are more likely to murder a non-blood relation than a similarly close blood relation. All your exes are buried in Texas. WE'RE ON TO YOUR EVIL WAYS.

* When people go to that kind of trouble, a baby is a wanted baby.

* The population growth rate in some countries is close to or below zero. This has many repercussions in the political, economic, cultural and social spheres. It is probably good to have the population growth rate close to zero, but not too low or too high.

* Births mean fewer immigrants are needed, which should satisfy the anti-immigrant and xenophobic portion of the population. If you don't like Mexicans and don't want them working for $2.00 an hour under slave conditions (WTF? why wouldn't you want them working at $2.00 under slave conditions if you don't like them?) then you should be happy that reproductive technology makes it possible for fat, lazy (mostly) white bastards like yourself to reproduce. Take care of your diabetes or it will kill you and your children.

* There is a shortage of healthy white babies to adopt. You have to "settle" for a child who is non-white, seriously handicapped or ill, and possibly no longer young enough to be cute, let alone to adapt to your family life. In short, you might have to adopt a sassy black dwarf teenager, like Gary Coleman. NTTAWWT.
Who the Hell do you think you are? Michael Jackson? If you could raise a sassy black dwarf properly, you'd have your own ferris wheel and a complete fun park in the back yard.

* Hey, what can I say? It's your damn Constitution that guarantees people the right to the pursuit of happiness. That means the natural state of being happy, not the chase, by the way. The word had a slightly different meaning in those days. It was broader. The Founders believed that the natural state of man was happiness (not contentment, but something more active). They believed God meant for us to be happy (and good). They therefore guaranteed it by law. You should be able to lead an active and reasonably safe and pleasant life. That's what America the Beautiful is all about. Her Evil Twin, America the Evil Harpy is just the opposite. She ain't promising anybody the right to plant a rose garden, and she'll tear it up if you try.

I like to think that Canada guarantees its people the right to the pursuit of happiness as well, in its own way. But being more conservative at the time of our Constitution-mongering in 1867, and more liberal at the second phase in 1982, we guaranteed a whole lot more and a whole lot less.

For example, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms contained language that explicitly said that it was not an exhaustive list of rights and freedoms, and that the categories of people guaranteed these rights and freedoms were only for example. Thus it was easy to give gays the right to marry: they were implicitly grandfathered in before anybody dared to propose the legislation.

Sneaky bastards! Most MPs, even in the Conservative Party, couldn't see any really good reasons for gays and lesbians and many others not to have exactly the same rights and duties as other citizens, but they didn't want to PO their constituents back home in their ridings. So they left the job to "activist" judges in the Supreme Court and to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canadians have a whole bunch of unspoken rights and freedoms. We have no idea what they are until somebody complains about them being violated.


I think that's cool.

The USA is separate but equal. You have a different way of doing things. It is at once more actively bootstrapy and more insane. It is called Congress.

In fact, this is one reason why I am on the American instead of the Canadian You are fascinating little moonbats. Oh, don't demure. You know it.

The other reason is that there isn't, to the best of my knowledge, a Canadian

We have to piggy back on your resources, which are 9-12 times greater than our own because you have a bigger population (9x) with a lot more rich people (at least 12x) in it. You have half the world's billionaires, which means that you are trodden under the feet of the 1% more than us, but your 1% can also be more productive and generous than our 1%, who aren't nearly as numerous or rich.

Personally I suspect that Canada could use some major population growth and that we can't do it all by ourselves. Breeding is just too much work for kids nowaday. My Father spoke of this indirectly when I was home for a week of vacation and photograph scanning.

The family name is not being carried on by my immediate extended family. Of course, the other few million family members may be having greater success than us. Any hoo, that's not as serious as it sounds. My ancestors have had a lot more daughters than sons, and apparently, as Lisa is told by one of her female relations, the defective Simpson gene is carried on the Y chromosome. We don't produce as many great men as some more numerous family names, but those we do are often lulus (one of my many times great-uncles saved Canada from extinction--TWICE. Three times if you count his 15 children.). And our Lulus are often great women.

It's a question of tactics. Some times it is better to have sons, some times it is better to have daughters. In war you need many sons, in peacetime, many daughters, to get the job done. We have lived in peace for most of our 400 years in the New World. We have prospered, but under a variety of aliases and nationalities.
2013-07-25 12:50:13 PM  
1 vote:

Stoker: Over populated planet and idiot still want to bring as many new people into this world.

It' got to be for the Soylent Green.

Relax, almost all IVF parents are educated middle class whites. They normally will produce new generations of future taxpayers. That's why Congress wants to fund it.
2013-07-25 12:33:19 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-07-25 12:10:08 PM  
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SuburbanCowboy: Infertility is becoming more frequent because of the chemicals in the foods we eat, and the things in our surroundings. Men are having lower and lower sperm counts because of estrogen mimics in plastics, and from the increase in soy in all of our food.
we should be fixing those problems because they effect everyone.

I'm with you on the "thousands of chemicals we don't fully understand" line, but SOY causing problems with fertility?  A billion people in China would beg to differ.
2013-07-25 12:04:46 PM  
1 vote:

God Is My Co-Pirate: fark off, subby.  Infertility is an illness, and should be covered as such.

You sound barren.
2013-07-25 12:03:12 PM  
1 vote:

Sybarite: This is not he future that science fiction promised me.

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I had no idea that Chris Farley was a test tube baby.
2013-07-25 11:56:14 AM  
1 vote:

Stoker: Over populated planet and idiot still want to bring as many new people into this world.

It' got to be for the Soylent Green.

You've already had your vasectomy, right?
2013-07-25 11:46:57 AM  
1 vote:
And retards should get into Harvard
2013-07-25 11:40:11 AM  
1 vote:
Well I've gotta admit, it's a great way to recruit future Democrats before they are even born...
2013-07-25 11:39:39 AM  
1 vote:

Eagles409: Let me get this straight, I get to have my tax dollars spent helping poor people have kids and then after they're born, my tax dollars can support them until they grow up (and probably beyond). long as the money comes out of the military budget. For the care and feeding, too.
2013-07-25 11:29:08 AM  
1 vote:
do it!  The infertile poor deserve to be just as miserable blessed as the infertile rich!
2013-07-25 11:27:49 AM  
1 vote:
That must of been a really big test tube.
2013-07-25 11:23:34 AM  
1 vote:
So I see two things have happened a good many times in this thread.

1. Few people read the article about the cost of the treatments

2. Even fewer people exercised some critical thinking and reasoned out that even for a middle-class family, the IVF costs are pretty high, but that maybe, just maybe, they should receive assistance and have a child because they can support a family, but have difficulty with the upfront cost.

But yeah, this is easier.

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2013-07-25 11:16:59 AM  
1 vote:
Ever see a third world, poor as dirt farmer struggling to conceive children? Maybe evolution is telling you something, middle class white people.
2013-07-25 11:13:03 AM  
1 vote:

teenytinycornteeth: People who are so gung ho to judge IVF couples for not adopting should do a little research into what it takes to adopt these days.  After seven years of infertility we went to Catholic Charities and were told we had to supply a $5,000 non-refundable "donation" up front just to apply.  Then you have to be researched and accepted, then a mom has to pick YOU out of the thousands of people who are submitted, and if picked, you then pay an additional $15-$18K "donation" in order to adopt the kid.  You can be on the list for seven years with no guarantee of getting a child and your application fee will not be returned.  While on the list for adoption if you happen to, by some miracle get pregnant, you're removed from the list without a refund because they don't want natural born infants and adopted children in the same home together.

Don't even get me started on the hoops required for adoption from foreign countries, which can include writing a letter of apology to the Chinese government for any past misdemeanors, even as a juvenile.

It should be just as difficult to have children naturally, IMHO.
2013-07-25 11:09:24 AM  
1 vote:

Brittabot: vernonFL: IVF is expensive. Poor couples who can't conceive naturally should adopt.

While that is a perfectly valid option, adoption is oftentimes just as expensive as IVF.

/also, good luck being approved for an adoption if you're poor.

But social Darwinism yada yada!

If you're poor because you're both public school teachers maybe you should get a sprog, but if you're poor because you aren't capable of working a job above the level of dish washer maybe you shouldn't be spreading those memes, let alone genes.
2013-07-25 11:09:17 AM  
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Meanwhile, back at the clown car....
2013-07-25 11:06:47 AM  
1 vote:

misanthropic1: Virtually all of humanity's problems could be solved by there simply being way fewer of us in existence.

/we should be funding birth control, not this

You're absolutely wrong.  All of humanity's problems can be solved via tax cuts.
2013-07-25 11:06:10 AM  
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FarkedOver: But if you are infertile, isn't that God's way of saying don't farking have kids?

Just like cancer or a heart attack.  Or being a ginger.
2013-07-25 11:04:10 AM  
1 vote:
This is probably way worse than spending hundreds of billions a year to bomb brown people and build planes that nobody wants.

2013-07-25 10:29:57 AM  
1 vote:
Yeah.... that's a terrible idea.

What's wrong with adoption anyway? Why do you have to spend thousands of dollars to have your own biological offspring when there are existing children who need a home?
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