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IVF babies face extra health risks, doctor reveals

Catholic World News - September 27, 2011

A Canadian doctor who has been active in in vitro fertilization now believes that the procedure is "creating a population of sick babies."

Dr. John Barrett told the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society that babies produced by the artificial technique have shown a highly disproportionate number of health problems. The risks are mostly associated with multiple births, which are far more common in IVF cases.

Government officials and medical societies have generally not taken action to alleviate the risks associated with IVF births. But in Quebec, the government has moved against the multiple births by ruling that only one embryo can be placed in a woman at a time--leaving all the other embryos created by IVF procedures to die.

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