I have been reading a lot about HB 1109. At first I kind of ignored it, but when I took a closer look, I realized how serious it was and how lucky I am that it did not effect our IVF cycle…yet.
Taken from: http://www.texasobserver.org/component/k2/item/17544-a-womb-with-a-view?tmpl=component&print=1
About HB 1109
When does life begin? It’s a complex moral issue and, as with most complex moral issues, one best answered by the men and women of the Texas Legislature. A bill authored by Republican representatives Wayne Christian of Center, Linda Harper-Brown of Irving, and Dan Flynn of Canton would define the moment that life begins. How on earth did Gov. Rick Perry pass by this bill when he was designating his non-emergency “emergency” items for the session?
House Bill 1109, which has been referred to the House Committee on State Affairs, would amend the Health and Safety Code to define when life begins as “the moment that the initial splitting of a human cell occurs during fertilization.” It further states that “an unborn human organism is alive and is entitled to the rights, protections, and privileges accorded to any other person in this state.”
You might think that this issue is already covered in the state’s penal code, which defines an individual as “a human being who is alive, including an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.” The intent of HB 1109, however, would take this a step further, affecting both assisted reproductive technology and the reproductive rights of couples dealing with infertility.
According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, the bill’s language could impair or even completely prevent doctors from practicing IVF, formally known as in vitro fertilization, because the procedure may be deemed to pose too great a risk to embryos. This type of legislation, referred to as “personhood” legislation, would redefine microscopic embryos as human beings and confer legal rights onto the embryos and even the fertilized egg. The bill could also make the process of cryopreservation— or freezing—of embryos illegal.
HB 1109 would severely limit infertility options available for couples in Texas, as IVF is one of the most effective treatments for infertility.
I strongly urge all my friends, readers and fellow IF warriors to act! Get involved, write a letter to your rep, sign petitions, let your voice be heard! I wrote 10 letters yesterday and 2 today. Resolve makes it super easy, just go to: