by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) oppose North Dakota Measure One. The citizens of North Dakota will be asked to vote for or against this ballot measure on November 4th, 2014. Measure One essentially provides constitutional legal rights to fertilized eggs.
Charles Coddington, MD, President of SART said, “Measure One would insert the government into very personal medical decisions and ignore the individual choice of health care. In vitro fertilization procedures will not be possible because all fertilized eggs without regard to their viability, chromosomal abnormalities or carrier status for genetic disorders must be recognized and protected.”
As Stephanie Dahl, MD, a North Dakota OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologist, explains, “Measure One will halt our ability to offer assisted reproductive technologies including in vitro fertilization to our patients and deny couples suffering from infertility a medical solution to their disease and a vital option by which to build their families.”
“Measure One represents an attack on family planning, an attack on a woman's access to health care, an attack on the privacy of the physician-patient relationship and an attack on the rights of women and their families in North Dakota,” added ASRM President Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, MPH.
We strongly urge North Dakotans to vote against North Dakota Measure One.