Gratch, I don't have a horse in this race but I was wondering about this part:
If life begins at fertilization, then they are essentially outlawing In Vitro fertilization procedures.
Where does this come from? I looked at a summary of the legislation and it has this:"The bill redefines one term currently in statute, “medical emergency,” regarding a pregnant woman, and adds these two definitions for the terms “bodily function” and “fertilization” in the general abortion statutes"
"Fertilization” means the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum."
Which would include In Vitro. Not knowing anything about the "general abortion statutes" there, is this what you were referring to?
Victoria summed it up well, but I'll elaborate.
The IVF process (in a nutshell) involves harvesting eggs from the mother, fertilizing them with the father's sperm in a petri dish, incubating them for 3-5 days, then transferring one or two viable embryos back into the mother.
The number of eggs per process which actually fertilize and begin to develop varies wildly from person to person. Mrs. Gratch got 36 on our last round (which is crazy high), her friend got 6. The doctor will pick the best one or two embryos out of the bunch, then they put the rest in cryostasis. In our last round, of the 36 eggs that fertilized, only 12 of them made it to the viable embryo stage. Of those 12, only 6 were high enough quality to implant. The first two we tried to implant didn't take, the second set did. So I still have 2 fertilized embryos on ice right now, in case we ever want to try for more kids.
The problem with the Kansas law is that the moment these embryos are fertilized, they are considered "alive". I haven't read through the entire document yet (I shamefully admit that my post last night was a knee jerk reaction sans research), but I assume that with the "life" designation, they claim certain protections under the law. Therefore the rest of the process (incubating, storing unused embryos, etc.) would essentially be criminal.
It brings up two questions:
1. Do the doctors get charged with kidnapping for keeping the embryos frozen?
2. Do I get tax write-offs for all 36 of my fertilized embryos?
I'm being facetious, of course, but this law does bring up all sort of issues with IFV and fertility treatment issues. I'm hoping they thought through at least some of these, but am highly doubting it.