Personhood Initiative Impacts Infertility Treatments

RENO, NV - Nine years ago registered nurse Paula Miller was told if she wanted to have any more of her own children, her only option would be in vitro fertilization.

She says she did her homework, and one year later, she welcomed her son.

“It wasn't successful right off the bat. Fresh I-V-F cycles and a couple of frozen transfers cycles as well. But ultimately we did get a little boy,” says Miller.

But if ballot initiative makes it to Nevada voters in November and is approved, such practice and treatment may be outlawed.

Look at a picture of cells five days after fertilization you have to magnify it by 150 times.

As far as "Personhood U.S.A" is concerned, the cells are a person, and should be afforded the same protections as any human being.

That means abortions would be outlawed, most birth control would be illegal, and as far as in vitro fertilization goes the mere practice itself would fall into question.

“Are we then going to have to transfer every abnormal embryo and make every patient potentially miscarry?” asks Miller

Other questions include: Would the freezing of embryos be legal, or would all of them have to be implanted in the woman at one time? Could viable embryos be donated?

Stem cell research involving embryonic cells would be out of the question.

Besides being opposed to the research morally, Personhood USA calls such research obsolete.

“It’s the last option. Who is to say…why should someone else tell them that won't be an option any longer,” says Miller .

That answer may ultimately be left up to Nevada voters in November.

Wednesday in Carson City, Personhood Nevada will ask that its ballot initiative be allowed to go forward. The measure would change the state constitution to “The Term Person includes every human being.” If voter approved it too would outlaw abortions in Nevada.