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Lawmaker proposes new regulations for fertility clinics

February 27, 2009 |  4:10 pm

Concerned that a fertility doctor helped a mother of six become pregnant with octuplets, a state lawmaker today proposed that California more closely regulate fertility clinics.

State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Chino) has introduced legislation that would bring fertility clinics under the jurisdiction of the Medical Board of California and their approved accrediting agencies, and set accreditation standards and guidelines for the operation of the clinics.

"It is alarming that the state of California has no one watching out for patients who go to these fertility clinics,'' Negrete McLeod said. "There should be a greater level of scrutiny over these clinics because of their increasing popularity.''

The senator reacted with "disbelief'' to news reports that Dr. Michael Kamrava helped Nadya Suleman become pregnant with octuplets who were later born prematurely and with health problems, according to Alfonso Sanchez, a spokesman for the senator.

"Her biggest concern was, 'What was the doctor thinking?' '' Sanchez said.

-- Patrick McGreevy reporting from Sacramento