Is in vitro fertilization next target for Legislature?

Will the recently passed Kansas bill declaring that life begins at fertilization lead to efforts next session to increase regulation on or restrict in vitro fertilization? “I won’t be surprised,” Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. She cited a hearing in February organized by Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, that featured only critics of in vitro fertilization, in which eggs are fertilized outside a woman’s body. Pilcher-Cook also argued during the legislative debate this session that fertilized eggs stored in a fertilization clinic’s freezer have the same inherent value as people who already are born. She told the Capital-Journal last week that she hopes to co-sponsor legislation next session that will have bipartisan support.