Health Highlights: Sept. 13, 2019

By on September 13, 2019

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Fertility Clinic Sued by White Couple Who Had Asian Baby

A New Jersey fertility clinic is being sued by a white couple who had an Asian baby.

The baby girl was born in 2013 to Kristina Koedderich and Drew Wasilewski after in vitro fertilization at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at St. Barnabas. By the time the baby was two, the couple realized something was amiss and a DNA test revealed that the girl was only related to Koedderich, CBS News reported.

The couple, now divorced, allege in their lawsuit that Koedderich received sperm that was not from Wasilewski, and that the sperm harbored a genetic disorder. Along with monetary damages, the couple wants information on their daughter’s biological father.

The fertility clinic has been ordered to provide a list of sperm donors.

“The problem we have here, what happened to Drew’s sperm?” said the family’s attorney, David Mazie, CBS News reported. “It was supposed to be inseminated that day. So if it didn’t go into Kristina, is it someone else who he fathered? “

“If I have other children, I want them to know who I am,” Wasilewski said.

The “integrity of our treatment processes are paramount and we are taking this matter very seriously,” according to a statement from the clinic, CBS News reported.

More than 78,000 babies were born as a result of reproductive technology performed at U.S. fertility clinics in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, no single governmental agency regulates the fertility industry as a whole, CBS News reported.


Clean Water Regulation Repealed by Trump Administration

The repeal of an Obama-era clean water regulation is expected to be announced Thursday by the Trump administration.

Environmentalists say the move is an assault on protection of the nation’s streams and wetlands, The New York Times reported.

The repeal of the regulation that placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and water bodies has been widely expected since President Donald Trump signed an executive order about it in the early days of his administration.

The repeal was scheduled to be announced at the headquarters of the National Association of Manufacturers and will take effect in a few weeks, The Times reported.

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