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Lawmakers in a hurry might want to consider model ART legislation from the pro-life Americans United for Life (AUL).

The bill recommends limiting the transfer of embryos to two at a time and encourages using frozen embryos before creating new ones, AUL official Mailee Smith said. It also would require comprehensive informed consent, so women can understand the range of health risks associated with multiple births, she said.

None of these paths are clear-cut, of course. Lawmakers, like the rest of us, have eyes that glaze over when the subjects are ART, half-human hybrids and ethics. But the alternative is to start building really big shoes for all the women who have so many children they don’t know what to do. Maybe Nike will step up and “just do it,” but somehow I doubt it.

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