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A Kansas family races to have another child through IVF amid legal and political uncertainty

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A disruption to in vitro fertilization in Alabama has some Kansans worried they could be next. It comes as experts raise questions about ‘fetal personhood’ in state law.

DERBY, Kansas — Chelsea and JaMikell Burns wanted to be parents. But Chelsea’s first four pregnancies were ectopic, and had to be removed for her safety. The couple tried six rounds of intrauterine insemination, but Chelsea didn’t get pregnant. Testing and an exploratory surgery didn’t yield answers.

“The only thing (the doctors) could see that would work,” Chelsea said, “would be IVF.”

She said the hormonal injections were painful, but not as much as the waiting. And the cost: around $30,000 for the cycle, because their health insurance — like many plans — didn’t cover it.

Finally, after years of agony, their son Greyson was born a little over a year ago.

“He’s absolutely the light of our lives,” Chelsea said while the couple played with him at their home in Derby, just south of Wichita. “Every day is a joy.”

They want him to have a sibling. But in January, when they transferred the only other viable embryo from their IVF cycle — which, they said, cost another $12,000 — it didn’t survive.

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