- Media outlets stirred fears that new abortion restrictions following the overturning of Roe v. Wade could impact fertility treatments such as IVF.
- ” “Not one state legislature or Congress are debating making fertility treatment or IVF illegal,” Mallory Carroll from SBA Pro-Life America told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Experts have stated that these fears are not true, as abortion laws usually refer to in-utero pregnancies and not frozen embryos kept in laboratories.
New state-level abortion restrictions do not ban in vitro fertilization (IVF) despite concerns raised by corporate media and abortion advocates, according to multiple experts.
Democrats, abortion activists and media outlets have stirred fears that post-Roe v. Wade abortion restrictions could limit fertility treatments including IVF, but new abortion laws would have little or no impact on the practice because they focus on in-utero fetuses rather than pre-implantation embryos. During IVF, eggs are extracted from a woman’s body, fertilized in a lab, frozen and implanted into a womb, according to the Mayo Clinic, with unwanted embryos left over at the end of the process often donated or discarded.
The New York Times ran an article highlighting fears of “infertility patients and doctors” that abortion bans could limit IVF, while NBC News reported that “providers and lawyers” were worried about new laws impacting IVF, and an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times suggested that IVF would be “derailed” by abortion restrictions.
The articles raise concerns about abortion restrictions, which could lead to the banning of common IVF procedures such as the disposal of unwanted embryos frozen by parents after an IVF cycle is completed.
If Republicans take back power in November, a nationwide abortion ban is the next step. Then? Contraception bans, IVF bans, sex education bans. These are not alarmist facts.
— DCCC (@dccc) July 10, 2022
However, state-level abortion bans enacted since the overturning of Roe v. Wade define abortion as the termination of a post-implantation pregnancy, according to The New York Times.
“Pro-abortion activists and legacy media outlets who continue to suggest that IVF will be limited intentionally mislead the American people,” Mallory Carroll, vice president at SBA Pro-Life America, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Not a single state legislature or Congress is debating making fertility treatments or IVF illegal – to suggest otherwise is scaremongering.”
Alabama, which banned most abortions in a 2019 bill that went into effect after Roe was overturned, includes unborn children in utero in its definition of personhood for the sake of murder law, excluding pre-implantation embryos. Republican Alabama State Sen. Clyde Chambliss, the bill’s sponsor, clarified that the bill did not apply to frozen embryos in 2019.
“The egg in the lab doesn’t apply,” he said, according to Bloomberg. It’s not possible for a woman to have it. She’s not pregnant.”
Arkansas also defines human life beginning at fertilization rather than conception, according to The New York Times. According to state law, a person “is an individual organism of Homo sapiens starting at fertilization and ending with live birth.”
Of the 13 state trigger laws banning most abortions, 12 will have no apparent impact on IVF; Utah’s impact on IVF is unclear since it bans the intentional killing of a “live unborn child,” which could potentially be interpreted to include the discarding of frozen human embryos created through IVF, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The Utah bill, however, focuses only on pre-implantation pregnancies. It does not include IVF.
Abortions restrictions may, however, have an impact on the practice of selective abortions in multifetus pregnancies due to IVF.
Multifetal pregnancy reduction is the practice of removing one or more fetuses through abortion when a woman is pregnant with multiples, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Multifetal pregnancies have seen a dramatic increase in frequency due to IVF. (RELATED: Abortion Activists Seethe After Biden WH Calls Them ‘Out Of Step’)
Since not every embryo will be successfully implanted into the womb, doctors will often implant multiple embryos, which can result in multifetal pregnancies, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some women opt to abort some of these fetuses in such cases to reduce the risk to their health from multiple pregnancies.
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