Public Wailing about IVF

The Alabama ruling declaring that IVF embryos are people and not property has created the expected public wailing.

The lament casts the justices as cruel for having swiped from people the chance to have children.

One headline used these provocative words: “Alabama Ruling on Frozen Embryos Raises Concerns for Cancer Patients.” The Alabama ruling has nothing directly to do with cancer. Rather, cancer patients sometimes freeze eggs, sperm, or embryos before cancer treatment for fear they may otherwise lose fertility. IVF, therefore, would still make it possible for them to try to have children after they have finished cancer treatments.

Do not be confused by the media’s propaganda regarding this issue. Be sure you understand what the Alabama State Supreme Court did. It settled a dispute in which frozen embryos had been destroyed at a fertility clinic. Couples sued and were rebutted by lower courts, claiming it was destroyed property and not people. The state high court correctly observed, “the Wrongful Death of a Minor Act applies to all unborn children, regardless of their location.”

That’s it!

The Court did not outlaw IVF. It did not outlaw cryopreserving embryos. It simply observed that as Alabama law recognizes serious consequences for the wrongful death of a minor outside or inside of the womb, so also does it recognize consequences when the child is cryopreserved in a lab. A person is a person, no matter how small.

Without a doubt, society has become accustomed to disposable lives. But Alabama is not alone in their view:

  • Louisiana banned embryo destruction in 1986, yet IVF continues to function within those guidelines.
  • Germany limits how many embryos can be created at a time.
  • Italy prohibits freezing human embryos except in extraordinary circumstances.

Websites for IVF clinics often boast phenomenal success rates. This is a deception in how they use the facts. They are not factoring in the countless embryos lost and destroyed in the process.

Penn Medicine, from the University of Pennsylvania, candidly reports that, “The chance of having a full term, normal birth weight and singleton live birth per ART [assisted reproductive technology] cycle using fresh embryos from nondonor eggs is 21.3 percent for women younger than 35.”1 accessed 2-27-24

Put another way, 78.7% of the unborn children conceived via IVF die. The only difference is that these children have yet to be held and loved. They are children, nevertheless. Where is the outcry for them?


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