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Frozen embryos stored at a fertility treatment hospital

Frozen embryos stored at a fertility treatment hospital

(Washington = Larose.VIP) Correspondent Kim Dong-hyun = There is great confusion over whether in vitro artificial insemination (IVF) is possible after a state court ruling in Alabama, USA, recognized frozen embryos as ‘humans’, Washington Post (WP) ) reported on the 21st (local time).

Previously, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled on the 16th that frozen embryos that have not yet been born are children and that if they are discarded, there must be legal liability.

Since then, infertility treatment hospitals in Alabama have been considering how to provide IVF treatments for infertile couples and whether it is realistically possible to continue operating in Alabama.

Typically, IVF procedures involve collecting multiple eggs and artificial insemination to increase the chances of success.

Of the several embryos created this way, only some are implanted into the uterus, and the rest are frozen and stored in case the first attempt fails.

The problem is what to do with frozen embryos left over after a successful pregnancy, but the WP reported that the Alabama court is said to have made it virtually impossible to dispose of frozen embryos.

Mamie McClain, a doctor at the largest fertility treatment hospital in Alabama, said, “If the current Alabama ruling were to go ahead, neither patients, doctors nor fertility treatment centers would try to freeze embryos.”

Even if hospitals continue to offer IVF procedures in Alabama, patients may have to spend more time and money than before.

If a doctor creates multiple embryos at once and freeze-preserves them, even if the IVF procedure fails, they can try again using the frozen embryos. However, if there are no frozen embryos, new eggs must be collected and fertilized each time the IVF procedure is performed.

This ruling only applies to Alabama, but could affect other states in the future.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 97,128 people were born through IVF in the United States in 2021, and there are 453 IVF treatment hospitals across the country.

Katie O’Connor, who researches federal abortion policy at the National Women’s Legal Center, said hospitals and doctors may decide that infertility treatment in Alabama is too risky, and anti-abortion groups could seek similar rulings in other states. did.

Anti-abortion groups came out in support of this ruling.

Lila Rose, founder of the anti-abortion group ‘Live Action’, said, “They are using them in experiments to create children in Petri dishes and then destroy them at will,” adding, “Human beings should not be kept in ice or destroyed. This is not an object. “He said.

This ruling has the potential to further heighten the debate over abortion rights that has arisen since the 2022 Supreme Court repealed the Roe v. Wade decision that recognized abortion as a constitutional right.

WP said that this ruling opened a “new chapter” in the debate surrounding reproductive rights, and that groups advocating for the right to abortion were dealt another blow.

The Biden administration, which pledged to protect abortion rights, opposed this ruling.

“We expected this kind of chaos when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, letting politicians dictate the most personal decisions families have to make,” White House press secretary Carine Jean-Pierre told reporters the day before.

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