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How abortion bans could restrict infertility treatments like IVF
Health care providers are trying to navigate a world without legal abortion protections and worry there could be serious implications for those patients with infertility who rely on assisted reproductive technology, like in vitro fertilization (IVF).
After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade—the 1973 landmark decision that affirmed abortion as a constitutional right—health care providers aren’t yet certain how it will impact their patients who use fertility technology that implants one or two embryos into a uterus in order to help a person become pregnant.
It’s a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) known as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and about 2 percent of all infants born in the U.S. were conceived this way in 2019.
Though the court’s decision to overturn Roe did not specifically mention ART, health care providers worry it could eventually be targeted.