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Patients Are Concerned With The Future Of Fertility Treatments

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in June kicked off a discussion about when life begins, sparking fears from the IVF community.

In Tennessee, which has one of the strictest abortion bans in the country, those fears prompted the state’s Attorney General to put out an opinion in October that says disposal of fertilized human embryos that have not been transferred to a woman’s uterus is not against the law and does not qualify as an abortion.

The opinion came after Tennessee resident Sara Chambers published a video that went viral on TikTok showing the conversation she had with her state representative over the disposal of human embryos.

“Actually, in the response I received from my State Representative, he said the law is moot to IVF, but then he moved to say that the discarding of embryos is separate, and they do see that unborn child as a life, even though the fertilization happens outside of the womb, so discarding those embryos is in violation of the law,” said Chambers.

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