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Patients worried IVF treatments could become illegal under abortion bans, doctors say

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Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, hundreds of frantic phone calls have poured into fertility centers across the nation from patients worried not about abortion access but about their frozen embryos.

Patients are contacting doctors to discuss the legal status of fertilized embryos and decide whether to move them to states with looser abortion restrictions, said Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, vice president and physician at Fertility Centers of Illinois.

“There’s so much unknown that it creates a great sense of uncertainty,” she said.

The growing concerns come as some abortion laws and bills moving through legislatures, including in Kansas and Wyoming, threaten to jeopardize access to in vitro fertilization, a type of assisted reproductive technology.

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