Headline RoundupFebruary 21st, 2024

How Will Alabama's Supreme Court Ruling Impact IVF Treatments?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The future of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments is uncertain following a ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court.

For Context: Last week, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos used for IVF treatments are legally recognized as children. This follows the state’s 2018 constitutional amendment to include personhood rights for fetuses.

From the Left: A writer for Vox (Left bias) navigated the implications of the ruling, determining that the “right to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization will be the next to fall.” The article addressed concerns from some healthcare providers, who explained that “the destruction of at least some embryos is a normal part of IVF” and the court’s ruling could drastically increase the cost of IVF treatment since “medical facilities may have to pay outlandish costs to store frozen embryos long after it is clear that no one will ever use them.”

From the Right: A writer in the Daily Signal (Right bias) outlined the court case that led to the decision and affirmed the ruling, arguing that it “rightly places the well-being of children front and center in how clinics practice in vitro fertilization and embryo cryopreservation” and “recognizes that each child is created in the image of God and therefore deserves the full force of the law’s protections.” The writer expressed hope that other states will issue rulings similar to the Alabama decision, concluding, “Alabama has taken the first step toward extending personhood to all human beings, no matter how small.” This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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