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Some Women Choose To End IVF Pregnancies

A report published in Britain suggests that as many as 80 women a year are choosing to terminate pregnancies after successfully conceiving via in vitro fertilization.

The right-wing, anti-abortion pundits are making a huge fuss over this, calling it a tragedy that any women would go through the trouble and expense of conceiving through fertility treatments and then choose not to have the baby.

The data only show that several dozen women between the ages of 18 and 34 choose to end pregnancies conceived through IVF. There’s little proof that these pregnancies are being aborted because the women “changed their minds”. A few admitted to undergoing IVF under pressure and then choosing to abort, but most of their reasons are unknown. They may be facing health issues for themselves or terrible, even fatal, birth defects in the fetus.

Even if some IVF patients do change their minds and choose to end their pregnancies, what of it?

A few dozen people is a small fraction of the IVF-assisted pregnancies each year. While there’s no question these women knew they were trying to become pregnant, there are a myriad of reasons why women have abortions. The fact that a few women intentionally become pregnant and then abort their pregnancies isn’t that surprising.

It seems to me that the decision to end a pregnancy is a private one between a woman and her doctor, no matter how or why she became pregnant in the first place.

What do you think? Should IVF require a bigger commitment to see things through than a pregnancy conceived the old-fashioned way? Or is it none of our collective business what women do with their reproductive organs?

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