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What Does the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Mean for Fertility Treatments?

With the Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, this thrusts fertility treatments into the limelight in terms of how treatment types will function moving forward. The recent overturning of Roe v. Wade by SCOTUS has created a very fluid topic, so we will obviously have updates as they become known and warranted.

Until then, here are some initial questions that I am sure you have and what we know/recommend at this current point in time.

What Does Roe v. Wade Overturning Mean for Those Who Need Fertility Treatment?

As of now, the ruling should not impact people at all. SCOTUS has sent the rights for whether a woman can receive an abortion back to the individual states to decide. Abortion is not illegal in most of the US because of this ruling. There are some states that have enacted “trigger laws”, which immediately ban abortions. We suggest you look to your state legislature for their current abortion positions.

However, we do not know how the states will rule, or if they will even take a position on already existing frozen embryos. This new decision overturning Roe v. Wade does not discuss fertility treatment. However for now, patients should know that there are MANY options available to them, as they try to start or enlarge their families.  

The field is dynamic and it seems that some changes could potentially come following this new rule. However, as of now, we do not know what, if any, changes will emerge. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has stated that while they disagree with the decision of SCOTUS, nothing changes for now.     

How Does Roe v. Wade Overturning Affect Fertility Centers?  

Again, by all accounts, this should not affect fertility at all. Many state legislatures have carve-outs for IVF and it should not affect people’s access to care. Each state will be different and the will of the people in each state will dictate if the ability to get IVF is affected and how.

If Living in a State Where Abortions are Illegal and Fertility Practices Come Under Fire, What Should I Do?

We know it may be difficult, but do not overreact. Plan to go about your treatments as planned.  It appears to be very unlikely that this new ruling from SCOTUS will change much in the fertility space. With that being said, we recognize that this is an extremely volatile, polarizing topic and it remains to be seen what each state will decide to do.

As more information becomes available, Dreams Fertility will be ready to support you with all of your fertility needs and questions. We will constantly monitor this situation and update this post as information becomes more readily available. 

If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to talk to someone, please email us at info@dreamsfertility.com.