I’m more convinced of it now than I ever have been before. My rant (and final post) at Creative Minority Report this week:
On Wednesday (last week), Matt highlighted here at CMR two very disturbing stories involving IVF: Mom To Have Dead Son’s Baby and World’s First IVF Lottery. If that’s not enough to sicken you for one week, here’s another one I found from the UK Daily Mail:
Dozens of women are aborting babies conceived by IVF because they have changed their minds about motherhood, figures suggest.
Many are in their teens, twenties and early thirties, implying that numerous abortions were carried out for social reasons, rather than on health grounds.
Relationship breakdowns, fears about motherhood and simple changes of heart are all likely to have played a part in the terminations.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority statistics, released by the IVF watchdog through the Freedom of Information Act, have angered family campaigners who accuse the women of treating babies like ‘designer goods’.
The revelation has also surprised fertility doctors who generally lose contact with patients after they become pregnant. Professor-Bill Ledger, a leading fertility doctor and member of the HFEA, said: ‘I had no idea there were so many post-IVF abortions – and each one is a tragedy.’
He added: ‘These women can’t be surprised to be pregnant. You can’t have an IVF pregnancy by accident.’
The statistics show that an average of 80 abortions are carried out in England and Wales each year following IVF treatment.
In 2007, the figure was as high as 97 – with almost a third of the women aged between 18 and 34.
This stuff really infuriates me.