LGBTQ-expecting parents ‘extremely concerned’ about IVF laws in the US

Proposed fetal rights affect LGBTQ+ expectant parents.  (Getty)

LGBTQ+ parents-to-be are “extremely concerned” as more US states consider implementing fetal personhood bills, according to a new study.

Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022 — which has since seen 14 states ban abortion altogether and seven states impose gestational limits on abortion, according to the New York Times — states have since begun to question whether embryos should have a legal right . rights.

In February 2024, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos have the same legal rights as children. This has sparked fear among fertility clinics that IVF providers could face criminal prosecution if they destroy an embryo – which is a common part of the IVF process. Biden also responded to the court’s decision, calling it “outrageous.”

Several large fertility clinics in the state have stopped offering IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments, leaving LGBTQ+ couples, those with fertility issues and hopeful single parents with few options. reproductive assistance.

In fact, there are now three states – Missouri, Alabama and Georgia – with laws on the books that grant human rights to fertilized embryos. Arizona also passed such a law, but it is currently blocked.

Other states are currently considering similar legislation that would treat embryos and/or fetuses as “persons.” This would affect prospective parents who rely on IVF technology to bring families into the world, particularly LGBTQ+ families – who disproportionately need assisted reproductive services – and who now worry about their future parenthood plans.

A new study from SurrogateFirst found that 50% of same-sex couples say they are “extremely concerned” about fetal personality bills, compared to 41% of heterosexual couples.

Meanwhile, 67% of same-sex couples also expressed extreme concern about the negative impact of these bills on IVF and surrogacy, compared to 29% of heterosexual couples.

Surrogates – who are disproportionately relied on by LGBTQ+ people trying to start a family – also voiced their thoughts, with 5% saying they were “extremely concerned” that IVF and surrogacy could be negatively affected by the proposed bills.

The majority of surrogates (68%) said the bills would not impact their desire to help LGBTQ+ couples and partners facing infertility start a family, saying they were “determined to help… whatever the obstacles” they encounter.

If this story touched you, call Solvethe National Infertility Association in the United States at 866 668 2566 for a callback.