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Does IVF Change a Woman's Right to Choose?

It's a woman's right to choose to end a pregnancy, but should any consideration be given to how she became a mama-to-be? A British Report examines women who use IVF and then abort the fetuses. It said:

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.

Do you think there is a difference between terminating an intentional pregnancy versus a surprise one?

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cutefactory cutefactory 7 years
The proper term is "anti choice" when referring to not allowing a woman autonomy over her body. I'd also be curious to find out how many of the abortions are due to practicing selective reduction. To me, that's a lot different than suddenly changing your mind about being a mom.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
snowy I've noticed that too, most of onsugar is not pro-life friendly.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
there should be at least one more option in this poll. or are only pro-choice people welcome on this site?
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Sunday I wondered the same thing, teens getting IVF? That's insane. If you choose to get IVF, and then choose to have an abortion (for non-medical reasons), you're probably not capable of thinking rationally enough to make choices for yourself.
flyinggrip flyinggrip 7 years
This article isn't very specific circumstances of the terminations. Some women go through IVF and end up with multiple fetuses and may choose to selectively reduce for a better shot at a full term pregnancy. Its very difficult to get triplets to term reducing to twins increases the chance that the mother with deliver healthy babies. Not every woman who goes through IVF wants to be octomom!
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
I would think it's very rare for a woman to go through IVF and then panic because she's just realized she's going to be a mother. IVF is a very serious, painful process. Regardless of what I think it's her body, time and money that went into IVF, and it's her decision.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I really doubt that there are enough women out there that go through the very expensive and painful process of IVF procedures and then decide to abort for it to be statistically significant at all. Way to pick on a very insignificant amount of people and make it seem like its a lot.
boredgourdless boredgourdless 7 years
It is a woman's choice, plain and simple. Women receiving IVF could abort due to health issues for mother and/or fetus. It could be their life situation has drastically changed. It could be regret, it could be anything. It's really none of our business, but an issue to be resolved between the woman in question and her doctor.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
It's not up to any of us to judge each other's decisions - that's what being Pro Choice is about, letting each woman weigh the factors that are important to her. Putting restrictions on a woman's ability to choose says that it's OK to hold her body hostage - and that is NEVER OK. For more from other young reproductive justice advocates check out the Abortion Gang at
schnappycat schnappycat 7 years
I'm firmly pro-choice, but having done IVF (twice), I definitely find it puzzling why someone would go through all of the effort, pain, time, and money to then abort. Unless it was for unexpected health reasons after pregnancy was achieved. Otherwise, it's bizarre. Typically people who undergo IVF don't do so lightly (and usually only after all other fertility treatments have failed), and are in fact required to undergo many physical tests before even beginning treatment. After reading this, perhaps some mental health testing should also be required.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
What does "many" mean? Are we talking 12, or 1,200? Circumstances change, but it's still a woman's body and therefore, to me, her choice.
joeysnotoriogirl joeysnotoriogirl 7 years
that's so true unless they've seen what loss and abortion do to a family
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Not surprising at all when so many people consider a baby to be "just a bunch of cells".
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I hope they give these people some therapy before performing the abortions but either way I don't think it should change their right to choose.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 7 years
Health risks can still come up no matter how you get pregnant. Just because you get an abortion after IVF doesn't mean it was purely a social reason. Although I'm sure that does happen to, which just sounds very strange. I could never imagine actually trying to have a baby, wanting a baby, and then doing that. And teens are getting IVF!? What?
Liss1 Liss1 7 years
I don't understand why someone would go through all of that to get pregnant and then have an abortion. That doesn't make any sense.
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