From the Director.
Click to Download PDF: Tiny Sparks newsletter. Spring 2020
IVF Begs Many Questions
Up until just over a month ago, right before the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommended suspending new IVF treatments in light of COVID-19, the IVF industry celebrated several victories. First, New York, Colorado, and Utah joined the ranks of a dozen other states that mandate certain health plans cover IVF. Utah’s application of IVF is frighteningly unique and deserves special attention (see Something Puzzling About Utah). Second, New York overturned its ban on commercial surrogacy, a practice which more often than not presupposes the use of IVF. Watching as the bills moved effortlessly through the legislatures, one thing became overwhelmingly clear: IVF is just not well understood. And, is it possible that some of the ignorance is intentional? Several pro-life groups attempted to highlight the grave dangers that IVF imposes on young human lives, but their efforts seemed to fall on deaf ears. Does society so desperately want IVF to be a legitimate solution to infertility that it willfully ignores the truth about how it works? Wanting something to be good can’t make it so. Which is why asking questions – about what is and isn’t said (see What Celebrities Aren’t Sharing about IVF) – is so important when discussing IVF. One of the most important questions you can ask is simply, “what does that mean?” You may have to ask it more than once. Too much about IVF is omitted, obfuscated, or simply danced around. The result is that people who would otherwise be appalled by IVF’s death and destruction describe it as a “miracle.”
Sincerely, Laura Elm. Founder and Director.