Doctors say IVF is protected under Arkansas’ abortion trigger law

“For a select group of patients, it may be their only hope to have a family,” said Dean Moutos...
“For a select group of patients, it may be their only hope to have a family,” said Dean Moutos M.D. with Arkansas Fertility & Gynecology.(Source: KARK-TV)
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 8:47 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK/KAIT) – Nearly two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, questions over reproductive health and what’s protected under Arkansas law still linger.

One of the biggest questions: Will in vitro fertilization (IVF) be allowed under certain legislation?

“For a select group of patients, it may be their only hope to have a family,” said Dr. Dean Moutos with Arkansas Fertility & Gynecology.

According to content partner KARK, Dr. Moutos has been helping couples start families for nearly 30 years, but he’s “concerned” his profession could be in limbo.

During IVF, multiple embryos are created in the hopes one will turn into a pregnancy, but not all of them are successful.

“If those frozen embryos were given the same legal status as an unborn child in utero, then that would be a problem,” Moutos said.

He explained what’s created in a lab isn’t the same as an unborn child, adding it is not considered “terminating” when IVF isn’t successful.

Moutos said under Arkansas law IVF would be protected, at least for now.

“We are always concerned about future legislation,” he said.

Moutos said his doors will remain open for now, continuing what he considers to be a valuable practice.

“It’s an essential part of reproduction,” he said. “Nothing gives us greater joy than to have someone bring their child up to our table when we’re eating and tell me how grateful they are.”

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