US Hospitals Halt IVF After Court Rules Embryos as Children

The recent Alabama Supreme Court decision classifying frozen embryos as children has ignited a firestorm of debate across the United States. As US hospitals halt IVF treatments, patients are left in limbo about their reproductive options. To gauge public opinion, a survey was conducted by Real Research, revealing a fascinating mix of viewpoints.

Key Findings

  • A majority (62.98%) sided with the court’s decision, classifying embryos as children.
  • US hospitals halt IVF services. Despite this, 60.92% supported Alabama’s clinics’ decision.
  • 68% believed the Alabama Supreme Court should review its decision to ensure continued access to IVF.

Alabama’s Controversial Embryo Ruling

The Alabama court declared that frozen embryos created through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) are legally considered children. The survey found that over 70% of respondents were aware of this controversial ruling.

Figure 1: Respondents on whether they agree with the court’s decision classifying embryos as children
Figure 1: Respondents on whether they agree with the court’s decision classifying embryos as children

Interestingly, 62.98% sided with the court, classifying embryos as children, while 37.02% disagreed.

US Hospitals Halt IVF, Patients in Uncertainty

In addition, the survey sheds light on the practical consequences of the ruling. Faced with potential legal ramifications, some Alabama hospitals stop in vitro fertilization services.

Consequently, as US hospitals halt IVF services, patients are left with their dreams of parenthood facing an uncertain future. Despite this, 60.92% supported clinics’ decision to suspend services.

Figure 2: US hospitals halt IVF: Respondents’ support on IVF clinics’ decision to suspend services

Price Concerns and Access Fears

The potential future cost of fertility treatments was another key concern.  While some (31.58%) believe the ruling might strangely lead to more affordable options, most (36%) expect an increase in costs.

Figure 3: Should the Alabama Supreme Court review or suspend its ruling?

A more concerning long-term consequence, as highlighted by the Alabama Medical Association, might be a decrease in access to fertility treatments. Nearly 68% believe the Alabama Supreme Court should reconsider its ruling to ensure continued access to IVF.


Survey TitleSurvey US Hospital Halts IVF After Court Rules Embryos As Children
DurationMarch 1 – March 8, 2024
Number of Participants5,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.