Your right to conceive babies could be at risk if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Overturning Roe v Wade may put more than your abortion rights at risk

CONTRIBUTORS

Fertility services like IVF could be effectively outlawed in states that legislatively declare that life begins at conception.

Cathryn Oakley

Opinion contributor

Thanks to Roe v. Wade, when my wife and I built our family together, we were able to conceive via in vitro fertilization (IVF).

That’s right: Roe v. Wade protects the right of people to conceive babies, too.

If the U.S. Supreme Court does indeed overturn 50 years of precedent in its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, fertility services like IVF could be outlawed in states that legislatively declare that life begins at conception. The impact of such a reversal would be immense and immediate, not only for people seeking access to abortion, but also for all of us who have relied on rights that flow from that ruling to help us make decisions about when and how to become parents.

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