Author William M Connolly compiles the statistics on IVF success rates. Below is the percentage of successful pregnancies from various procedures.
“In February 1999, Reuters reported that about 20,000 babies were born with the help of laboratory fertility techniques out of 64,000 attempts in 1996. Reuters cited figures of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The success rates for the various techniques were described as follows:
— In vitro fertilization – 26%
— Gamete intrafallopian transfers – 28%
— Sperm injected directly into ovum’s cytoplasm – 28%
— Zygote intrafallopian transfers – 30%.”
William M Connolly One Life:How the US Supreme CourtDeliberately Distortedthe History, Science and Law of Abortion (Xlibris, 2002) 122
As you can see, IVF techniques have high rates of failure. This leads to many conceived embryos being lost. If life does begin at conception (and you can find 40 quotes from medical textbooks saying it does here) than IVF leads to the loss of many human lives. When you read the following quotes from medical textbooks, keep in mind how low IVF success rates lead to many newly conceived lives being lost.
“Human life begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm (spermatozoo developmentn) unites with a female gamete or oocyte (ovum) to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marked the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” “A zygote is the beginning of a new human being (i.e., an embryo).”
Keith L. Moore, The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2003. pp. 16, 2.
“The oviduct or Fallopian tube is the anatomical region where every new life begins in mammalian species. After a long journey, the spermatozoa meet the oocyte in the specific site of the oviduct named ampulla, and fertilization takes place.”
Coy et al., Roles of the oviduct in mammalian fertilization, REPRODUCTION 144(6):649 (Oct. 1, 2012)
“In fusing together, the male and female gametes produce a fertilized single cell, the zygote, which is the start of a new individual.”
Rand McNally Atlas of the Body (New York: Rand McNally and Company, 1980) 139, 144.Share on Facebook