Statistics on IVF success rates

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:

— Use of frozen embryos – 16%IVF success rates

— 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.

There are many more quotes like this. 

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23% of pro-choicers believe life begins at conception

According to one study:

“14% of pro-choice advocates say life begins when the fetus has measurable brain activity or motion.

Even among pro-choice advocates, 23% believe life begins at fertilization.

38% of pro-choice advocates believe life begins when the fetus would be able to survive outside the womb.

15% believe life begins at birth.”

When Does Life Begin?” The Harris Poll, HarrisInteractive, February 18, 2007

]Cited in Johannah Haney The Abortion Debate: Understanding the Issues (Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, Inc., 2009) 19

Brain waves have been measured in an embryo at 42 days after conception

5 weeks
5 weeks
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Only minority of people believe abortion should always be legal

NARAL Pro-Choice America, NOW and Planned Parenthood’s political position, their push for no restrictions at all on abortion up until the time of birth, has always been supported only by a minority of the population.

“Even in abortion’s prime, a Gallup poll, published in USA Today (1/22/1998), revealed only 23% of Americans were willing to endorse the idea that abortion should be legal under any circumstances.”

Randall K O’Bannon “Support for Pro-Life Policies and Legislation Growing” National Right to Life News, November 11, 1998, 6

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2003 poll: 58% of Americans think life begins at conception

Pro-Life author Troy Clark:

“A Newsweek poll, in its June 9, 2003, cover story, “Should a Fetus Have Rights?”, disclosed that a strong 58% majority of Americans believe either life begins at conception (46%) or when an embryo is implanted in a mother’s uterus (12%) shortly thereafter.”

“Newsweek poll shows majority of Americans believe life begins at conception”, June 2, 2003

Troy Clark, Ph.D. Abortion Every 90 Seconds: The Whole Story (Kindle, 2015)

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67% of women and 55% of men felt abortion would make them feel bad

A poll asked about situations which would make a person feel very bad about himself or herself, and 67% of the women questioned and 55% of the men questioned in the age group 18 to 29 years old felt that having an abortion was high on the list.

“The Curse of Self-Esteem,” Newsweek  February 17, 1992, reporting on a Gallup poll.

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Donating tissue makes some women feel better about abortion

The following question was asked to women in a poll:

“If you became pregnant and knew that tissue from the fetus could be used to help someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease, how would you feel about having an abortion?

The results were (approximately):

Better: 49%

Worse: 10%

No different: 45%

Uncertain: 12%

Douglas K Martin et al., Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 1, 1995

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27.3% of women have abortions due to abuse

In one study 27.3% of women stated their experience of abuse influenced their decision to abort.

TW Leung, et al. “A comparison of the prevalence of domestic violence between patients seeking termination of pregnancy and other general gynecology patients” International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 77(1) 2002

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Survey shows people don’t know when abortion is legal

In a poll, people were asked when abortion was legal. Nearly all of them gave the wrong answers.

This is what the poll found:

49% of people surveyed think that abortion is illegal after 7 weeks

76% think abortion is illegal in the 2nd trimester and beyond

93% think abortion is illegal in the third trimester.

11% think abortion is illegal after the unborn implants on the uterine wall

CSUN Survey Results: Abortions until What Point in Pregnancy? Stand To Reason November 10, 2006

In reality, abortion is legal before 20 weeks in nearly every state, up to 24 – 26 weeks in some states, and in a few states, all the way up until birth. In New Jersey, for example, abortions can be legally done on the mother’s due date, even if the baby and mother are healthy.  The baby can be killed as long as she is in the womb, regardless of how far along the mother is.

The preborn baby implants in the uterine wall only a few days after conception, before the mother even knows she is pregnant.

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0.005% of abortions in England were done for risk to woman’s life

The following was cited in “ABORTION A Briefing Book For Canadian Legislators” Campaign Life Coalition NATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE July 2002

“The British Hansard Written Answers of July 1, 1987 discloses that of 2.6 million abortions carried out in England and Wales between 1968 and 1986, 123 (or .005 percent) were performed to save the life of the mother.”

Many doctors, including abortionists, have said that abortion is never needed to save the life of a woman.

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Abortion rate among teens dropped from 39% to 14%

The number of abortions done on teenagers has dropped a great deal. The abortion rate among teens is much lower than it was.

“Teens represented fewer than 14% of all abortions in 2011, compared to nearly 39% in 1980.”

Brittany Ferrell “Abortion in US at 40-Year Low” Family Policy Facts, NC Family Policy Council, 12/11/2014

The younger generation is having fewer abortions than in the past.

Perhaps the wider visibility of ultrasound pictures like this one has helped lower abortion rate among teens.

Abortion rate among teens
10 week 3d sonogram
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