Oklahoma parents worry Supreme Court ruling could derail family

Oklahoma parents are panicked that the recent Supreme Court ruling could derail their family. Since the ruling paved the way for Oklahoma’s abortion ban, KOCO 5 has heard questions about what exactly is outlawed. The attorney general has confirmed IVF treatments are still legal but a local doctor said that’s not easing all fears.In vitro fertilization or IVF treatment is protected in the state and is not considered part of the abortion ban but there are concerns that it may not always be that way.”Nothing that we do should be construed as abortion first and foremost. The bill talks about the unborn child, and the definition of an unborn child according to the bill, has to do with gestation,” said Dr. Eli Reshef, a reproductive specialist.Reshef explained IVF does not have anything to do with gestation, yet patients come in daily with panic in their eyes.”We have a lot of concern. We have frantic patients that have been scheduled for In vitro fertilization that are worried about ‘can I do it?’” Reshef said.The answer is yes. The attorney general clarified in a statement that abortion laws do not apply to IVF treatment.”What we do is try to build families, try to help people conceive and create their future,” Reshef said.Yet, there is fear it may not always be that way.”What we’ve seen in the past is that there are attempts to harm reproduction. In the process we start harming patients that are not seeking abortion but are seeking to reproduce to create their future, that’s wrong,” Reshef said.Doctors said they’re ready to fight for the right to reproduce and protect the millions of families who face infertility.”If anybody tries to interfere with the right to reproduce, they’re creating a grave error against humanity,” Reshef said.Reshef said as a patient, don’t panic. Unless new laws come into place, IVF treatment is legal, safe and an effective way for any family facing infertility to try to conceive.

Oklahoma parents are panicked that the recent Supreme Court ruling could derail their family.

Since the ruling paved the way for Oklahoma’s abortion ban, KOCO 5 has heard questions about what exactly is outlawed. The attorney general has confirmed IVF treatments are still legal but a local doctor said that’s not easing all fears.

In vitro fertilization or IVF treatment is protected in the state and is not considered part of the abortion ban but there are concerns that it may not always be that way.

“Nothing that we do should be construed as abortion first and foremost. The bill talks about the unborn child, and the definition of an unborn child according to the bill, has to do with gestation,” said Dr. Eli Reshef, a reproductive specialist.

Reshef explained IVF does not have anything to do with gestation, yet patients come in daily with panic in their eyes.

“We have a lot of concern. We have frantic patients that have been scheduled for In vitro fertilization that are worried about ‘can I do it?’” Reshef said.

The answer is yes. The attorney general clarified in a statement that abortion laws do not apply to IVF treatment.

“What we do is try to build families, try to help people conceive and create their future,” Reshef said.

Yet, there is fear it may not always be that way.

“What we’ve seen in the past is that there are attempts to harm reproduction. In the process we start harming patients that are not seeking abortion but are seeking to reproduce to create their future, that’s wrong,” Reshef said.

Doctors said they’re ready to fight for the right to reproduce and protect the millions of families who face infertility.

“If anybody tries to interfere with the right to reproduce, they’re creating a grave error against humanity,” Reshef said.

Reshef said as a patient, don’t panic. Unless new laws come into place, IVF treatment is legal, safe and an effective way for any family facing infertility to try to conceive.