March 7, 2024

Students for Life Action Calls Newly Signed IVF Bill an “Overreaction to a Troubling Situation,” & New Data Shows Less than 1 in 10 Support the Troubled Business on Learning More


“We understand the desire to support parents hoping for a child, but it’s an overreaction to a troubling situation to allow the sometimes-sloppy Invitro Fertilization industry a get-out-of-regulation free card,” said Students for Life Action President Kristan Hawkins. “This law should have been rejected for its overreach. Remember how this began? An IVF business allowed someone access to three families’ dreams, which were crushed in an accident. Giving that business a free pass makes no sense.”  


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MONTGOMERY, A.L. (3-7-2024) – Students for Life Action (SFLAction) President Kristan Hawkins expressed disappointment regarding the decision by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to sign HB 237, which provides civil and criminal immunity to those irresponsibly operating invitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. The proposed law was introduced as a response to a recent ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court regarding a case from multiple Alabama families who discovered the negligence of an IVF clinic. The families sued the IVF clinic under the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act.  

“The polling on IVF to date is flawed for lack of complete information,” Hawkins noted. This week, Students for Life of America put out an online quiz that looked at young people’s attitudes about IVF, before and after learning more about its practices.  “Our research shows that, when presented with the realities of IVF — from discarding human embryos to genetic and gender tampering — 94% of people agree that IVF is morally problematic. This is true whether they are pro-life or not,” Hawkins said. “Even so, despite all the media statements about support for IVF, we found only about half (56%) supported IVF before learning more and that less than 1 in 10 (6%) found it morally acceptable after understanding more about the troubled industry.”

The Alabama decision doesn’t outlaw IVF, despite media rhetoric. However, the IVF clinics can now continue to operate but without further accountability to treat embryonic children as human beings, who are not discarded or carelessly handled like waste.   

Data from the National Institute for Health (NIH) shows that 80% of embryos produced during IVF that are chosen for implantation fail to result in a liveborn infant. With a high failure rate, a production volume is needed to create a successful implantation, resulting in effectively “disposable” children.  

SFLAction also calls upon Members of Congress to vote against H. Res. 1043, sponsored by Rep. Mace (R-SC-1), and H. Res. 1037, sponsored by Rep. Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR-5), which would provide incidental cover for the abortion industry as well.  

To see deeper analysis on the IVF issue at the state level and Federal level, read:   A Closer Look at the Alabama IVF Case  




The Pro-Life Generation (PLG) is an umbrella organization encompassing the most-cutting edge engagement opportunities for a Vote Pro-Life First Community. PLG includes Students for Life Action (SFLAction), a 501c4, along with its 501c3 sister organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA), that together make up the nation’s largest, pro-life youth organization, managing a grassroots political and policy operation engaging Americans of all ages but with a special emphasis on the largest segment of voters — the Youth Vote. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, PLG/SFLA/SFLAction serves more than 1,400 groups on middle, high school, college, medical, and law school campuses in all 50 states. Our team has more conversations with this generation targeted by the abortion lobby than any other pro-life operation in the world, each week reaching more than 4 million across social media platforms and averaging 1.3 million video views. In addition to SFLA/SFLAction, PLG leads multiple initiatives to lead and serve  the future of the pro-life movement including the Campaign for Abortion Free Cities, Standing With You, and the Demetree Institute for Pro-Life Advancement. Over more than 17 years, PLG CEO Kristan Hawkins has grown the operation into a nearly $20M organization, now preparing for an abortion-free America.