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         January 2017



Just as UK fertility clinics around the UK celebrate 250,000 babies born by IVF, new official statistics from Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have revealed that since 1991 2,315,262 human embryos have been discarded and destroyed during IVF treatment. These figures were recently revealed by Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, responding to a written question from Lord Alton of Liverpool. 

In 1991, IVF was brought under a comprehensive regulatory framework following the passing of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in 1990 which regulates human embryo creation and research and monitors and licenses fertility clinics in the UK.

The statistics also revealed that in one year, between July 2014 and June 2015, 84,044 embryos were transferred to uteri and 172,184 embryos were discarded and destroyed and since 1991 a total of 1,687,260 embryos have been transferred to uteri and 2,315,262 embryos have been discarded and destroyed.

Success rates for IVF continue to increase and more women and couples are using assisted reproductive technology. In 1991, 6,146 women received 6,609 IVF treatments, resulting in 1,226 live births. And in 2013 this figure had increased to 52,288 women receiving 67,708 cycles of IVF, resulting in 15,283 live births.

Josephine Quintavalle, veteran pro-life campaigner, has commented saying that "every human embryo is a life to be cherished”......"Far from diminishing the importance of the embryo we should marvel at the incredible complexity of how much is contained in such a tiny human being, and never never forget that that is how we all started our journey through life."...."When I heard how many of these little lives in UK IVF freezers had been deliberately discarded between 2014 and 2015, I realised to my great sadness that the number is almost as high as the number of abortions in the UK in the same period”. (as quoted by the Christian Institute)