Hospital system in Alabama IVF case pauses treatment

The hospital system involved in the controversial Alabama Supreme Court ruling on in vitro fertilization, or IVF, announced on Thursday that it would suspend all IVF procedures.

The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Mobile Infirmary is “pausing IVF treatments to prepare embryos for transfer” effective Feb. 24, it said in a press statement sent to the Washington Examiner.

President of Infirmary Health Mark Nix said that “the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision has sadly left us with no choice but to pause IVF treatments for patients.”

On Wednesday, the University of Alabama at Birmingham health system announced it was suspending IVF treatments, saying it “must evaluate the potential that our patients and our physicians could be prosecuted criminally or face punitive damages for following the standard of care for IVF treatments.”

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