In the UK, Hope is Sometimes a Business

May 10, 2019

Private clinics exploiting, without any regulations, the oldest and most fragile women by persuading them to have fertility treatments—this is the scandal denounced in the United Kingdom by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), an organization answerable to the Ministry of Health,.

“Trading in hope” is a sinister practice which was denounced in the UK in a report broadcast on the BBC, on April 22, 2019. Some private clinics begin by targeting women wanting a child even though they are over 40. Showcasing very selective success rates, these institutions easily manage to convince the most vulnerable patients.

So, we have learned that since 2004, the number of women in their 40s who have agreed to fertility treatments has doubled, with 10,835 women affected in 2017.

The HFEA report points to the hidden face of this “trading in hope”—among those using their own eggs, 2,265 embryos were transferred in 2017 and only 75 women aged 43 and 44 years gave birth. For women over 44, the rate is even lower.

Sally Cheshire is the President of the HFEA. Questioned by the BBC, she believes that clinics should be transparent about both the costs and the probability of results. Because on average, with all ages taken together, in vitro fertilization (IVF) fails in 70% of cases.

Sally Cheshire denounces the aggressive marketing tactics used to persuade the most vulnerable women to resort to these treatments. “Now we see ads like ‘baby guaranteed or your money back,’” she laments.

All these derivatives are contained virtually, and from the beginning, in IVF technology, and this regardless of the best intentions of the practitioners or the patients. A spotlight must be put on this sorcerer's apprentice technology, which is contrary to the natural order, in order to fight effectively against the commercialization of human beings created in the image and likeness of God.