On the subject of IVF, NPR had a piece on this recently with some IVF doctors. They don’t have the transcript up, but it should be there fairly soon and you can listen if you want.
They talked about how the anti-abortion laws proposed were broadly of the form
- nothing after 6 weeks (or some other time cutoff)
- nothing after implantation
- nothing after fertilization
the latter of which would impact the IVF market. They cited about 2% of kids currently born via some sort of reproductive health intervention.
Also, on the subject of human “potential”, I believe (but couldn’t verify) that they said only 25% of natural fertilization events would lead to a successful birth. The improving day 5 IVF, vs older day 3 IVF embryos, have better odds than this even inspite of selectively dealing with people who have genetic problems and needing to seek IVF in the first place. This was because many embryos fail between 3-5 days so those non-viable ones are never implanted these days, unlike before they knew how to grow them a bit longer. Picking the best “embryo quality” also significantly enhances live birth success rates, removing many defective ones via generic screening and visual inspection for abnormalities (cell fragments or variations in cell size).
Obviously laws that regulate fertilized eggs could impact the IVF market, which routinely freezes embryos for multiple rounds of IVF attempts. I can only imagine if destroying those embryos becomes forbidden that the IVF clinics will periodically deliver a basket of frozen cell culture dishes to the local “safe haven” baby drop off center to give them “up for adoption”.