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Major US church group votes to oppose IVF

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 17 June 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1335
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The Southern Baptist Convention voted at its annual meeting on 14 June to oppose the use of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) by its 14 million members, despite speeches in support. It is the largest Protestant denomination in the US. Roman Catholics also oppose IVF.1

Some 10 000 delegates voted to oppose IVF but did not ban it.

The Southern Baptist resolution asserted that “human being” includes “frozen embryonic human beings.” It said that …

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