The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has reacted critically to reports that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) may recommend that IVF treatment should be offered free to all women under 40 who experience fertility problems. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC political secretary, commented: "Although we have great sympathy for couples who suffer from infertility, IVF involves experimenting with, discarding and demeaning vast numbers of newly-conceived embryonic unborn children. No fewer than 1.2 million human embryos have been killed or left frozen as a result of IVF. Free IVF will mean that countless thousands more human beings at their most vulnerable stage of development will be threatened by death or indignity." Mr Ozimic said: "It must be remembered that IVF is a very unsuccessful way of treating infertility and the desire of cientists to obtain human embryos to experiment upon has resulted in the sidelining of other, more successful forms of infertility treatment which don't involve destructive embryo techniques. "Health care resources should prioritise ethical and successful ways of helping childless couples - ways which don't involve wasting and degrading human life", he concluded.
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