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In Vitro Fertilisation

Question for Department of Health

UIN HL2905, tabled on 18 November 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 November (HL2643), whether the records held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on foetal reductions carried out in the first trimester and early in the second trimester following in vitro fertilisation or donor insemination indicate that it has any significant impact on "the single biggest risk to the health and welfare of children born following fertility treatment"; if so, what is the effect and how it is represented numerically; and to what extent the recommendation that prevention of multiple pregnancies through single embryo transfer should be preferred to multi-foetal pregnancy reduction reflects a lack of efficacy of foetal reductions in reducing risks or emotional trauma associated with such a procedure.

Answered on

2 December 2014

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that it has not undertaken such an analysis but that it plans to do so.