Senate Democrats Advocate for Access to IVF

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IVF has taken center stage in today’s political landscape and may play a big role in November. 

From The Epoch Times. Three Senate Democrats introduced a package of bills meant to protect access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) on June 3, kicking off the party’s pre-election push to put reproductive issues front and center.

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The Right to IVF Act comprises four bills previously introduced by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). …

Ms. Duckworth, who conceived her two daughters through IVF, said the package would make such treatments more affordable and accessible for other families dealing with infertility.

“In the nearly two years since the Supreme Court threw out Roe v. Wade, our nation has seen the horrific consequences of Republicans’ anti-science, anti-woman crusade that has put IVF at risk for millions of Americans who rely on it to start or grow their family,” she said in a statement. …

The legislation would establish a statutory right to access and provide IVF treatments, ensure they are covered by private and federal health plans, and require the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide IVF and other fertility services to military members and veterans.

Alabama Ruling Sparks National Debate

The move to protect IVF access follows the Alabama Supreme Court’s Feb. 16 ruling that human embryos stored outside of a woman’s uterus are children under state law.

The decision came in response to a wrongful death lawsuit in which the plaintiffs claimed damages for embryos stored at a cryogenic facility that was destroyed. …

Nationally, the case has prompted a wider debate over what rights human embryos should have, if any. For Democrats still hurting over the Supreme Court’s 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade, the ruling represents another Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights. …

Congressional Republicans, however, have widely expressed support for IVF, including Sens. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who have introduced their own proposal that would withhold Medicaid funds from any state that would ban the treatments outright. …

Still, other Republicans have opposed expanding access to IVF. …

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(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash)

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