While Roe v. Wade’s chances of codifying it into federal law face high hurdles, with Democrats on Capitol Hill pushing for protection of fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves the fertilization of multiple eggs. sensor. Patty Murray and Tammy Duckworth introduced legislation Thursday to ban the limitations on assisted reproductive technologies.
after the Supreme CourtEarlier this year, advocates raised concerns about the future of popular fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization. They fear state legislation with vague language and threatening the so-called personhood bill exercise.
The new law, according to its authors, would set limits for individuals to access reproductive technologies, protect healthcare providers who administer them, direct the Justice Department to take action against violating states and create a “private right of action” for patients and health. Care providers in states where reproductive technologies are limited.
“Our bill will assure every family in America that they will be able to access IVF services and will not be denied,” Murray told CBS News. “What we’ve seen since this decision is chaos in this country, with doctors not knowing what to do. We actually see Republican legislators who are already banning IVF.”
Duckworth has been open about using IVF to conceive her two children, and she was the first senator to give birth while in office.
Murray told CBS News he is courting Republican votes, and urged former Vice President Mike Pence to push members of his party on the issue. In an interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan last month,“I fully support fertility treatments and I think they deserve the protection of the law,” Pence, a staunch opponent of abortion, revealed that his wife had undergone IVF. “He brought us great comfort during those long and challenging years when we struggled with infertility in our marriage.”
Roe v. The patchwork of abortion laws in the wake of Wade requires more clarity about the impact of fertility treatments. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, many “state laws also include definitions that suggest that “personhood” begins at fertilization. Overly broad statutory language and definitions — intentional or not — can lead to restrictions on IVF and some other And can even ban. [assisted reproductive technology] procedures.”
Abortion access proved to be a powerful issue in the midterm elections, and set off concerns about the economy in some states. Democrats urged voters to elect more Democrats to the Senate to codify Roe into law. But even if the party retained control of the Senate, federal abortion protections are highly unlikely without a much stronger majority. And in January, Republicans will control the House.
In an interview with CBS News, Murray acknowledged that codifying Roe “is going to be a battle” and that federal legislation to address access is “probably going to be a prolonged effort.” But she said that “every state that had an option issue on the ballot choice won. And the voters are saying so. And if Republicans deny that or continue this chaos, they’ll see the results in the next election.” “