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Alabama Republicans pledged to revisit IVF in hopes of a long-term fix. They never did.

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Republicans had pitched the bill they enacted in March as a short-term solution to quickly reopen IVF clinics, which halted services following a controversial court ruling.

When Republicans in Alabama enacted a law earlier this year to protect in vitro fertilization following a court decision that halted the treatment in the deeply conservative state, they pitched it as a temporary fix.

They vowed to revisit the issue before the state Legislature adjourned and promised to work on a bill they said would serve to protect IVF long term in Alabama, where the state Supreme Court had ruled that embryos are children — a decision that created a national uproar.

They never did.

The hard deadline for action this year came and went, as the GOP-controlled Legislature adjourned this week, ahead of its scheduled May 20 date to do so.

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