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Democrats look to protect fertility treatments in post-Roe era

Published by Axios. Read the full article.

Democrats are moving to protect access to fertility treatments in anticipation of a raft of bills bestowing legal rights on fetuses that are expected to be introduced in state legislatures next year.

Driving the news: Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are introducing legislation in the Senate later today to outline a federal right to fertility treatments, in the belief restrictions on abortion could otherwise apply to assisted reproductive technologies, Axios has learned.

  • Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) is introducing companion legislation in the House.
  • Sarah Bogdan, director of government affairs at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, which helped develop the bill, said that the organization is “concerned that in the rush for some states to pass ‘personhood’ bills in January, states may inadvertently or purposefully ban IVF.”

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