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SCHIFF, CHU, AND BROWNLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO ENSURE LGBTQ INDIVIDUALS EQUAL ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE TREATMENTS
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), and Julia Brownley (D-Thousand Oaks) introduced the Equal Access to Reproductive Care Act. This bill will rectify the unequal treatment of LGBTQ individuals seeking to start a family by modernizing the federal tax code to allow equal treatment to those using assisted reproductive treatments and surrogacy arrangements regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and, when applicable, ability status.
Currently, the Internal Revenue Service does not allow some LGBTQ taxpayers to claim the medical expenses of assisted reproductive treatments – including in vitro fertilization – as deductions, while typically allowing heterosexual couples to do so, despite the fact that LGBTQ individuals and families rely on such treatments heavily to bring children into their families.