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Senate GOP blocks Democrats’ effort to ensure access to IVF

Published by the Star Tribune. Read the full article.

Democrats wanted to put GOP senators on record with the vote, and Sen. Tina Smith says it could hurt Republicans come November.

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked Democrats’ push for nationwide protections on in-vitro fertilization (IVF), as the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade nears.

The bill needed 60 votes to advance but failed 48-47, largely along party lines. Only two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in voting for the bill.

“We’re making this point like, ‘Come on, if you say you’re for this, then be for it,'” Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a co-sponsor of the bill, said in an interview ahead of the vote, referring to Republicans. Fellow Minnesota Democratic Sen. Tina Smith also supports the legislation.

The bill would establish a statutory right for patients to access IVF, for providers to be able to provide IVF and for insurers to cover the procedure “without prohibition, limitation, interference or impediment.”

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