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The future of IVF is in jeopardy

Published by The Hill. Read the full article.

Today, I am a mother. But before I became a mother, I was a woman like so many others struggling to get pregnant and grappling with the emotional devastation of infertility. Yearning to build a family, I turned to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in hopes of bringing home a baby. On my family-building journey, I was also one of the countless women who needed a lifesaving dilation and curettage procedure (D&C) for an ectopic pregnancy — a fertilized egg growing outside of the uterus — for which I also needed emergency surgery and took the immunosuppressant medication methotrexate.

Ultimately, I turned to adoption to become a parent and became an advocate supporting people who build their families in many different ways, including through fertility treatment. Following the Supreme Court’s July decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ending federally recognized abortion rights, proven medical treatments like IVF become the collateral damage of the battle to dismantle reproductive freedom. That is why our organization unequivocally supports the Right to Build Families Act in Congress, introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) along with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.). This national legislation is urgently required to protect IVF across the country, as the end of Roe v. Wade has painfully laid bare a patchwork of reproductive freedoms defined by state borders.

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