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Republikaner im US-Senat blockieren Gesetzentwurf der Demokraten, der das Recht auf IVF sichert

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Democrats failed on Wednesday in their attempt to pass a bill through the U.S. Senate guaranteeing Americans access to in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction technologies, after a court in Alabama classified frozen embryos as children.

The state’s Supreme Court ruling on February 16 that frozen embryos should be considered children prompted at least three providers in Alabama to halt IVF procedures, where eggs and sperm are combined in a laboratory dish for couples struggling with conception.

The court ruling in Alabama raised concerns that those involved in IVF could face criminal prosecution because embryos, which are sometimes found to be non-viable, are sometimes discarded or used for research, and that it could encourage other states to follow suit.

Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran who suffered serious injuries in combat in 2004, requested an immediate vote in the Senate on the passage of her „Access to Family Building Act“ on Wednesday.

Her motion for a vote, which required the approval of all 100 Senators, was promptly blocked by Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

„The bill before us today is a gross exaggeration, full of poison pills and goes far beyond ensuring legal access to IVF,“ said Hyde-Smith.

Duckworth countered that her bill would simply guarantee access to IVF treatments and facilities „without the fear of prosecution“, while also protecting IVF providers and insurers.

While many Republican officials expressed discomfort with the court ruling in Alabama, the party was not willing to align with the Democrats on this sensitive issue, related to the nationwide debate on women’s abortion rights.

Duckworth told reporters on Tuesday that she struggled with infertility for a decade after her military service in Iraq, leading her and her husband to turn to artificial insemination. They now have two children.

„I have five embryos that were created through IVF; three that were deemed non-viable, would not survive,“ Duckworth said.

She said that in 2013, her doctor warned her that if „personhood laws“ were enacted regarding embryos, „I could be convicted of manslaughter or murder for discarding these three non-viable embryos.“

Reproductive rights are expected to be a key issue in this year’s presidential and congressional elections. Democrats will be fighting against both the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the landmark case Roe v. Wade and actions related to IVF.

In a statement on Wednesday, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre called the Republicans‘ blocking of the Duckworth measure „outrageous.“

Jean-Pierre added that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris „will continue to fight to protect access to reproductive healthcare, including IVF, and urge Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade in federal law for all women in all states.“

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