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House Republicans join GOP governors in opposition to Alabama IVF ruling

Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., said that she doesn't support federal restrictions of IVF since the practice helped her start a family.

Published: February 23, 2024 8:34am

House Republicans are joining several GOP governors is opposing the Alabama Supreme Court ruling Thursday that frozen embryos for the vitro fertilization process are children and have the same rights as “unborn children."

The congressional lawmakers argue, in part, the ruling goes too far in protective rights and that women and the process, which helps women have children, should also be protected. 

"We should do everything we can to protect IVF for women everywhere," GOP Rep. Nancy Mace told the news outlet Axios, in a story posted late Thursday. 

The South Carolina lawmaker said members are already drafting a resolution to express their "sentiment" about the ruling, then "looking at legislative options."

The University of Alabama at Birmingham health system has since paused IVF treatments. At least two other clinics have at least partially halted IVF treatments, CNN reported.

Reps. Nick LaLota, R-N.Y., and Don Bacon, R-Neb., told Axios that they don't support restrictions on IVF and think the ruling goes too far. 

Rep. Michelle Steel, R-Calif., said that she doesn't support federal restrictions of IVF since the practice helped her start a family.

GOP governors such as New Hampshire Gov. Sununu and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said they did not support the ruling.

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