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Alabama IVF Ruling is About Controlling Who Can Reproduce the Citizenry

The GOP is on an earnest quest to create a theocracy in which white patriarchy remains dominant in the US. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Jamie Heard reads to her son Legend at their home in Chelsea, Alabama, on March 5, 2024. Jaime’s IVF process was halted due to the supreme court decision that embryos are considered children.

 

A cascade of new attacks on reproductive rights has continued to spread through the U.S. following the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling last month that frozen embryos are children.

Lawmakers in more than a dozen states are currently considering fetal personhood legislation that could affect IVF. Since the Alabama ruling, Iowa has advanced fetal personhood legislation.

The United States public has largely reacted with shock and horror to the realization that the Republican-led anti-abortion frenzy is now endangering access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) — the infertility treatment in which an egg and sperm are combined in a laboratory and the resulting embryo is then implanted in the uterus. At least three Alabama IVF providers ceased providing the treatment in response, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Under enormous national pressure, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill protecting IVF patients and providers in the aftermath of the ruling, which, for the meantime, will allow IVF to continue in the state.

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