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Alabama Legislature Votes to Restore IVF Access

The votes in the House and the Senate come nearly two weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that frozen eggs are children, setting off a national debate about how IVF is performed in the U.S. (Click image for article.)

Debate before the legislation’s passage revealed how fraught a topic this is for Republicans, who have been forced to address a politically sensitive and ethically complicated issue as a result of the Alabama high court’s decision. | Seth Herald/AFP via Getty Images

 

Alabama’s GOP-controlled legislature voted Thursday to give doctors who provide in-vitro fertilization civil and criminal immunity for any death or damage to embryos.

The votes in the House and the Senate come nearly two weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are children, igniting a national debate over how IVF is performed in the U.S. and putting pressure on Republicans grappling with how to convey their views on abortion ahead of the 2024 election.

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