Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Protect IVF

Three Senate Democrats introduced a package of bills meant to protect access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) on June 3, kicking off the party’s pre-election push to put reproductive issues front and center.

The Right to IVF Act comprises four bills previously introduced by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Those bills include Ms. Duckworth’s Access to Family Building Act, Ms. Murray’s Veteran Families Health Services Act, Mr. Booker’s Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act, and Ms. Duckworth’s Family Building FEHB (Federal Employees Health Benefits) Fairness Act.

Ms. Duckworth, who conceived her two daughters through IVF, said the package would make such treatments more affordable and accessible for other families dealing with infertility.

“In the nearly two years since the Supreme Court threw out Roe v. Wade, our nation has seen the horrific consequences of Republicans’ anti-science, anti-woman crusade that has put IVF at risk for millions of Americans who rely on it to start or grow their family,” she said in a statement.

“Struggling with infertility is painful enough—every American deserves the right to access the treatment and tools they need to build the family of their dreams without the fear of being prosecuted for murder or manslaughter.”

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