How Alabama IVF Ruling Could Cause Political Chaos For GOP

A member of the anti-abortion group, A Moment of Hope, holds a plastic model of a fetus 12 weeks into its development, as part of a gift bag they try to hand out to patients arriving for abortion appointments at a Planned Parenthood clinic, Friday, May 27, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Republicans are facing another political headache in the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, this time involving in vitro fertilization procedures, that could spell disaster for the party heading into the 2024 election.

The latest hurdle comes out of Alabama after the state Supreme Court ruled last week that frozen embryos are legally children and that the destruction of embryos constitutes a crime under the state’s “wrongful death of a minor” law.

Following the ruling, the University of Alabama at Birmingham health system announced it was halting its IVF procedures immediately over fear of lawsuits and prosecutions. It is the largest hospital in the state and the eighth-largest in the nation. Other healthcare providers in Alabama are likely to follow suit.

The GOP is already facing backlash from the state Supreme Court’s decision, particularly as the ruling not only negates public opinion on IVF but also can have personal consequences for nearly 1 in 6 Americans struggling with fertility problems, according to Politico.

Alabama’s high court may have just placed a target on the backs of Republicans heading into a critical general election, as the embryo decision risks alienating swing voters and highlights another manner in which the striking down of Roe v. Wade is affecting more people than those who are anti-abortion.

“It certainly intersects badly with general election politics for Republicans,” Stan Barnes, former GOP Arizona state senator and political consultant, told Politico. “When a state, any state, takes an aggressive action on this particular topic, people are once again made aware of it, and many think: ‘Maybe I can’t support a Republican in the general election.’”