Senate To Vote On Bill To Guarantee Access To IVF Nationwide

The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday on a bill put forward by Democrats that would guarantee access to in vitro fertilization nationwide.

The vote is part of a broader push by Senate Democrats to draw a contrast with Republicans over reproductive health care in the run up to the November elections. Democrats are highlighting the issue this month, which marks the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Today, women and families across America are worried about more than Roe’s demise. They’re worried about what comes next, including the erosion of reproductive freedoms nobody thought were at risk. This includes access to services like IVF,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier this week in remarks on the Senate floor.

The procedural vote is likely to fail due to GOP opposition. Republicans have criticized the Democrat-led legislation as unnecessary overreach and a political show vote.

“Why should we vote for a bill that fixes a non-existent problem? There’s not a problem. There’s no restrictions on IVF, nor should there be,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, told reporters.

The legislation the Senate will take up – the Right to IVF Act – would enshrine into federal law a right for individuals to receive IVF treatment as well as for doctors to provide treatment, which would override any attempt at the state level to restrict access.

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