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In Wake of Alabama State Supreme Court Ruling, Sen. Mark Warner Sponsors Bill Protecting Right to Access In-Vitro Fertilization, Other Assisted Reproductive Technology

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From Sen. Mark Warner’s office:

WARNER SPONSORS FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RIGHT TO ACCESS IVF

 ~ In the wake of Alabama State Supreme Court ruling, Warner sponsors legislation to protect access to assisted reproductive technology ~

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) sponsored the Access to Family Building Act, which would establish a federal right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) for all Americans who need it, pre-empting state efforts to limit access and helping ensure no hopeful parent – or their doctors – are punished for trying to start or grow a family.

“After the Supreme Court struck down decades of precedent in overturning Roe v. Wade, we’re seeing more and more extreme attacks on women’s health care and reproductive freedom,” said Sen. Warner. “Following the far right-wing ruling in Alabama’s Supreme Court, we have to act now to make sure IVF remains legal and accessible for Americans seeking to build their families.”

The Access to Family Building Act would:

  • Establish a statutory right for an individual to access, without prohibition or unreasonable limitation or interference, assisted reproductive technology services, such as IVF, and for a healthcare provider to provide ART services;
  • Establish an individual’s statutory right regarding the use or disposition of their reproductive genetic materials, including gametes;
  • Allow the Department of Justice to pursue civil action against any state, government official, individual or entity that violates protections in the legislation; and
  • Create a private right of action for individuals and healthcare providers in states that have limited access to ART.

A copy of the bill text is available here.

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