Senators Unveil Bill To Protect IVF Access Nationwide

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Katie Britt (R-AL) are set to introduce legislation Monday that would ensure in vitro fertilization (IVF) access is “legally protected nationwide.” The bill would make IVF a condition for states to receive federal Medicaid funding.

If state legislatures or courts move to ban IVF, those states would become ineligible for Medicaid funding under the proposed legislation. The move comes as Republicans try to distance themselves from a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling that created a political headache for the party ahead of the November election.

In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, the senators wrote, “Our goal is to make sure that any family’s path to bringing a child into the world isn’t compromised by preventable legal confusion.” They emphasized that the bill does not prevent states from setting up “health and safety standards to govern IVF.”

According to a Cruz aide, the bill is motivated by Democrats’ “fear-mongering tactic” to paint Republicans as anti-IVF. The aide told reporters, “The goal of this bill is to sort of lay that hypocrisy bare and you know, force Democrats to take a vote on it.”

The Republicans’ bill is separate from Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) bill introduced in January, which many Republicans have pushed back against, arguing its broad language could allow a backdoor into possible abortion protections.