Alabama passes bill protecting IVF clinics

by ian


Both chambers of Alabama’s legislature yesterday passed Republican-led bills to protect IVF in the state.

The state Supreme Court’s controversial ruling last week gave frozen embryos the same legal protections as children. Many IVF clinics have now paused procedures for fear of criminal prosecution.

But the bills would extend civil and criminal immunity to IVF providers for the destruction of embryos created during the treatment process – essentially overruling the court’s decision.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate attempted to pass similar protections on Wednesday. But Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.) objected to the wide-reaching legislation, saying IVF procedures were never in danger in the first place.

The senator says the bill would have legalized human cloning, commercial surrogacy, gene-edited babies, and more. But she successfully blocked the bill, forcing a broader discussion and a slower committee process.