EPPC and Heritage Foundation Applaud New Bill Offering Women More Reproductive Health Options

June 13, 2024

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced the Reproductive Empowerment and Support through Optimal Restoration (RESTORE) Act. This bill—which includes several recommendations from the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Heritage Foundation—champions women’s health by expanding and promoting research and data collection on the reproductive health conditions that are the leading causes of infertility. The bill also provides educational tools for women dealing with these health issues.

Policy Analyst Natalie Dodson of the HHS Accountability Project made the following statement:

The RESTORE Act fills a longstanding gap in reproductive medicine. This act promotes access to Restorative Reproductive Medicine, an approach to health care that targets underlying reproductive health conditions—common culprits behind infertility and debilitating pain. Countless women spend years battling reproductive health conditions and struggling with infertility with no answers, hope, or treatment.

These lawmakers are courageously championing couples who deeply desire biological children, offering them viable science and evidence-based options.

Heritage Foundation Senior Research Associate Emma Waters also made a statement: 

The RESTORE Act empowers couples who want but struggle to have children by offering them more options to diagnose and treat their infertility.

I am thrilled to see lawmakers promote widespread access to Restorative Reproductive Medicine by expanding existing research and training grants to medical professionals. It also provides comprehensive reports on the availability and effectiveness of such treatments for reproductive health conditions and infertility.

This bill provides a proactive, pro-family, and pro-woman method to address infertility before and alongside other traditional approaches—instead of pushing a one-size-fits-all focus on IVF, which is already widely available in the United States.

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