IVF isn’t pro-life or pro-women. The Cruz-Britt bill won’t change that.

Published May 22, 2024

The Hill

On Sunday afternoon, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Katie Britt (R-Ala.) announced an in vitro fertilization bill with two aims: First, it would prohibit any state that receives Medicaid funding from prohibiting IVF, and second, it would “protect life.”  

But when the bill’s text was revealed the next morning, nothing about it was pro-life.   

In their Wall Street Journal article announcing the bill, the senators conclude: “This is an opportunity to unite on a shared bipartisan commitment to life.

Cruz and Britt are wrong. IVF, as practiced in the U.S., is not committed to protecting life.

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Natalie Dodson is a Policy Analyst at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where she works on a range of initiatives focusing on sexuality, gender ideology, religious liberty, health care rights of conscience, abortion, and nondiscrimination in EPPC’s HHS Accountability Project.

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