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Pres. Biden blasts Alabama Supreme Court’s IVF ruling on frozen embryos

Pres. Biden blasts Alabama Supreme Court’s IVF ruling on frozen embryos

Pres. Biden blasts Alabama Supreme Court’s IVF ruling on frozen embryos

President Joe Biden at the end of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Rome^ Italy. October 31^ 2021
President Joe Biden at the end of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Rome^ Italy. October 31^ 2021

President Joe Biden blasted the Alabama Supreme Court’s recent decision on in vitro fertilization which ruled that frozen embryos are people. The state court’s decision prompted the University of Alabama at Birmingham pause IVF treatments.

Biden said that the Alabama high court’s decision is a “direct result” of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, and also casted blame on former President Donald Trump with his appointments of conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a statement Thursday afternoon, Biden condemned the Alabama high court’s ruling: “Today, in 2024 in America, women are being turned away from emergency rooms and forced to travel hundreds of miles for health care, while doctors fear prosecution for providing an abortion. And now, a court in Alabama put access to some fertility treatments at risk for families who are desperately trying to get pregnant. The disregard for women’s ability to make these decisions for themselves and their families is outrageous and unacceptable.”

Biden’s statement came a day after the Alabama Supreme Court ruling, which marked the first time a court has ever given rights and protections so early after conception, but did not ban in vitro fertilization (IVF) and is limited to Alabama. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that embryos created through IVF are children under state law, prompting legal concerns among doctors and patients over unused embryos that get discarded in the process. As a result of the ruling, The University of Alabama at Birmingham announced that it would stop IVF treatments, citing possible legal repercussions as a result of the decision: “we are saddened that this will impact our patients’ attempt to have a baby through IVF, but we must evaluate the potential that our patients and our physicians could be prosecuted criminally or face punitive damages for following the standard of care for IVF treatments.”

Biden said he and Vice President Kamala Harris are committed to fighting for reproductive rights and “won’t stop until we restore the protections of Roe v. Wade in federal law for all women in every state.” Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in a Thursday morning statement: “What is happening in Alabama right now is only possible because Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justices overturned Roe v. Wade. Across the nation, MAGA Republicans are inserting themselves into the most personal decisions a family can make, from contraception to IVF. With their latest attack on reproductive freedom, these so-called pro-life Republicans are preventing loving couples from growing their families. If Donald Trump is elected, there is no question that he will impose his extreme anti-freedom agenda on the entire country.”

Editorial credit: Alessia Pierdomenico / Shutterstock.com

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