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Alabama's Law Protecting IVF Embryos Is Wrong -- But Consistent

A medical lab technologist fertilizing an IVF embryo

Photo by Christian Hartmann/Reuters

I'm not here to join the mockery of Alabama for declaring that embryos are children — and, therefore, in vitro fertilization clinics must protect them forever. On the contrary, I admire its honesty. Many states have effectively banned abortions, arguing that destroying an embryo amounts to baby killing. Yet they look the other way when fertility clinics discard hundreds of thousands of unused embryos, which they routinely do.

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Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois asked Wednesday for unanimous consent to pass her bill granting federal protections to IVF and other advanced fertility treatments, to prevent more states from doing what the Alabama Supreme Court did to shut the practice down.

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