February 27, 2024

Embryos in Alabama

The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos created and stored for in vitro fertilization (IVF) are children under a state law allowing parents to sue for wrongful death of their minor children. The ruling revived three families' lawsuits accusing a Mobile, Alabama fertility clinic, Center for Reproductive Medicine, and the hospital where it is located, Mobile Infirmary, of failing to properly safeguard frozen embryos, resulting in their destruction.” Reuters

Lawmakers began scrambling for ways to protect Alabama in vitro fertilization services after multiple providers paused treatment… ‘Alabamians strongly believe in protecting the rights of the unborn, but the result of the State Supreme Court ruling denies many couples the opportunity to conceive, which is a direct contradiction,’ House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter said.” AP News

Some have argued that the decision should be linked to Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a 2022 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the right to abortion conferred by Roe v. Wade. SCOTUSblog

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From the Right

The right argues that the decision will not end IVF in Alabama.

From the Left

The left criticizes the decision, arguing that it is part of a broader movement to restrict reproductive rights.

The left criticizes the decision, arguing that it is part of a broader movement to restrict reproductive rights.

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