Political and Legislative

Alabama Legislature Passes Bills to Protect IVF Following State Supreme Court Ruling

The Republican-led Alabama House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve legal protections to health care entities that provide in vitro fertilization services, with lawmakers taking swift action to mitigate the backlash against a state Supreme Court decision that found frozen embryos can be considered children under state law.

The state House bill, introduced by state Rep. Terri Collins, a Republican, would extend civil and criminal immunity to providers of IVF services, and would apply retroactively. The legislation passed by a vote of 94 to 6.

The state Senate bill, offered by GOP Sen. Tim Melson, affords clinics providing IVF treatments the same protections and received unanimous approval. Each of the bills now heads to the other chamber.

Read the source article at CBS News

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