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Senate Republicans Block IVF Rights Bill: What Happens Next?

Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that aimed to guarantee women nationwide access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed for a vote on the Right to IVF Act, led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday, highlighting the ongoing political battle over reproductive care.

The proposed bill sought to expand IVF access through insurance and provide support for military members and veterans. Despite support from all Democrats and two Republicans, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance. Republicans offered an alternative bill to prevent states from banning IVF, which Democrats blocked.

Sen. Duckworth, who used IVF to have her two children, expressed frustration with the vote, saying, “As a mom who struggled with infertility, all I can say to my Republican colleagues is, ‘How dare you.’” Schumer vowed to keep pushing for reproductive care legislation, stating that Republicans are avoiding their record on the issue.