Alabama lawmakers act to protect state IVF clinics following court ruling (UPI)

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    Alabama lawmakers act to protect state IVF clinics following court ruling – By Mike Heuer (UPI) / Feb 24, 2024

    Feb. 24 (UPI) — Alabama lawmakers are seeking to preserve in vitro fertilization clinics and reverse the definition of frozen fertilized embryos as children after the state’s highest court ruled they qualify as such under state law.

    The moves are coming after lawmakers on both sides of aisle raised alarms in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling last week in which a 7-2 majority said that frozen fertilized embryos qualify as children under state law.

    The court ruled the state’s Wrongful Death of a Minor Act protects all unborn children regardless of their location, prompting at least three local providers to stop IVF procedures.

    Alabama House Bill 225, introduced Thursday, would exclude an embryo located outside of a “biological uterus” from the state’s definition of an unborn child or a human being. If approved, the bill would take immediate effect upon signing.

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