GOP Senate hopefuls rush to embrace IVF following Alabama Supreme Court ruling

The leading Republican candidates for Senate are mounting a coordinated counteroffensive to Democratic claims that the party wants to limit access to in vitro fertilization.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, spurred by the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling that frozen embryos are human beings, released a memo on Friday urging that candidates “clearly and concisely reject efforts by the government to restrict IVF,” a method of last resort for couples struggling to get pregnant.

The ruling did not outlaw IVF, but Alabama fertility centers have begun to drop the treatment for fear of prosecution in the event an embryo is damaged in the fertilization process.

The decision presents a dilemma for Republicans caught between their support for “pro-life” policies and their party platform of nurturing the family unit. For Democrats, it is another wedge between Republicans
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