Rep. Marc Molinaro becomes first Republican to back bill protecting IVF

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Rep. Marc Molinaro announced Wednesday that he was cosponsoring a measure protecting entree to in vitro fertilization (IVF), becoming nan first Republican to do so.

Molinaro, a susceptible Republican seeking re-election, said in a statement that he is "a genitor who has individual acquisition pinch IVF" and expressed support for "all women and families who take IVF to bring life successful to nan world."

"Protecting it is conscionable commonsense," he added.

The bill, called nan Access to Family Building Act, is sponsored by Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa. It was introduced successful nan House successful January, earlier nan Alabama Supreme Court's arguable February determination which ruled that fertilized embryos are group and threw nan legality of IVF successful nan authorities into question.

The measure would "prohibit nan limitation of entree to assisted reproductive technology, and each aesculapian attraction surrounding specified technology."

Another Republican, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, had antecedently been reported to person supported nan bill, but said that she was "added to nan measure without confirmation" and that location "are amendments that would request to return place" for her to support it.

Also successful January, Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., introduced a akin solution successful nan precocious enclosure utilizing unanimous consent, meaning that immoderate 1 personnel could extremity it from passing. The measure was blocked by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who called it "a immense overreach that is afloat of poison pills."

Molinaro has antecedently spoken retired against Republican efforts connected reproductive rights, opposing a connection successful an appropriations measure that would person constricted entree to nan abortion pill mifepristone.

Molinaro faces a reliable re-election title this autumn successful his upstate New York district, which backed President Joe Biden successful 2020 nether its existent legislature lines. He first won predetermination to his existent spot successful 2022 by a separator of less than 5,000 votes.

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