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Speaker of the House promises legislation to reopen invitro fertilization clinics

On Friday, Alabama Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) announced that the Legislature will soon introduce legislation to continue to allow fertility clinics to operate in the state.

The decision was in response to an Alabama Supreme Court ruling on in vitro fertilization (IVF)in which the court found against a clinic and ruled that frozen embryos are people under Alabama law. Associate Justice Greg Cook (R) wrote the lone dissenting opinion in the 8 to 1 ruling.

At least three clinics have since announced that they will no longer be conducting the controversial treatments and have informed patients that their dream of motherhood isn't going to happen in the state of Alabama – leading to a response from the upset would be mothers and government leaders alike.

"Alabamians strongly believe in protecting the rights of the unborn, but the result of the State Supreme Court ruling denies many couples the opportunity to conceive, which is a direct contradiction" Speaker Ledbetter said in a statement. "The Legislature will soon consider a solution that preserves our Alabama values by empowering IVF clinics to continue assisting couples in bringing new life into the world."

Former President Donald J. Trump (R) weighed in on the side of preserving access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments on Friday.

"Under my leadership, the Republican Party will always support the creation of strong, thriving, healthy American families, President Trump wrote on Truth Social. "We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to have babies, not harder! That includes supporting the availability of fertility treatments like IVF in every State in America."

"Like the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Americans, including the VAST MAJORITY of Republicans, Conservatives, Christians, and Pro-Life Americans, I strongly support the availability of IVF for couples who are trying to have a precious baby," Trump continued.

President Trump has called on the Alabama Legislature to "act quickly to find an immediate solution to preserve the availability of IVF."

At this point there appears to be bipartisan support for legislative action to provide legal protection for in vitro fertilization in the state.

If the Legislature does not act then fertility specialists will likely be confronted with the decision to either leave the field or lease the state of Alabama. Couples attempting to produce a baby through IVF technology will likewise have to make the decision whether they should seek medical treatments out of state or give up on their efforts to conceive a child.

Ledbetter, the former Mayor of Rainsville, was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2014. In 2022 he was chosen to succeed former Rep, McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) as the Speaker of the House.

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