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U.S. Senators Katie Britt and Ted Cruz lead Senate Republicans in joint statement reaffirming support for continued nationwide IVF access

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Katie Britt (R-Alabama) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) led all Republican Senators in a joint statement supporting continued nationwide access to in vitro fertilization.

"Senate Democrats have embraced a Summer of Scare Tactics-a partisan campaign of false fearmongering intended to mislead and confuse the American people. In vitro fertilization is legal and available in every state across our nation. We strongly support continued nationwide access to IVF, which has allowed millions of aspiring parents to start and grow their families," the Senators said.

On June 12, Sen. Britt delivered a speech on the Senate floor and joined Sens. Cruz and Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) in moving for passage of S. 4368, the IVF Protection Act, which was blocked by Senate Democrats. Last month, Britt and Cruz introduced the IVF Protection Act and have continued to speak out about the importance of protecting nationwide access to in vitro fertilization.

"I was proud to join my colleague from Texas in introducing the IVF Protection Act," said Britt. "I'm grateful for his leadership on this important topic. As a mom, I know firsthand that there is no greater joy in this life than that of being a mother. IVF helps aspiring parents across our nation experience the miracle of life, and start and grow a family. That's why I strongly support continued nationwide IVF access."

"IVF access is fundamentally pro-family," Britt continued. "For the millions of Americans who face infertility every year, IVF provides the hope of a pathway to parenthood. We all have loved ones – whether they're family members or friends – who have become parents or grandparents through IVF. Across America, about 2% of babies born are born because of IVF. That's about 200 babies per day. So think about the magnitude of that number – and the faces, stories, and dreams it represents."

"In recent decades, millions of people have been born with the help of IVF," Britt added. "Along with my colleague, Senator Cruz, I was honored to lead Senate Republican colleagues in a joint statement emphasizing our shared support in continued nationwide access to IVF. IVF is legal and available in every single state across America. That includes my home state, where Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature acted quickly and overwhelmingly earlier this year to protect IVF access for our state's families."

"Today, the Senate has an opportunity to act quickly and overwhelmingly to protect IVF access for our nation's families," said Britt. "That's what the IVF Protection Act would do. It's straightforward, just as Senator Cruz has said. This bill would give aspiring parents nationwide the certainty and peace of mind that IVF will remain legal and available in every state. Now, I want to break this down as directly as possible. First, there is only one bill that would protect IVF access and not stray outside those parameters – that's our IVF Protection Act. There is only one bill that would protect IVF access while safeguarding religious liberties – that's our IVF Protection Act. And there is only one bill to protect IVF access that could get 60 votes in the Senate – and once again, that's our IVF Protection Act. However, that's not the bill that Democrats are going to be putting on the floor this week."

"Sadly, they aren't interested in a bill to actually protect IVF access and figuring out how we could get that to become law," Britt explained. "That wouldn't advance their true goal – which is about partisan electoral politics. If Democrats allowed the IVF Protection Act to pass today, they would lose a key scare tactic they believe helps them in November. And that, ultimately, is what this is all about. They're in Week Two of their Summer of Scare Tactics, and eventually, they'll transition into their Fall of Fearmongering. At the end of the day, the American people want secure borders, they want safe streets, they want stable prices, and they want strong families. My colleagues across the aisle know that they can't sell the Biden Administration's record on any of these topics. It's been failure after failure, yet again. So instead, they have to rely on distorting and misrepresenting Republicans' position on issues, including our support for IVF access. The bottom line is, the American people deserve better."

In addition to Senators Britt and Cruz, cosigners of the statement include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), John Boozman (R-Arka nsas), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Ted Budd (R-North Carolina), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tennessee), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Pete Ricketts (R-Nebraska), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.Dak.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Tommy Tuberville (R-Alabama), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Todd Young (R-Indiana).

Katie Britt was elected to the Senate in 2022.

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