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Hickenlooper Backs Bill to Protect IVF From Republican Bans

Feb 28, 2024

Access to Family Building Act would protect reproductive help in post-Roe America

WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper cosponsored the Access to Family Building Act, legislation that would establish a statutory right to access in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technology (ART) services and ensure no hopeful parent or doctor is punished for trying to start or grow a family.

“Like so many others, my wife and I wouldn’t have our beautiful baby son without IVF,” said Hickenlooper. “Alabama’s extreme ruling is the next MAGA Republican attempt to roll back reproductive freedoms. Attacks like this will only become more frequent unless Congress passes new protections.”

The Access to Family Building Act would:

  • Establish a statutory right for an individual to access, without prohibition or unreasonable limitation or interference, assisted reproductive technology services, such as IVF, and for a health care provider to provide ART services;
  • Establish an individual’s statutory right regarding the use or disposition of their reproductive genetic materials, including gametes;
  • Allow the Department of Justice to pursue civil action against any state, government official, individual or entity that violates protections in the legislation; and
  • Create a private right of action for individuals and health care providers in states that have limited access to ART.

Hickenlooper is also an original cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would guarantee access to abortion nationwide. 


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