June 2, 2021

Illinois Passes Bill Requiring Insurance Companies to Cover IVF for LGBT and Single People

On May 27, Illinois legislators passed HB 3709, which redefines infertility in a way that requires insurance companies to cover in vitro fertilization (IVF) costs for single people and those who identify as LGBT.

The state insurance code currently defines infertility as "the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected sexual intercourse or the inability to sustain a successful pregnancy." If signed into law by Gov. Pritzker, the code would force insurance companies to treat LGBT couples and single people as "infertile."

The new definition of infertility describes it as “a person’s inability to reproduce either as a single individual or with a partner without medical intervention,” or “otherwise based on a physician’s opinion.”

IVF creates excess human embryos which are often either destroyed or frozen indefinitely. Just as humans conceived naturally should not be discarded or destroyed by abortion, these human beings do not deserve the treatment they often receive from fertility clinics. Human beings are not products to be bought and sold, with or without insurance coverage. The law should not treat them as such.

The House voted 68-43 in favor of HB 3709, and the Senate voted 49-6.

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