February 21, 2023

Sen. Duckworth Introduces Bill Creating Right to Assisted Reproductive Technology

US legislators have introduced a bill that would create a right to assisted reproductive technology (ART) including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogacy.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), and Rep Susan Wild (D-PA) introduced the Right to Build Families Act of 2022 in December. It is on the docket for consideration this year.

“Right now, we’re seeing within the anti-choice community a plot to push for new, more radical policies like the so-called 'personhood bills' that would go even further toward controlling [people’s] bodies,” Duckworth told Parents. These efforts could effectively ban fertility treatments like IVF that many Americans need to start or grow their families.”

Children created during IVF and surrogacy are treated as commodities to be bought and sold. Excess embryos conceived for IVF are often frozen indefinitely or destroyed. Legislation creating a right to ART would enable even more abuse and death than already exists in the industry.