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 As Congress Fails to Stop GOP Attacks on IVF and Reproductive Rights, Electing Democrats in State Legislatures Is the Only Way to Protect Reproductive Rights

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Republican opposition to protecting IVF in Congress proves once again that state legislatures are the best opportunity to protect reproductive freedoms, including access to IVF

WASHINGTON —  As Republicans in Congress last night swiftly blocked the assurance of a right to IVF, it highlighted how essential electing Democrats in state legislatures will be in 2024  to protect IVF and reproductive rights across the country. 

The actions of Senate Republicans prove one thing:

The best opportunity to protect reproductive rights, like access to IVF, lies solely in state legislatures. 

Democrats in statehouses are already answering the call to defend against attacks on reproductive care. Earlier this week, Alabama Democrats moved to protect IVF, and anticipating attacks from MAGA Republicans, Georgia Democrats have proactively introduced legislation that also protects IVF and contraception before the GOP can push the landscape of freedoms even further backward in their state. These latest actions build on every Democratic majority taking steps to protect or expand reproductive rights since the fall of Roe

Meanwhile, Republican extremism knows no bounds and MAGA state elected officials have been ramping up their attacks to destroy our fundamental freedoms. Electing Democrats to state legislatures across the country is once again the best way to truly defend abortion and reproductive rights. 

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Heather Williams issued the following statement:

“The devastating IVF ruling in Alabama has sent shockwaves throughout the nation – and unfortunately we know attacks on access to fertility services don’t end here. We’ve seen fetal personhood legislation crop up in battleground states from Arizona to Georgia to North Carolina. Republicans across the country have made crystal clear their mission to undermine the full spectrum of reproductive rights – from extreme abortion bans to restrictions on contraception and IVF services. The battle around fundamental freedoms continues to play out in the states – electing Democrats to state legislatures is the only path to stop the GOP’s crusade on essential health care.” 

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the official Democratic Party committee dedicated to winning America’s state legislatures and building state infrastructure. Over the last decade, we have fought cycle-over-cycle to gain a dozen new legislative chamber majorities and we are leading the effort to bring national attention and investment to our ballot level. State legislatures are the building blocks of our democracy and have the closest connections to Americans’ day-to-day lives. From protecting fundamental freedoms and voting rights to growing the middle class, the DLCC and state legislators are moving the Democratic agenda forward and shaping the future of this country.

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