Senators Carper and Coons Speak from the Floor of the U.S. Senate on the Importance of Protecting Access to IVF

Today, Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined seventeen of their Democratic colleagues on the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge passage of the Right to IVF Act, legislation that would protect access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in all 50 states. In light of recent attacks on access to reproductive health care, the Right to IVF Act would improve the affordability of IVF for millions of American families, while also expanding access to the procedure and other family-building services for veterans and active duty military families across the country. Senators Carper and Coons are co-sponsors of this legislation, which was originally introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

“Parenthood is a blessing and assisted reproductive technologies like IVF make parenthood possible for millions of American families. But today, access to IVF is at risk across our country,” said Senator Carper. “That’s why I’m glad to join my colleagues on the Senate floor to voice my support for the Right to IVF Act. As a 23-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, I know the importance of helping our servicemembers when they return home from deployments abroad. I’m proud that this legislation will help them start or build their families in the country they fought so hard to protect.”

“The vast majority of Americans support keeping IVF legal. People trying to start or grow their families using IVF shouldn’t have to live in fear that they or their doctors could face prison time because of conservatives’ efforts to limit fertility treatment,” said Senator Coons. “My Republican colleagues claim they want to preserve access to this widely popular fertility treatment, so now is the time for them to prove it by passing Senator Duckworth’s Right to IVF Act.”

A video of Senator Carper’s full floor remarks can be found here.

A video of Senator Coons’ full floor remarks can be found here.