Senate Republicans put a stop to Dems' 'trojan horse' bill

 March 1, 2024

Republican members of the U.S. Senate have just put a stop to a Democratic-backed piece of legislation that attempted to place the federal government in charge of all "assisted reproductive technology."

Breitbart News reports that it was actually a single Senate Republican - namely U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) - who put a stop to the bill, known as S. 3612 or the "

What would it do?

The bill states that its purpose is "to prohibit the limitation of access to assisted reproductive technology, and all medical care surrounding such technology."

Supporters claim that the specific purpose of the bill is to protect in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments nationwide, after the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision in which the state justices ruled that frozen embryos are to be treated, under the law, the same as children. This ruling has jeopardized IVF treatments in Alabama because it means that anyone who destroys a frozen embryo could be held liable under the state's Wrongful Death of a Minor Act.

The problem with S. 3612, however, is that it goes far beyond protecting IVF treatments.

"This bill is not just about a right to fertility treatment," pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America explains.

It adds, "It is a sweeping anything-goes bill that would even codify a right to human cloning and genetic engineering of human embryos. Moreover, it overrides the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so people could be forced to participate in destroying embryos."

Hyde-Smith says "no"

U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are leading the way on this bill. They were hoping to get unanimous consent for their bill so that it could be fast-tracked.

But, Hyde-Smith put a stop to that.

"The bill before us today is a vast overreach that is full of poison pills that go way too far--far beyond ensuring legal access to IVF. The act explicitly waives the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and would subject religious and pro-life organizations to crippling lawsuits," Hyde-Smith, in part, said.

Dems reveal their strategy

Now, the Democrats are trying to campaign off of Hyde-Smith's refusal to support the bill.

Breitbart reports, "Duckworth, who has had two children by IVF, forced the vote to effectively back Senate Republicans into a corner to see if they would support her bill, all while Democrats and President Joe Biden use the decision as part of their pro-abortion and reproductive health campaign."

Duckworth and other Democrats are already at, claiming, "After days of publicly claiming to support IVF in the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court ruling, Senate Republicans just blocked my legislation to protect access to IVF nationwide."

What else would you expect from the Democrats?

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