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2 Things You Need To Know About the Alabama IVF Ruling

2 Things You Need To Know About the Alabama IVF Ruling

The Alabama in vitro fertilization (IVF) ruling did not happen in a vacuum; the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade set the foundation for attacks on all forms of reproductive care, including IVF.

On February 16, 2024, the Alabama state Supreme Court issued a first-of-its-kind decision that held that stored embryos are afforded the same legal protection as children. This case did not happen in a vacuum; it is one of many legal cases that highlight not just how far-reaching the consequences of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision are, but also how the politicization of the judiciary is affecting the politicization of medicine.

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