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[News] Alabama Supreme Court’s “extrauterine children” decision alarms oncologists and fertility experts

March, 03, 2024 | Select Oncology Journal Articles

Alabama lawmakers worked into the evening on March 5, 2024 to pass legislation that would protect in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) clinics from civil and criminal liability after a nationwide backlash against the state Supreme Court’s controversial Feb 29, 2024 ruling that frozen fertilised eggs are “extrauterine children”. Committees in both legislative chambers passed identical versions of the proposed law as a stop-gap measure to prevent wholesale closures of the state’s fertility clinics. If the bill survives votes in the full house and senate, Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign it into law.

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