Catholic Bishops Oppose Federal Protection Of IVF, Call It ‘Threat To Vulnerable’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed opposition to federal protection of in vitro fertilization (IVF), calling it a “threat to the most vulnerable of human beings.”

In a letter sent to Republican senators shortly after the Alabama Supreme Court ruling on frozen embryos, the bishops argued against Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) Access to Family Building Act.

“Contrary to what some have claimed, a position that supports legal enshrinement of IVF, however well-intended, is neither pro-life nor pro-child,” the bishops wrote. They suggested exploring alternative approaches such as “investing in life affirming research on infertility, or strengthening support for couples who desire to adopt.”

The bishops acknowledged the “deep yearning and even suffering of families struggling with infertility” and their desire to “ameliorate that personal suffering.” However, they stated, “Yet we cannot condone a practice and an industry that is built on millions of children who are created to be destroyed or abandoned.”

The Catholic Church’s stance on IVF comes as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Katie Britt (R-AL) prepare to introduce legislation that would make IVF access a condition for states to receive federal Medicaid funding. The bill aims to ensure that IVF is “legally protected nationwide” in the wake of the controversial Alabama Supreme Court decision.