Gillibrand pushes for federal law to protect IVF treatments in wake of Alabama court ruling on embryos

The national push to protect in vitro fertilization (IVF) across America continued in Manhattan on Sunday.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York’s junior senator, called for passage of the Access to Family Building Act to protect IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that further endangers access to reproductive care in America.

IVF is typically used by couples trying to conceive who may be suffering from infertility issues. 

During IVF treatments, additional embryos which are not used can be kept frozen by a fertility clinic for later usage if a couple chooses to conceive once more; this would spare mothers from having to undergo additional hormonal treatments and surgeries, according to Johns Hopkins University