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ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership Releases Part Two of States’ Abortion Laws: Potential Implications for Reproductive Medicine

Report focuses on current legal landscape in several states

ASRM released the following press release yesterday.

Today, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) Center for Policy and Leadership (CPL), released its second report in its series on states’ abortion laws and their potential impact on access to reproductive healthcare. The report, developed in partnership with the law firm of Hogan Lovells, LLP, provides background and limited analysis of several states’ current laws with a focus on the potential impact on reproductive medicine and assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures, including in vitro fertilization (IVF).

What’s in the report:

  • The legal landscape in several states, including: AZ, IN, KS, LA, MO, NC, NE, OH, PA, TX, SC, and VA, as of October 1, 2022;
  • What current state laws say, if anything, about reproductive medicine;
  • Key definitions (e.g., “embryo”, “unborn child”, and “fertilization”); and
  • Where you can find the provisions of law in state code.
Since publication of the initial report, the CPL has monitored a spate of abortion restriction bill introductions across the nation. To fully grasp the potential implications of these laws for the field of reproductive medicine and patients seeking care and treatment for diseases including infertility, it is important to understand the current legal landscape.

“As we have seen over the past several months, states’ abortion laws are rapidly evolving. As decisions are made, we continue to strive to ensure our members and their patients, the media, and policymakers have available up-to-date information. This report reflects the law as of October 1, 2022. The CPL continues to monitor and provide updates as it relates to abortion restriction bills across the nation and encourages readers to keep apprised of ongoing state-level activities,” says Becca O’Connor, ASRM, Director of the Center for Policy and Leadership.

To learn more about the CPL visit: ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership.

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