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U.S. Senator Katie Britt is introducing a bill to end a state’s Medicaid funding if it blocks IVF.

WASHINGTON — Two Republican U.S. senators have teamed up to block states from banning in vitro fertilization, months after the Alabama Supreme Court struck down access to the procedure by ruling that fertilized embryos were children under state law.

Sens. Katie Britt of Alabama and Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a three-page bill Monday that would cut off a state’s Medicaid funding if that state bans in vitro fertilization.

“As a mother, I know firsthand that there is no greater blessing than our children, and IVF helps families across our country experience the joyful wonder of life, grow and thrive,” Britt wrote in a statement. “This common-sense piece of legislation affirms both life and liberty – the family and liberty, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to sign it into law.”

Cruz wrote that “IVF has given miraculous hope to millions of Americans, and it has given families across the country the gift of children.”

The bill comes months after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that fertilized embryos that had been frozen or not implanted were children under an 1872 law.

State lawmakers approved it and Governor Kay Ivey then signed legislation to provide civil and criminal protections for the state’s IVF clinics so they could resume work. However, questions remain and at least one of the state’s IVF clinics has closed.

Democrats in Congress have introduced their own bills to provide nationwide protections for IVF, although two of those bills have been blocked by Republican lawmakers from moving quickly through the Senate.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi in late February prevented Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois from gaining unanimous consent to pass a bill that would have protected IVF nationwide.

That bill would have blocked restrictions on “assisted reproductive technology services” that are “more burdensome than restrictions or requirements imposed on medically similar procedures, do not significantly promote reproductive health or safety of such services, and restrict access to such unnecessarily restrict services.”

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma in March blocked Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state from quickly passing a bill that would have expanded access to in vitro fertilization for service members and veterans.