Duckworth to demand vote on IVF bill

Some Republicans indicated they might be more open to it this time around. “I didn’t think it was needed until now. But we may need to take a look,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday night, adding: “I would have several fewer grandkids if we didn’t have IVF.”

Other Republicans insisted no action is needed. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said the problem would be “taken care of in Alabama” — referencing state lawmakers’ scramble to undo or mitigate the decision’s impact and restore IVF access to Alabamaians. He added that he was “not at all” worried about other states following suit despite GOP officials in several states expressing a desire to explore their own restrictions.

In a floor speech Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer argued that Republicans laid the groundwork for the Alabama ruling by working to overturn Roe v. Wade and will suffer electorally as a result.

“Republicans own what happened in Alabama,” he said. “And Republicans will learn when it comes to attacks on their personal freedom, the American people do not easily forget.”

He didn’t, however, say whether he plans to hold a vote on IVF, and his office did not respond to questions.