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GOP: IVF Embryos are Babies Now

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Lupe M. Rodríguez from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice explains what could happen now that Alabama’s highest court has decided frozen embryos are actually children.
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In an 8-1 decision, Alabama’s Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are “extrauterine children.” This ruling stems from three couples’ wrongful death lawsuits against an IVF clinic after a patient killed their stored embryos. While their...
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Hey sister, what do you have there?
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Oh, my frozen embryos.
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But according to Alabama,
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these are considered Children.
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Wait, what do you mean by Children?
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Yes, brother. There's a lot happening in Alabama and it's
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affecting in vitro fertilization.
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Lupe Rodriguez, the executive director of the National Latina Institute for
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Reproductive Justice is here to give us the full update.
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Hi, Lupe, welcome.
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Hi. Thank you for having me.
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Thank you so much for coming on.
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And so what is happening with IVF in Alabama?
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The Alabama Supreme Court ruled this week that frozen embryos are considered
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Children. Basically, it's criminal act to dispose of frozen embryos
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fertility clinics and places that provide in vitro fertilization are ceasing
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their operations for fear of being criminalized for doing the kind of
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or providing the kind of care that they do.
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And it's concerning for the rest of the country and access
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to reproductive health care.
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not just for Alabamians but but for folks all around the
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country and, and who will this impact the ruling directly impacts
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the hundreds of Alabamians who seek invert fertilization care every year.
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Really, you know,
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pushing that care out of reach for them.
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It's making it more expensive,
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of course, and it's making it harder for people who
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are trying to build their families to do so.
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And, and then currently families are concerned that they're unable to
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make decisions about their embryos.
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In our perspective, working with Latinos across the country,
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We know that Latinos are already disproportionately impacted by abortion
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bans by other kinds of restrictions on their reproductive health choices.
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And this ruling, you know,
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only increases the number of of barriers that already exist in
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front of them to be able to make reproductive health decisions for
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themselves and their families.
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And is this going to happen elsewhere?
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Like can this happen in other states?
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And I think, I think our concern is definitely that this
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is these kinds of laws that give personhood rights to
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embryos are a part of what many organizations like mine and
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other activists that have been fighting for reproductive justice have been fighting
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against for a long time.
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These kinds of,
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of laws are not new.
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There have been several states across the country in which
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anti abortion activists have tried to pass these kinds of laws.
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And so they signal you know,
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this signals a a win for these folks who,
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who have been trying to pass these laws across the country.
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So, yes,
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the expectation that we have is that this will this trend will
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continue and, and that it will be attempted in other parts
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of the country and other states as well.
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Really scary.,
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what can voters do if they don't want this to happen in
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their state? So we have an election this year,
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that has contests,
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at the local level,
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at the state level,
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at the federal level.
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I think it's super important that folks are activated and
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and, and go out to vote.
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because the decisions that we make in these elections have
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a direct impact on,
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on how how these laws can go into effect.
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I think it's also important for folks to talk about this
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right? Like,
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I think across the country,
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these kinds of laws or attempts at passing these kinds of
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laws have, have been happening and,
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you know, and in this case,
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you know, they're affecting specifically in vitro fertilization clinics because abortion
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is already illegal in the state of Alabama.
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But in places where abortion is not illegal at this
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point in time, in the country,
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this, this kind of law could make it illegal.
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And it really,
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you know, ties back into this,
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this ploy that we have seen for anti abortion activists to
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pass this kind of law to be able to criminalize abortion nationwide
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And that has been,
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you know, what they've wanted to do all along.
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And so, so we're really concerned about that.
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Well, thank you so much,
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Lupe. We really appreciate,
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you know, your you being on the show.
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And I also wanted to ask where can people find you?
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Oh, well, folks can find me personally at,
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at Lupe and Rodriguez on both Twitter and Instagram and they can
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find our organization Latina Institute at,
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at Latina Institute on Instagram and Twitter as well.
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Amazing. Thank you so much for your time.
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I appreciate it. Thank you and enjoy your Friday.
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Yes. Happy Friday.
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Happy Friday.