Politics Fertility at risk: What ACB confirmation means to reproductive rights
Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court hearings lacked the drama that Brett Kavanaugh's proceedings had. Here's why.
Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court confirmation hearings lacked the drama of Brett Kavanaugh's proceedings. Here's why.Democrats warned of the precedent set if Republicans rushed through a nominee in the middle of a pandemic and presidential election, arguing no nominee should be considered until after voters cast ballots. They rattled off threats to slow the process, teasing a host of tools that could bog down the hearings, with some lawmakers even publicly suggesting launching impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
While it was no surprise, the Senate judiciary committee advanced Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to a full Senate vote. Among the biggest concerns if she is to be confirmed and seated to the Supreme Court is the impact it would have on reproductive rights.
Barrett is a known conservative who signed, and more recently, refused to answer whether was correctly decided during the Senate confirmation hearings. Contraception coverage through the Affordable Care Act is also at risk with the upcoming Supreme Court case, .
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Shortly after President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court's vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Democrats vowed to do everything they could to prevent her confirmation. Their fear is that Republicans will shift the court’s ideological center of gravity rightward for a generation or more if they successfully replace Ginsburg, who was one of the court’s leading liberal justices, with Barrett, a conservative jurist who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Earlier this month, Fertility and Sterility, the flagship journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, published an editorial "," warning that the seating of Barrett on the Supreme Court could also based on her stance that life begins at the moment of fertilization.
The social media response to her nomination and pending confirmation has been strong. Many are sharing on Twitter theirstories to highlight the families they would not have if not for IVF.
This is no surprise asof reproductive-age women. More than have been born through IVF since its inception in 1978. And approximately born in the U.S. each year are conceived using IVF.
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In addition to those actively struggling with infertility, IVF is critical for theto focus on educational or career demands.
IVF also opens doors for family building forwho preserve fertility by freezing eggs or sperm prior to receiving life-saving, but gonadotoxic treatments. As of August 2020, 19 states have passed -13 include mandates for IVF coverage and 10 include fertility preservation coverage for iatrogenic infertility caused by medical treatment.
IVF is also critical to a family building for LGBTQ couples as it facilitates the use of donor eggs/sperm or gestational carriers. According to the LGBTQ Family Building Survey conducted by the, nearly half of LGBTQ people ages 18-35 are actively planning to grow their families with many considering biological pathways to parenthood that would include IVF.
Senate committee OKs Amy Coney Barrett. Here's what happens next in her Supreme Court confirmation
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. Here's what happens next.The Senate Judiciary Committee's 12 Republican members approved her nomination in a 12-0 vote, setting up a final vote Monday before the full Senate.
As a clinical psychologist working with transgender adolescents and young adults, I routinely provide fertility counseling. This includes a discussion of options for fertility preservation, as part of my standard practice when working with youth who are seeking.
While biological parenthood is certainly not something all, or even most, transgender AYA desire, having biological children is something that a sizable minority wants. For instance,ages 14-17 surveyed expressed interest in having biological children in the future.
To be sure, biological parenthood is just one pathway to parenting and some may argue that adoption is an equally viable option for those who want to be parents. But reproductive justice means that each person gets to choose for themselves whether and how to be become a parent.
Not everyone's pathway to parenthood is linear. Restricting IVF as a family-building option is another step toward limiting our reproductive rights.
Diane Chen, Ph.D., is a pediatric psychologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics, at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and a Public Voices fellow through The OpEd Project. Follow her on Twitter @DrDianeChen.
Fact check: There is no Sen. Rob Donaldson, so posts of his speech about Barrett are fake .
A post on new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett originated as a hypothetical. It took off, with many people assuming it was from a real senator.Several Facebook posts shared in the wake of those hearings include a long comment appearing to be a transcript of a speech made by a Sen. Rob Donaldson before the committee.