Senate Republicans Spark Outrage Over Blocking Latest Bill

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( – The Senate GOP has blocked legislation that would make access to fertility treatments, including in vitro fertilization a right for women. On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forced a vote on the measure in an attempt to show the contrast between the two sides when it comes to reproductive healthcare. 

Military veteran and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., who had previously used fertility treatment to become a mother, was a big supporter of the Right to IVF Act which would expand access to these treatments through insurance. It would also make it accessible to veterans and military members. 

In her comments, she argued that these are important solutions that are helpful to Americans who are looking to grow their families. Despite these comments, almost all Republicans voted against the measure. In order to pass the measure would need to meet the 60-vote threshold meaning that some Republican support is needed. 

Despite this Republican senators pushed forward an alternative legislation that would just discourage individual states from putting forward a ban on these treatments. This alternative bill was blocked on Wednesday by the Democrats. 

The two sides did not attempt to find a middle ground with these measures. Schumer on the other hand is looking to ensure that the Democrats are going to maintain their Senate majority while there are hopes that they will be able to hold the White House for another term. He is also looking to show that the Republicans are moving against any federal legislation that would help guarantee that women have access to reproductive healthcare. 

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