2012Statement attributable to Sean Tipton, Director of Public Affairs, American Society for Reproductive Medicine Washington, DC -
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release
“The physicians and other professionals who are dedicating their lives to taking care of Virginia's infertility patients applaud the decision by the Senate today to table HB1 and end its prospects of passage this year.
This so-called personhood bill would have endangered the ability of Virginians diagnosed with infertility to get the medical help they need to build their families. The burden of infertility is heavy enough without extremist groups trying to make it worse.
The voices of people concerned with reproductive health - from family building to contraception - were heard today. The Virginia Senate, like the voters in Mississippi and Colorado before them, refused to take an extreme stand that would endanger reproductive health.
We pledge to make every effort to defeat legislation anywhere that threatens patients' access to the treatments they need.”