Florida Republican Byron Donalds Advocates for IVF to Build Stronger Families

Florida Republican Byron Donalds Advocates for IVF to Build Stronger Families

The Bible was used by the Alabama Supreme Court last week when it decided that frozen embryos had the same rights as biological children.

Since then, Republicans around the country have been rushing to elucidate their views on in vitro fertilization (IVF), a fertility procedure that increases a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant by allowing her to fertilize several eggs outside of her womb.

On Sunday, Florida Representative Byron Donalds appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” stating that he was in complete favor of in vitro fertilization (IVF) because it allows people to “create great families, which is what our country desperately needs.”

“The IVF procedure is very important to a lot of couples in our country,” Donalds stated. “It helps them breed great families. Our country needs that.”

125 of his fellow House Republicans co-sponsored a bill to establish that life begins at conception with no exceptions for the process, despite the support of IVF from conservative politicians like Donalds. Part of the costly and time-consuming process may involve throwing away some fertilized eggs.

According to MSNBC, Donalds is not one of the 125 House members who are supporting the plan because he wants to “see the devil in the details.”

The congressman’s remarks, which range from “adoption is an option” when discussing abortion to the motivation to “breed great families” through IVF, expose the broad reach of Republican reproductive beliefs.

“I believe, as President Trump has also said, we really want the Alabama legislature to make sure that that procedure is protected for families who do struggle with having children,” Donalds stated in the course of the interview.

On his Truth Social platform this week, former President Donald Trump discussed the necessity of making IVF available.

The former president added, “We want to make it easier for mothers and fathers to have babies, not harder!” “That includes supporting the availability of fertility treatments like IVF in every State in America.”

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade raised the stakes in abortion and family planning cases because states are now primarily responsible for enforcing reproductive rights.

Since the 2022 midterm elections, when Democrats outperformed expectations in what was predicted by some to be a GOP “red wave” election, Republicans have generally found it difficult to rebut Democratic messaging on abortion rights. The topic has also played a significant role in a number of races around the nation.

Even in a conservative state like Kentucky, moderate Democratic governor Andy Beshear successfully campaigned on the subject last year by criticizing his Republican opponent for having previously supported a strong ban on abortion that did not make an exemption for rape or incest cases.

In a state that Trump had won by 26 points in 2020, Beshear was reelected to a second term by 5 points.