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Kentucky Protects Health Care Providers from Prosecution in IVF Services: What this Means for Infertility Patients and Legal Debates over Abortion

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Kentucky bill uses expansive language to safeguard doctors and health providers in IVF services

A new bill in Kentucky, House Bill 159, will protect doctors and other health care providers from criminal liability for any harm or damages that result from their provision of health services. This bill has been written broadly enough to apply to in vitro fertilization (IVF) services as well. Senator Whitney Westerfield, a Republican from Hopkinsville who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, confirmed that the bill’s definition of health care providers is inclusive enough to cover IVF services and ensure that providers can continue to offer these services without fear of prosecution.

Westerfield emphasized the importance of clarifying what services providers are allowed to offer without facing legal consequences. He believes that the bill will enable providers to carry on with their duties without the threat of being unduly prosecuted. The issue of IVF became prominent in politics after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling granted legal protections to embryos outside the uterus in wrongful death lawsuits, equating them to children. This ruling has sparked debate among anti-abortion advocates who seek to recognize embryos and fetuses as humans, potentially leading to a ban on abortion.

The Kentucky legislation has now been submitted to Governor Andy Beshear for approval. As a nonprofit news organization, WEKU relies on the support of monthly donors to continue providing public service and fact-based journalism. Those in the community who value WEKU’s work are encouraged to contribute

By Samantha Nguyen

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