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Senate Republicans block bill to protect access to in vitro fertilization

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked consideration of a bill to protect access to in vitro fertilization, the latest Democratic effort to put the GOP on the defensive amid a broader election-year debate over reproductive health care.

Almost every Republican senator voted against moving forward with the Democratic-backed legislation. The measure needed 60 votes to advance and received 48.

The vote prompted a rebuke from President Biden, who noted that Senate Republicans last week also stood in the way of a proposal to guarantee access to contraception nationwide.


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