WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding in vitro fertilization (IVF) and S.3612:

“The media headlines and stories painting the picture that I object to IVF are blatantly misleading and some are boldfaced lies.  I have been clear about my strong support of IVF and its ability to help bring God’s beautiful creations into the world.  Senator Duckworth’s legislation was construed as ‘protecting IVF,’ when in reality, no states have banned or intend to ban IVF.  I objected to the unanimous consent request to pass S.3612 due to its broad, sweeping language that would have serious consequences in our goal to protect life and religious freedoms.  As Chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will always do everything in my power to protect the lives of mothers and children, and felt that this bill was too dangerously opaque to be allowed to bypass Senate procedure.” 

Read Hyde-Smith’s floor remarks regarding her objection to the unanimous consent request here.