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New Kentucky Bill Protects Healthcare Providers from Criminal Liability for IVF Services

BySamantha Jones

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

The Kentucky legislature has recently passed House Bill 159, which aims to protect doctors and other healthcare providers from criminal liability for any harm or damages that arise from their provision of health services. This bill is broad enough to include 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 healthcare providers is comprehensive 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 has become a contentious one 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 to ensure the sustainability of the organization.

By Samantha Jones

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