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Fertility treatment for veterans championed by Sen. Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray in the KUOW offices, Jan. 2016.
Senator Patty Murray in the KUOW offices, Jan. 2016.

The U.S. Senate passed a bill which included a provision to help injured veterans conceive children. It would cover the cost of fertility treatment under their VA benefits.    

US. Senator Patty Murray’s amendment would allow veterans with service-connected injuries that prevent them from conceiving naturally to pursue procedures like in vitro fertilization. The procedure combines harvested eggs and sperm outside the body.

The costs can top $12,000 for each IVF attempt. Couples who try to conceive through IVF often have to make several attempts. 

In a floor speech, Murray talked about the financial struggle of veterans who’ve paid out of pocket to have a family. “We’re talking about a man who sacrificed his body for our country. I believe this is wrong,” she said.

Murray has been fighting for this amendment since 2012. The provision was included in a larger spending bill and now moves on to the House.

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