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March 27, 2024

Senator Tammy Duckworth Is Demanding Rights for Disabled People

by Adrienne Gaffney
Source: ELLE

ELLE - Senator Tammy Duckworth still hasn’t seen Barbie. Last summer, she made headlines when she told Politico that a broken elevator prevented her and other wheelchair users from accessing a movie theater, ruining a planned outing with her daughters. That kind of thing happens to her a lot. When she’s home in Chicago, the Democratic senator from Illinois feels like she can’t even ride the L train, because she doesn’t know whether the station she’s traveling to is up-to-date on posting its … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Why IVF looks different in the US than in the rest of the world

by Rachel M. Cohen
Source: Vox

Earlier this month the Atlantic ran an opinion piece describing the American fertility industry as “strangely undeveloped” from a regulatory perspective. The two authors — a conservative political analyst and an anti-abortion bioethicist — claimed the landscape for assisted reproductive technology has left “parents, children, clinics and practitioners” without basic protections and safety guardrails. Their ominous arguments are part of a much older debate over whether the US fertility … Continue Reading


March 20, 2024

Sen. Duckworth pushes for protection of IVF treatments

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-8th) is urging federal lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation to protect in-vitro fertilization treatment. "It comes about a month after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling briefly halted some procedures in the state.  "When Alabama defined a fertilized egg to be a person, and their code defines murder as intentionally causing the death of a person, the intentional disposal of an embryo, even a non-viable one that could cause a … Continue Reading


March 15, 2024

Boeing 737 Max engine issue will take up to a year to fix, company tells lawmakers

by Kris Van Cleave
Source: CBS News

Boeing told lawmakers its planned fix for an engine issue on all 737 Max jets will take up to a year, delaying certification of the 737 Max 7 and Max 10 airliners. In written responses to questions from Sen. Tammy Duckworth, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, obtained exclusively by CBS News, Boeing says it has assembled a team of technical experts to "quickly drive forward a safe and compliant solution" to an issue that could cause the 737 Max engine anti-ice system to … Continue Reading


March 14, 2024

Slain Palestinian American boy honored with Congressional resolution backed by Illinois members

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON — Twelve members of Congress from Illinois introduced a resolution to honor Wadee Al-Fayoume, the 6-year-old Palestinian American boy from Plainfield who law enforcement officials said was slain Oct. 14 in an anti-Muslim hate crime. The measure is backed by Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and House representatives Jonathan Jackson, Robin Kelly, Delia Ramirez, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Mike Quigley, Sean Casten, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Jan Schakowsky, Bill Foster and Lauren … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

2 Chicago doctors to be guests for State of the Union address

by Noel Brennan
Source: CBS News

CHICAGO (CBS) - On the exclusive guest list for Thursday night's State of the Union address were two Chicago doctors who do important work in their community. CBS 2 spoke to them before they took their seats to witness history. Their schedules in Chicago have been cleared, but the two Chicago doctors had a busy day in Washington, D.C. "On a typical Thursday, I'd probably be in some meetings and maybe looking at some new research," said Dr. Amanda Adeleye  Adeleye and Dr. Lisa Green will be … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Alabama's new law protecting IVF "does not go far enough"

by Janet Shamlian

Birmingham, Alabama — A champagne toast was held Thursday at Alabama Fertility in Birmingham, celebrating the return of in vitro fertilization procedures one day after the Alabama legislature passed legislation to protect IVF services. Nearly half the state's clinics had paused procedures after a controversial ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court last month determined that frozen embryos are considered children. Three embryo transfers were performed at Alabama Fertility on Thursday, just … Continue Reading


March 07, 2024

Democrats invite women affected by abortion and IVF rulings to Biden’s State of the Union

by Julie Tsirkin, Brennan Leach and Frank Thorp V
Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — Democrats are putting reproductive rights front and center at the State of the Union on Thursday night, inviting guests affected by the Supreme Court’s reversal of federal abortion protections and Alabama’s controversial court ruling on in vitro fertilization last month. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., will bring with him the nation’s first IVF baby, Elizabeth Carr, who was born in 1981. “I was aware of her story after the Alabama decision,” Kaine told NBC News on Wednesday. “I saw an … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Senate Republican blocks bill to protect IVF after Alabama ruling

by Kelsey Ables

A Republican senator has blocked legislation that would protect in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies in the wake of an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are children under state law. Prominent Republican officials and candidates have voiced support for IVF since the Alabama ruling, though Democrats have responded with skepticism, arguing that the GOP paved the way for the ruling with antiabortion policies. The effort by Sen. Tammy Duckworth … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

The Transportation Department proposes new rules for how airlines handle wheelchairs

by Joel Rose
Source: NPR

WASHINGTON — For people who use wheelchairs, air travel can be a nightmare. There are countless stories of wheelchairs damaged, delayed and even destroyed. Now the Biden administration is trying to change that by proposing new standards for how airlines must accommodate passengers with disabilities. "Transportation is still inaccessible for far too many people, and that's certainly true for aviation," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a call with reporters. "This is about … Continue Reading


February 29, 2024

Feds propose steep fines when airlines damage wheelchairs

by Gregory Wallace
Source: CNN

(CNN) — Airlines damaged or lost more than 11,000 passenger wheelchairs last year - and a new federal proposal seeks cut the inconvenience for wheelchair-reliant travelers with six-figure penalties against airlines. The Department of Transportation proposal, unveiled Thursday, would establish new airline passenger rights. Those include the right of immediate notification when a wheelchair is lost or damaged, the right to a loaner and the right to choose how the wheelchair is repaired. It … Continue Reading


February 28, 2024

US Senate Republicans Block Democrats' Bill Assuring Right to IVF

by Richard Cowan
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Democrats on Wednesday failed in an attempt to rush legislation through the U.S. Senate guaranteeing Americans' access to in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies, after an Alabama court designated frozen embryos as children. The state Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 16 that frozen embryos should be considered children prompted at least three Alabama providers to halt the IVF procedure that involves combining eggs and sperm in a laboratory dish … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

For Duckworth, the Alabama embryo court ruling is personal

by Erin Durkin and Savannah Behrmann

Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s journey to begin a family was not a smooth one. And without in-vitro fertilization, it would have been an improbable one. The Illinois Democrat told National Journal that she had put family plans on pause for her military career. “My unit that I had just left command of was notified that it was deploying to Iraq,” she said. “At which point, of course, I volunteered to go with them because I couldn’t see letting the unit that I commanded for three years go off to war … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Duckworth leads reproductive rights charge after Alabama IVF ruling

by Sylvia Perez

WASHINGTON - Democratic senators, led by Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, are pushing for the protection of reproductive rights in the aftermath of a recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling regarding in vitro fertilization (IVF). The ruling, which deemed frozen embryos created through IVF as children under state law, has sparked outcry among lawmakers advocating for reproductive freedoms. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined Senator Duckworth and fellow Democrats on Tuesday to unveil the … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Sen. Tammy Duckworth to bring up vote on bill to protect access to IVF nationwide

by Kaia Hubbard
Source: CBS News

Washington — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, said she plans to bring up a vote on legislation that would safeguard access to in vitro fertilization nationwide on Wednesday, as the issue has come into the political spotlight in recent weeks following a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that has led clinics in the state to halt the treatments. "They aren't just going to stop in Alabama. Mark my words, if we don't act now, it will only get worse," Duckworth said at a news … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Duckworth, trying to compel suddenly pro-IVF Republicans, pushes protections bill

by Mark Walsh

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she will bring her bill to protect a federal right of access to in vitro fertilization to the U.S. Senate floor on Feb. 28. In the wake of concerns raised by the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision last week declaring that embryos used in IVF were children, Duckworth said she hoped Republicans would not block a move to adopt the Access to Family Building Act by unanimous consent. “Let’s see tomorrow, when the rubber hits the road, whether they show up and show … Continue Reading


February 27, 2024

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth demands vote on federally protecting IVF treatments

by CBS Chicago Team

CHICAGO (CBS) -- U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) is demanding a vote Wednesday on a bill to protect in-vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments federally. "My girls are my everything. I likely would not have ever been able to have them had I not had access to basic reproductive rights that Americans, up until recently, had been depending on for decades," Duckworth said. Her renewed push for the bill comes after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos should be … Continue Reading


February 25, 2024

Duckworth: ‘It’s been crickets’ from GOP colleagues on bill to protect IVF

by Nick Robertson
Source: The Hill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) went after her GOP colleagues on Sunday, claiming their words defending in vitro fertilization (IVF) are empty after an Alabama Supreme Court ruling last week. The ruling handed down Monday classifies fertilized embryos as children, meaning failed IVF procedures could result in criminal charges for hospitals and doctors. Multiple major Alabama hospitals have stopped offering IVF because of the decision. Duckworth said no GOP colleagues have supported her bill … Continue Reading


February 25, 2024

Sen. Duckworth skeptical Republicans will back IVF bill after court rules embryos are people

by Noah Minnie
Source: ABC News

Reacting to a controversial new Alabama Supreme Court ruling that embryos should be considered people under the law, Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said on Sunday that she was "devastated" for how this could affect treatments like in vitro fertilization. She also called out conservatives whom she suggested were being disingenuous in distancing themselves from the case. "Let's make it clear: Republicans will say whatever they need to say to try to cover themselves on this, but they've been … Continue Reading


February 18, 2024

Sen. Tammy Duckworth visits Sweden to deliver message that NATO allies can continue to count on the U.S.

by Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is in Sweden, where she is meeting with Swedish defense and foreign affairs officials as the nation is poised to join NATO at a time when the GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, seeking another White House term, is encouraging Vladimir Putin to attack members of the alliance. Duckworth traveled to Sweden over the weekend — and will continue on to the Netherlands later this week — with two missions on the agenda. She is a member of the Armed … Continue Reading

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