The country is carefully watching every change President Trump鈥檚 administration is making, from his first executive order that directly pertains to women鈥檚 rights to the new anti-abortion bill which will have serious consequences for low-income women. Now, we also have our eyes on a new bill, H.R. 586, which could eventually result in a ban on in vitro fertilization in the US. *Gulp*

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H.R. 586, or the Sanctity of Human Life Act, AKA the Personhood Bill, introduced by Georgia鈥檚 Republican Rep. Jody Hice, would define that human life 鈥渂egins with fertilization鈥 and that a 鈥渙ne-celled embryo鈥 is 鈥渁 new unique human being.鈥

Though the bill鈥檚 intent focuses on an anti-abortion aim, it could directly affect IVF treatments as well. That鈥檚 because, as RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association informs us, 鈥淚f microscopic fertilized eggs/embryos are deemed as human life, anything that puts an embryo at risk could be a violation of law, even if its goal is the undeniable social good of helping someone have a baby鈥 (i.e. in vitro fertilization).

In vitro fertilisation (IVF)

Here鈥檚 the sitch: While performing IVF, a woman鈥檚 egg is retrieved from her body, fertilized, then put back in her uterus. However, not all embryos end up being suitable and some remain unused. Those embryos are usually discarded鈥 which is where the problem in this bill lies. If those fertilized eggs are now deemed human beings, then they cannot legally be discarded 鈥 but they also can鈥檛 be safely used.

With the Personhood Bill not making it clear (as of yet) what legalities could crop up for IVF, RESOLVE is urging folks to contact their representative to ask them to vote against H.R. 586.

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(h/t Romper; photos via Kei Uesugi + SEBASTIAN KAULITZKI/Getty)