New Demand Justice TV Ad Warns of Threat Amy Coney Barrett Could Pose to IVF

10.23.20

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October 23, 2020

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NEW DEMAND JUSTICE TV AD WARNS OF THREAT AMY CONEY BARRETT COULD POSE TO IVF

Fertility Doctors Have Spoken Out Against Barrett Nomination

Barrett-Supported Group Has Called for Criminalizing Common Aspects of IVF Process

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, Demand Justice debuted a new TV ad featuring a testimonial from a Virginia woman who conceived her baby using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) saying she is “scared” by the possibility of Amy Coney Barrett being confirmed to the Supreme Court. The ad cites Barrett’s record of supporting a group that wants to criminalize common IVF practices, putting both doctors who perform IVF and women who rely on the procedure to start a family at risk.

Barrett’s extreme views on IVF have caused fertility doctors to speak out. In a rare statement in the journal “Fertility and Sterility,” leading fertility doctors cautioned that “seating Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court threatens those who seek to build a family through in-vitro fertilization.”

In the ad, Cassi from Richmond, Virginia, tells her story and explains why the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett scares her as a person who relied on IVF to start a family:

My husband and I started trying to have a baby right after our wedding. When we couldn’t get pregnant, we started IVF. Our story is special because it’s ours, but it isn’t unique. If Amy Coney Barrett is appointed, I am scared. She supported a group that wants to criminalize the way I got pregnant. Doctors who perform it could end up in jail, and families like mine might not exist.”

The ad will air as part of a previously announced multi-million dollar TV ad campaign opposing the confirmation of Trump’s pick before the election. It will run in Washington, DC, as well as Iowa, Arizona, North Carolina and Colorado, and on national cable.

The ad features news headlines declaring “Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination Could Threaten IVF.” The ad ends with the text, “Amy Coney Barrett is too extreme” as a narrator asks viewers to call their senators.

The ad can be found here with images below:

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