In 1992, the Senate banned fertility treatment for all female veterans, including those whose fertility was compromised by combat or another service-connected disability. The reason for this ban was due to many lawmakers’ beliefs that unused embryos would be tantamount to abortion and murder, regardless that at the time the paperwork female veterans signed required them to donate any unused embryos to other service-members.
Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) proposed a bill back in 2015 that would lift the 1992 ban and allow female veterans whose infertility was caused due to service, to be given the right to infertility treatments.
Murray stated, “The VA provides treatments for other injuries sustained in war — infertility treatments should be no different.” The bill passed by a vote of 23-7, which enabled Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2015 S 469 and H.R. 3365 to become law on March 20, 2017.
Those who were against the bill cited once again the moral quandary of unused embryos, and the cost of $20,000 per round of invitro fertilization. However, many lawmakers pointed out the artificial limbs which are replaced every few years costs roughly the same amount. Now, all female veterans who have a service-connected injury which can impede their infertility are qualified for fertility treatments free of cost.