Mar 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Larry Hogan doesn't commit to federal IVF protections

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks to guests at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting on November 18, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), running for Senate in the state, would not commit Thursday to voting for federal IVF protections.

Why it matters: Republicans have largely argued IVF protections must happen at the state level after the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that restricted access to fertility treatments.

What he's saying: Hogan dodged on whether he would vote to codify IVF protections.

  • Hogan told Axios' Sophia Cai on Thursday that the Alabama Supreme Court's decision was "outrageous" but wouldn't say how he would vote on a bill.
  • "I don't want to speculate on what the legislation might look like," Hogan said.
  • Hogan also maintained that he would not vote for a federal abortion ban.

Yes, but: Hogan also wouldn't commit to supporting legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, a move that is deeply unpopular among many Republican lawmakers.

  • "I think that we're going to have to take a look at that as we move forward," Hogan said.
  • But when pressed on if his answer was a yes or no, Hogan said: "That wasn't a yes or no."

The big picture: Abortion access is a top issue in the 2024 campaign, with Republicans still struggling to find a consistent message after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

  • Senate Republicans last month blocked a Democratic-led bill that would have codified IVF protections under federal law.
  • Democrats have argued that Senate Republican candidates would be a vote for a national abortion ban.

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