Wait. Let me back up, because if you are not familiar with IVF, this may all be a little confusing. If you need it explained to you like a kindergartner, you're in luck because that's about my level of knowledge on the topic. While it's not an option I had to explore personally, I have crossed my fingers enough for every step of the process for enough friends going through it to have a basic understanding of the process. I'm also an expert level Googler.
So....During IVF, mature eggs are collected from the ovaries. This step is often referred to as the egg retrieval (clever!). These eggs are then fertilized by sperm, and eventually, the fertilized egg (hi embryo!) is implanted into the uterus in a step commonly referred to as a transfer.
As many couples know all too well, IVF does not always work. Eggs must be grown, eggs must be retrieved, fertilization has to occur, and embryos have to survive. Think of it like a funnel, each step widdling down the number of eggs or embryos. Of course even with a healthy embryo, IVF is not immune from some of the many things that can go wrong even after the embryo is implanted. It all makes for a a very consuming process - financially, physically, and emotionally.
Obviously, the greater the number of eggs you start with, the greater your chances of having a healthy enough embryo for transferring. Therefore, the process often (actually, hopefully) results in several healthy embryos. Many times, not all of these embryos are transferred. If that is the case, they can be frozen and saved for later use, donated, or discarded. And there, my friends, is the problem.
Mr. Harris no likey the discarding of viable embryos.
Now go back to that article and read the bolded lines.
The “Harris Embryo Amendment”, as RESOLVE is referring to it, would prohibit the use of federal funds for IVF treatments that are provided by or in a federal government facility if that IVF treatment results in the discarding or destroying of viable embryos.
Which, in case you haven't guessed it, is basically all federal government facilities that offers IVF. These are the facilities helping active duty service members. You know, just the people who are bravely protecting our country, NBD. In some cases, they may be facing fertility issues as a direct result of their service to our country.
Now go back to that article and (please) add your name.