Johnson will not declare if the destruction of embryos during the IVF process constituted murder.

On Thursday, House Speaker Mike Johnson declined to declare if destroying unneeded embryos, which is part of the in vitro fertilisation procedure, was murder.  

"It's something we have to deal with," he said in an interview with CBS Mornings on Thursday.   

"This is a brave new world. IVF was invented in the early 1970s. We, of course, support the sanctity of life, as well as IVF and full access to it."

When pushed to clarify his ideas, he urged politicians to investigate the problem further to determine how to best treat unused embryos developed through IVF. 

Last month, Alabama's Supreme Court declared that frozen embryos were children, forcing fertility clinics in the state to halt IVF procedures and sparking a national outcry  

The state's governor signed legislation to preserve the surgery earlier this week.  

Johnson has previously stated that he supports IVF, but that Congress will not take up the matter.

"If you do believe that life begins at conception, it's a really important question to wrestle with," he went on to say.  

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