Ocasio-Cortez discusses family planning, possibly freezing her eggs
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far New Consensus co-founder discusses proposal for Biden to use Fed to sidestep Congress MORE (D-N.Y.) says she's thinking about starting a family and has considered freezing her eggs.

"I’m sitting here, I’m like, Do I freeze my eggs? Can I afford to do that?” the New York Democrat told Vanity Fair with a laugh in a cover story for the magazine's December issue, published Wednesday.

“My orthodontist was telling me about how she was doing IVF, and I’m, like, asking her what her experience is like," Ocasio-Cortez said.


The average cost of in vitro fertilization per cycle is between $12,000 and $17,000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Freezing eggs can typically cost between $15,000 and $20,000 per cycle, says digital database Fertility IQ.

The 31-year-old lawmaker — the youngest member of Congress — says it's "important" for conversations around family planning to be openly discussed "because women, we have to make these choices that men simply don’t have to make."

She pointed to the experience of Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthOvernight Defense: Trump orders troop drawdown in Afghanistan and Iraq | Key Republicans call Trump plan a 'mistake' Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Ill.), who in 2018 became the first senator to give birth while in office. Duckworth also made history again days later, when she brought her newborn daughter on the Senate floor to cast a vote.

It's not the first time Ocasio-Cortez — who is a dog mom to her French bulldog, Deco, with partner Riley Roberts — has opened up about seeing kids in her future and the struggles of balancing pregnancy and motherhood with the demands of Congress. “I don’t think too much about [the future]," Ocasio-Cortez told Vogue last year. "I’d probably say the most in the future I think about has to do with personal stuff, like how I would handle having children.”