Although he was critical of the Alabama Supreme Court's recent decision to define frozen embryos as children under the state's wrongful death statute, Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl thanked the Alabama Legislature's passage of legislation to protect in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics.

Governor Kay Ivey signed the legislation into law on Wednesday.

After the State Supreme Court's ruling last month, Pearl's son, Steven, an assistant basketball coach at Auburn, made it known he and his wife were using IVF to have a child. The Pearl family was concerned as IVF procedures were temporarily paused at some clinics as a result of the ruling.

"Government is supposed to help us and our families, not prevent my son and his wife from having their first child or my grandchild," Bruce Pearl said in February.

On Thursday, the elder Pearl thanked Ivey and the Alabama Legislature "for promoting a culture of life by passing the pro family, pro child IVF legislation."

"This is a great example of our Gov't working for the people, to get it right!" he added.

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