CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- With the recent opinion by the Alabama Supreme Court, legislators and law professionals are studying how this could affect other states and what this decision means for the future of IVF. 

"The question is, will other states follow Alabama and how will this impact both in vitro fertilization and abortion," UVA Law Professor Naomi Cahn said. 

Cahn joined Sonia Suter from George Washington University to study the possible effects of the Supreme Court decision. She says this could trickle into other states.

"The fear is that if frozen embryos are considered to be children, that there might be efforts in other states to treat these frozen embryos as children," Cahn said. 

In short, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that if a couple utilizing IVF services lost frozen embryos in an accident, they could sue under the state's wrongful death of a minor law. 

This decision disrupted some families in the process. 

"Several fertility clinics in Alabama paused operation so there a lot of people who were mid-cycle," Cahn said. 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed new legislation into law Wednesday that aims to provide immunity to the providers and patients. 

But Cahn says damage was already done.

"Any pause in this means of creating families has drastic consequences," Cahn said.

At Thursday's State of The Union address, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was joined by Elizabeth Carr, the first American IVF success story. She was born in Norfolk. She says there is still work to be done. 

"You can't say you're for family building and IVF and then in the same breath kind of block access to those things," Carr said. 

Kaine said he was shaken by the decision and how it hits close to home. 

"I have co-sponsored a bill called the Access to Building Families Act that would protect patients to access in vitro fertilization, protect the right of a provider to provide those services, and protect the right of an insurer to ensure those procedures," Kaine said. 

The bill, first introduced back in January, is still in the early stages of being reviewed.