The following are summaries of RESOLVE position statements on a number of issues important and relevant to the organization and our mission. For complete text, click on the headlines.
The disposition of embryos is on the mind of every infertility patient using ART. “RESOLVE supports a couple’s right to choose what to do with their remaining frozen embryos- keep them for a future attempt at conception, donate them to another infertile couple, donate them to research or destroy them.”
Funding Vital Research
RESOLVE endorses the highest possible allocation of federal dollars and strong, sustained resources for biomedical health research. RESOLVE calls on Congress to fully fund the budgets for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Improving the Adoption Process
RESOLVE works to increase benefits available to adoptive families and advocates for reforms in adoption laws that will allow for the creation of more families via adoption. We seek improvements in the institution of adoption, consumer protections for adoptive families and an easing of the financial barriers to adoption.
Insurance Coverage of Infertility Treatments
Public policymakers, employers and insurers have been slow to recognize infertility as a disease. The time to change this is now. RESOLVE endorses state and federal legislation that will require insurers to cover the costs of appropriate medical treatment. RESOLVE believes the option to pursue medical treatment for infertility must be available to all those who need treatment, not solely those with the resources to pay for the treatment out of pocket. Decisions made during infertility treatments must be strictly medical decisions, not financial ones removing the financial barriers to treatment will result in safer outcomes for women and their offspring.
An initiative to amend the Colorado Constitution will appear on the ballot in November, 2008 (the “Personhood Amendment”). Voters will vote for or against amending the state Constitution’s definition of human life so that the fertilization of a human egg would be defined as the beginning of life and, legally, as the point at which constitutional rights apply. It would give “any human being from the moment of fertilization” inalienable rights, equality of justice, and due process of law protection under the Colorado Constitution.
RESOLVE has reviewed this proposed amendment and believes it may seriously impair the ability of Colorado citizens with infertility to obtain needed medical treatment. For that reason, RESOLVE opposes the Colorado Personhood Amendment and urges Colorado voters to vote “no” on Amendment No. 48.
Regulation of ART
The President’s Council on Bioethics was created in 2001 to advise the President on bioethical issues that may emerge due to advances in biomedical science and technology. The Council is chaired by Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. Members of the Council include scientists, doctors, ethicists, social scientists, lawyers, and theologians, all known social conservatives. The Council is examining the human and moral significance of developments in biomedical and behavioral science and technology and exploring ethical and policy questions related to these developments.
Stem Cell and Cloning
Embryonic stem cells hold tremendous promise and could provide the missing link needed to cure some of the world’s most deadly diseases. RESOLVE supports a prohibition on cloning that is limited to reproductive uses and contains a sunset provision so that the issue can be fully examined as advances in technology warrant. RESOLVE believes a limitation on cloning should not limit research into other uses of nuclear transfer technology. RESOLVE supports research into the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) for therapeutic cloning purposes.