Infertility Advocacy Issues
At RESOLVE, we take access to care seriously. It’s not just a phrase or buzz words to us. It’s what guides our work each and every day. It’s a key strategic goal as set by our Board of Directors. It’s the lens under which we decide if RESOLVE is leading on an issue or not. And, it’s the most important thing our constituents have asked us to do.Access to care means that anyone struggling to build a family has access to all family building options and they have the right to a family.
Make #IVF4Vets a permanent program: Our advocates were successful in securing funding so that the Veterans Administration can offer IVF for wounded Vets in FY 2017 and FY 2018, but it did not lift the ban permanently. We will ask Congress to make #IVF4Vets permanent through passage of the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. On Advocacy Day, advocates will be asking their Senators to co-sponsor S 700 and their Representative to co-sponsor HR 1681.
Personhood: The fight against personhood bills is usually a fight we encounter in state legislatures, but with two Personhood bills in a new Congress, we need to be sure our lawmakers know how these impact those needing medical treatment to build their family. Personhood is declaring a fertilized egg a “person” with all the rights and responsibilities afforded a living human being. If enacted, a Personhood law would force changes in the practice of reproductive medicine and make practicing medicine to the standard of care needed very difficult. Doctors may be unable to freeze embryos, or test embryos before transferring them. We will ask Congress to oppose H.R. 586, H.R. 681, and S 231. Read RESOLVE’s Personhood Policy here.
Adoption Tax Credit: Since 1997 the Adoption Tax Credit has been an important policy allowing thousands of families to adopt a child or children. Congress has made tax reform a high priority and the Adoption Tax Credit is in jeopardy. Our voices and advocacy are critical as we need to educate our legislators on why keeping this credit is pro-family.