On the morning of Thursday, 16 May, friends, colleagues and patient advocates woke up early to attend Advocacy Day, a bipartisan event co-organized by Resolve: The National Infertility Association and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Each year, this year is meant to fight for the rights of those facing infertility, and for those who need support in building their families. At various events scheduled throughout the day, participants meet with their lawmakers on Capitol Hill and advocate for pro-family infertility legislation.
With 250 advocates from 35 states, representing over 4,000 people who wrote constituent letters meant it was the largest Advocacy Day to date. The 1 in 8 who suffer from the disease of infertility gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 15 – 16, 2019 and made their voices heard. We’re proud to say many from the CooperSurgical Fertility and Genomics team were in attendance.
The keynote speaker at this year’s opening meetings and breakfast was Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL). She kicked off the day speaking about the personal effects felt by those who are afflicted with infertility, and the main issues participants would be advocating for this year.
These include but are not limited to:
Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act: Provides access to vital fertility preservation services for those who are at risk of infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy and surgery.
Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act: Allows Veterans with a service-connected injury causing infertility to access IVF medical treatments, which the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently offering via a temporary appropriation.
Every Child Deserves a Family Act: Will increase the number of foster and adoptive homes by banning discrimination against foster and adoptive parents, families of origin, and foster youth based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and religion.
PCOS Awareness Month Resolution: Designates September as PCOS Awareness Month and recognizes the need for more education and research on PCOS.
Medical Research Funding: Support sustained support for the NIH, and specifically the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), where most research related to reproductive health and infertility is supported.
You can read more about these issues in depth and learn how you can help take action by going to Resolve’s site by clicking HERE.
There are many paths to parenthood. Every person’s journey, family history, medical background and story is different. It’s up to patients, their partners and their care teams to collaborate on what they feel is the best course of action to expand their family.
At CooperGenomics, we support helping patients get the access to that healthcare they need. We thank Resolve and ASRM for organizing this event, which provides us the opportunity each year to further our mission of furthering a world of healthy women, babies and families.