Advocacy in Action: September 2023
Date: September 30, 2023
Welcome to ASRM’s Advocacy in Action, where we give an overview of what our Government Affairs team has been working on, summarize relevant federal and state legislation, and highlight the advocacy and outreach efforts of our members. We are so thankful for the advocacy of our members; please get in touch with the Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on ways to get involved.
- In California, the Assembly Appropriations chair made our IVF mandate, SB 729, into a two-year bill, meaning that we will have next session to pass this important legislation.
- In the District of Columbia, an ASRM-backed IVF mandate became law, giving coverage to DC residents as well as Hill staff.
- Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Representatives Rick Larsen (D-WA-02) and Sara Jacobs (D-CA-51) reintroduced the Veteran Families Health Services Act of 2023. This bill would provide comprehensive fertility treatments and family-building services for those covered under servicemembers’ and veterans’ health care. Dr. Michael Thomas, President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine said “After serving our country overseas or at home, our servicemembers and veterans deserve the very best care and attention when they’re ready to start or add to their families. Currently, too many reproductive care barriers exist, preventing servicemembers and veterans and their families from utilizing the services they need. The Veteran Families Health Service Act of 2023 will establish fertility preservation procedures, services, and care, including cryopreservation, fertility treatments and counseling for certain members and families in the Armed Forces. ASRM is proud to endorse this legislation, and we thank Senator Murray and Representative Rick Larsen for their leadership on this legislation.”
As the local and national landscape around access to and information around medicine is constantly changing, ASRM is still seeking your stories! We are so grateful to those who have already shared; we have heard feedback that when we share these personal stories and anecdotes on social media and with legislators, they have moved the needle far more than any other method of policy alone. With that in mind, please let us know how your lives and practices have been affected by the Dobbs decision and state abortion legislation and policies.