November 21, 2016
Find the election results confusing? Wondering what the Trump administration and the 115th Congress mean for reproductive medicine? We do, too. We can be sure of one thing though, there will be plenty of new players in the policy game. At both the federal and state levels, there will be new elected officials and staff who need your input when developing policies of importance to your professional life.
November 16, 2016
Yesterday, in McQueen v. Gadberry, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court that, for the purposes of Missouri’s dissolution of marriage statutes, frozen embryos are not children, but marital property of a special character (the Court’s italics), deserving of special respect.
November 15, 2016
Washington, DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is proud to announce that RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association will be awarding ASRM its Barbara Eck Founders Award for the Society’s Access to Care initiative. ASRM’s President, Richard J. Paulson, MD will accept the award at RESOLVE’s Night of Hope Gala on November 15, 2016, at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. As the organization that supports and provides a voice for people diagnosed with infertility, RESOLVE established the Hope Awards to recognize professionals, companies, volunteers, and the media who truly impact those struggling to build a family.
September 28, 2016
Both the House and Senate have now finally passed, and sent to President Obama for his expected signature, HR 5325, a bill which funds the government for the start of Fiscal Year 2017. The bill contains two provisions of particular importance to ASRM members.
June 24, 2016
In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).
June 23, 2016
At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans. HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.
May 24, 2016
Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.
May 19, 2016
Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass HR 2577, an appropriations measure funding Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The bill was combined with a measure to also fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included a provision giving the Department of VA the funds to begin providing IVF services to wounded veterans in need of assisted reproduction.
April 20, 2016
Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Owen Davis for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community. This year, RESOLVE hopes to bring more than 200 advocates from all over the country to speak with Members of Congress about infertility issues.
April 14, 2016
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who need infertility treatment due to injuries incurred in their service to our country. Active duty service members injured in this manner have access to IVF care, whereas a longstanding ban on IVF coverage at the VA prevents access for similarly wounded veterans.