Advocacy in Action: June 2023
Date: July 08, 2023
Welcome to ASRM’s Advocacy in Action section, where we give an overview of what our Government Affairs team has been working on from our DC office, 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 email@example.com for more information on ways to get involved.
- In June, Dr. Paula Amato, Dr. Ginny Ryan, and Dr. Albert Hsu represented ASRM at the AMA House of Delegates, successfully advocating against resolutions on fertility fraud, restrictions on sperm donation and personhood, and for expanded access to fertility care information.
- In California, our IVF mandate had a hearing in the Senate Health Committee. This success involved the testimony of ASRM member Dr. Ruben Alvero and hundreds of letters sent to Committee members.
- We are thrilled that the governors of Kentucky and Texas signed fertility preservation bills into law, providing fertility preservation coverage in those two states.
- Dr. Paula Amato and Dr. Christopher Herndon joined us for our first Policy Briefing to discuss their efforts in state advocacy.
- Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Ben Cardin, and Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick and Mark DeSaulnier reintroduced the Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Act (H.R.4363/S.2213) in June. This bill aims to provide a lifeline to survivors and their families by addressing the entire survivorship continuum of care for cancer, including fertility preservation. ASRM supports this bill.
- In May, ASRM endorsed the Protecting Service Members and Military Families’ Access to Health Care Act (S.1610). Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin introduced legislation which would codify the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) February 16, 2023, policy to ensure servicemembers and their families can access non-covered reproductive healthcare, including abortion services, regardless of the state in which they are stationed.
ASRM is still seeking your stories! We are so grateful to those that have already shared. We have heard feedback that when we share these personal stories and anecdotes on social media and with legislators, they move the needle far more than any other method of policy alone. So with that in mind, please let us know how your lives and practices have been affected by the Dobbs decision and state abortion legislation. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share.
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