Roe Overturned Infographics
What You Need To Know Now
- IVF remains legal in the U.S. and the overturning of Roe alone does not change that
- Now that Roe has been overturned, states may enact laws that ban, restrict, or in some cases protect medical procedures. These proposals may, intentionally or not, impact other medical treatments, including contraception and fertility care
- ASRM staff is closely monitoring and responding to state policy proposals, will keep members informed of developments, and will flag opportunities for members to engage and exercise their rights as constituents
- ASRM's Center for Policy and Leadership is developing resources and programming to prepare our members for a post- Roe world.
- While there's a lot we still don't know, you're not powerless. Now is a great time to raise your voice
What ASRM Is Doing Now
- Communicating with state legislators opposing restrictions on reproductive health and "personhood" bills that would endanger the ability to provide IVF and cryopreserve embryos
- Hosting a town hall with our leadership to offer guidance and support in these challenging times
- Working in and leading federal and state coalitions to expand access to reproductive care
- Joining amicus briefs with nationwide groups opposing abortion bans
- Please visit the link in bio for help engaging with your elected officials as well as asrm's advocacy toolkit
How To Support Your Patients
What to Tell Them
- IVF and fertility treatment remains legal in the United States
- I understand this time is scary and confusing and I wish I had all the answers, but I unfortunately do not.
- What I can tell you is this: The overturn of Roe does not itself, make IVF or other forms of fertility care illegal. Decisions to ban access will rest in the hands of state lawmakers.
- If you are concerned and wish to raise these concerns to your state lawmakers, you can visit ASRM's social pages for specific links to learn about proposals in your state and opportunities to engage and amplify those concerns.
- Get involved with RESOLVE and other patient advocacy groups.
The ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership is Analyzing Trigger Laws* The ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership is working with our lawyers on a fuller analysis of the so-called trigger laws. While you will need to consider working with an attorney in your state, our preliminary research leads us to believe no change in ART practices is necessary at this time.
What You Can Do Right Now
- Talk to your colleagues - all medical professionals need to understand how fundamental your work is and educating and supporting one another in this challenging time is imperative
- Communicate to your federal, state, and local officials via direct meetings, letters, emails, or phone calls
- Build relationships with all your elected officials- for example, consider inviting them to visit your clinic and learn about your work
- Talk to your neighbors and family about how these bans will impact your patients. Even talk to your grumpy uncle
- Stay engaged with ASRM's advocacy activities such as calls to action, podcasts, webinars, and other educational offerings. Visit the link in bio
- Not sure what to say? Start with this: "Health care decisions, particularly on reproductive matters, need to be the purview of patients and their physicians, not politicians. I oppose any policy that takes away any person's right to access to all forms of reproductive care." Be sure to tag your representatives!
- Retweet colleagues using their voice and platform for advocacy
- Write letters to the editor and op-eds . Use the suggestion above
- Tag ASRM(@Reprodmed) in your posts and use hashtags, e.g., #ASRM and #reproductivemedicine so we can amplify your voices on our pages
- Build relationships with local reporters - change starts in your community