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Infertility Advocacy Day
How many people do you know with infertility? Chances are, more than you think you do. One in six women and their partners has infertility — which is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term.
Infertility is a very personal and private struggle for most. There is what has been described as a “collective silence” when it comes to infertility.
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is trying to change that. On May 5, RESOLVE staff, volunteers and advocates will meet with their legislators in Washington, DC. The message they are bringing? Congress can make a difference by making fertility treatment more accessible and by strengthening the federal commitment to infertility research. In addition, RESOLVE supports a bill that would create a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs incurred for the medical treatment of infertility. The organization is working closely with legislators in both the House and Senate on draft bill language.
“I can go to Capital Hill any day of the week and meet with legislators," says Barbara Collura, Executive Director of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. "But the whole purpose of an advocacy day is real people with the disease of infertility show up.
“There is power in numbers," she continues. "We have a lot of new members of Congress — both in the House and the Senate. It’s a fantastic opportunity in a brand new session with many new legislators to come together and talk about infertility and show our strength."
Those who want to participate, but can’t make it to Washington have another option. “We’re hoping that many people who can’t come to DC will — in more numbers — in the month of May meet with their members of Congress in their home state,” Collura says. “And we’re going to do the same thing we do for Advocacy Day: provide training and materials and help facilitate making those appointments.”
Collura recognizes that speaking up and speaking out about infertility is not in everyone’s comfort zone. “People should take a pause and determine what they’re comfortable doing.
“If you’re ready to come out — great," she continues. "If not, RESOLVE’s got your back."