RESOLVE works with advocacy volunteers and other organizations to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In 2017, RESOLVE will be tracking bills that impact the infertility community, whether they are pro-family or anti-family bills. Find out what is happening in your state. If you know of a bill in your state but it is not listed below, please contact RESOLVE at info@resolve.org.

Arkansas

Resolution Number: SJR 9

Resolution Name: “An application to Congress to call a Convention for proposing an amendment under the United State Constitution, Article V, for the purpose of proposing an amendment providing that every human being from the moment of conception is a person and entitled to the right to life.” Updated: April 5, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This Senate Joint Resolution is so-called “personhood” legislation that “every human being from the moment of conception is a person and entitled to the right to life.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution.
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution passed in Committee on 3/22/17 and was sent to the Senate, where it passed the full Senate on 3/30/17.  It was sent to the Governor for signature. To amend the U.S. Constitution, a constitutional convention must be called by two-thirds of the State legislatures so this resolution will have no impact and does not change any laws or practices in Arkansas.
  • Link to ResolutionSJR 9;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation and Letter of Opposition.

Bill Number: HB 2075

Bill Name: To Prohibit Commercial Surrogacy Arrangements And the Enforcement of Surrogacy Arrangements Updated: April 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill will prohibit compensated surrogacy arrangements in the state.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Read the first time, rules suspended, read the second time and referred to the House Judiciary Committee on 03/06/2017. The bill will have a hearing on March 28. This bill has died in Committee.
  • Link to BillHB 2075;
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in stopping this anti-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

California

Bill Number: AB 1396

Bill Name: Surrogacy Added: March 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: Clarifies donor law, including egg donors, and venue/jurisdiction in CA, which is important when people leave CA and other states’ courts try to impose their law related to ART/donors/surrogacy.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to Committee on Judiciary on 3/14/17.
  • Link to BillAB 1396;
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Bill Number: AB 569

Bill Name: the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act Updated: October 11, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  It would protect workers from firing or any other punishment for their reproductive health choices.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed in the Senate on 9/12/17 and in the Assembly on 9/14/17. It now heads to the Governor for signing.
  • Link to BillAB 569;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support
  • Action Needed: If you’re on Twitter, join the Twitter day of action on 9/21 to urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 569. Use the hashtag #AB569.

Bill Number: SB 172

Bill Name: Health care coverage: fertility preservation Updated: June 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill impacts heath care plans issued on or before January 1, 2018 that covers hospital, medical, surgical, and other iatrogenic expenses for diagnoses with medical interventions that could or does lead to iatrogenic infertility. It requires those plans to also cover resulting infertility treatment. However, this will not impact specialized health care service plans or a specialized health insurance policies.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SB. 172 was introduced on January 23rd, 2017. This legislation is being sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D). On February 2nd, 2017 it was referred to the Committee on Health. It was released from Committee with the author’s amendments and re-referred to Committee on Health on March 7th, 2017. Bill was amended, passed and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it was placed on the Appropriations Suspense file.
  • Link to BillSB 172;

Bill Number: AB 1396

Bill Name: An act to amend Sections 7610 and 7962 of the Family Code, relating to parentage. Added: May 17, 2017

  • Description of Bill: Eliminates the establishment of a parent-child relationship between a surrogate, as defined, and the child born to that surrogate.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Read a first time and referred to Judiciary Committee. Judiciary Committee voted do pass with amendments. Read a second time and ordered a third reading on 5/10/17.
  • Link to BillAB1396;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.

Connecticut

Bill Numbers: HB 5968 HB 7124

Bill Name: An Act Requiring Health Insurance Coverage For Fertility Preservation For Insureds Diagnosed With Cancer Updated: June 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill’s language was added as an amendment to HB 7124 and passed by the House unanimously on 5/25/17 and by the Senate on 6/2/17. It is headed to the Governor for signature. The Governor signed the bill into law on 6/20/17.
  • Link to BillHB 5968HB 7124
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

Delaware

Bill Number: SB 132

Bill Name: An Act to Amend Title 18 Relating to Insurance Coverage for Fertility Care Services Added: July 18, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This Act requires that health insurance offered in this State provide coverage for fertility care services, including in vitro fertilization (“”IVF””) procedures for persons, who along with their partner, suffer from a disease or condition that results in the inability to procreate or to carry a pregnancy to viability.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced and assigned to Banking, Business & Insurance Committee in Senate on 7/12/2017. The regular session has adjourned and will resume in January 2018.
  • Link to BillSB 132;

District of Columbia

Bill Number: B21-0016

Bill Name: “Collaborative Reproduction Amendment Act of 2016” Updated: April 7, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill legalizes compensated gestational carrier arrangements in the District of Columbia and clarifies parentage for intended children from gestational surrogacy and from donor egg, sperm, and embryo.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill became law on April 7, 2017.
  • Link to BillB21-0016;
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

Hawaii

Bill Number: HB 664 and SB 502

Measure Title: Relating to In Vitro Fertilization Insurance Coverage Updated: May 17, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill removes discriminatory requirements for mandatory insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization procedures to create parity of coverage for same-sex couples, unmarried women, and male-female couples for whom male infertility is the relevant factor.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been deferred.
  • Link to Bil HB 664SB 502
  • Read the current HI state insurance mandate and RESOLVE’s letter of support.
  • Read Hawaii LGBTQ Couples Seek Equal Access to Fertility Treatment from NBC.com
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Bill Number: HB 677

Measure Title: Relating to In Vitro Fertilization Insurance Coverage Updated: March 13, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill amends insurance coverage requirements for in vitro fertilization to allow for expanded applicability, including removing the five-year history of infertility requirement.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and read for the first time on January 23, 2017 and referred to the House Committee on Health, which recommended that the measure be deferred for the remainder of the session on 2/9/17. Bill scheduled to be heard by the House Committee on Health on 03-14-17.
  • Link to BillHB 677
  • Read the current HI state insurance mandate and RESOLVE’s letter of support.

Bill Number: SB 515

Bill Name: Relating to In Vitro Fertilization Insurance Coverage Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This legislation ensures an insured’s dependents are eligible to receive the one-time fertilization benefits outlined in her previous legislation (HB 664, HB 677, HB 1562, and SB 502) including coverage for expenses derived from in vitro fertilization procedures. These benefits include coverage for infertility related to endometriosis, exposure to in utero to diethylstilbestrol, blocked or removed fallopian tubes, abnormal male factors contributing to infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro introduced this legislation on January 20th, 2017 and referred this legislation to CPH/JDL and WAM on January 23rd, 2017. The CPH and JDL deferred this legislation on February 3rd, 2017.
  • Link to BillSB 515;

Resolution Number: HCR56 and SCR 57

Updated: April 6, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This resolution requests the Department of the Attorney General to conduct a study on surrogacy and gestational carrier agreements.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE is neutral but offered to be a resource for the study.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Resolution was offered in the House on 2/21/17 and referred to the Committee on Health and scheduled for a hearing on 2/28/17, where it passed. The companion bill SCR 57 has been referred to Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended that the measure be passed.
  • Link to BillHCR 56SCR 57
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter to the Health Committee
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this Resolution.

Bill Number: HB 1562

Bill Name: Relating To Cancer Patients Updated: July 31, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was deferred and the legislature has adjourned.
  • Link to BillHB 1562;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this Resolution.

Illinois

Bill Number: HB 2617

Bill Name: Insurance CD-FERTILITY PRESERVATION Updated: June 19, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to provide that a policy of accident or health insurance shall provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and assigned to the Human Services Committee on 02/22/2017 and referred to the Rules Committee on 3/31/17. Legislature adjourned on 5/31/17.
  • Link to BillHB 2617;
  • Read Commentary: Give cancer survivors a chance to save their fertility published by the Chicago Tribune
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Indiana

Bill Number: HB 1059

Added: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: An act to amend the insurance law to require coverage for in vitro fertilization procedures.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the House and referred to the Insurance Committee on 1/4/17.
  • Link to BillHB 1059;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: We need everyone in Indiana  to reach out to lawmakers to support this pro-family legislation. Send this email now to add IVF coverage to the state’s insurance law.

Bill Number: HB 1134  

Bill Name: “Protection of life” Added: January 13, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is personhood legislation that “Redefines ‘human being’ for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Committee on Public Policy on 1/9/17.
  • Link to BillHB 1134;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Iowa

Bill Number: SF 253 and HF 297

Bill Name: “An Act relating to the protection of life beginning at conception”
Updated: March 3, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation and recognizes that “life is valued and protected from the moment of conception, and each life, from that moment, is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and the laws of this state.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced and referred to Judiciary Committee on 02/14/17.  The House bill was introduced and referred to Human Resources Committee on 2/14/17. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee recommended passage on 2/27/17.
  • Link to BillSF 253HF 297
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Kansas

Resolution Number: HCR 5009

Resolution Name: State constitution, human life amendments. Added: February 7, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This is personhood legislation that “Redefines ‘human being’ for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Committee on Federal and State Affairs on 2/3/2017.
  • Link to ResolutionHCR 5009;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.

Kentucky

Bill Number: SB 179

Bill Name: An Act relating to coverage for fertility preservation services. Updated: June 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill would mandate insurance coverage for fertility preservation for men and women before undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced on 2/14/17 and referred to Banking & Insurance Committee; the bill died in committee.
  • Link to BillSB 179;
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Maryland

Bill Number: HB 876 and SB 918

Bill Name: Health Insurance – Coverage of Fertility Preservation Procedures for Iatrogenic Infertility Updated: March 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill: The bill covers fertility preservation for cancer patients and others whose medical treatment may cause infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The House bill was referred to the Health and Government Operations Committee on 2/6/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/2/17. The Senate bill was referred to the Finance Committee on 2/3/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/8/17.  Both Committees recommended an independent study on the financial impact of the bills to be completed in time for the bills to be considered next session.
  • Link to BillHB 876SB 918;
  • Read RESOLVE’s letter of support.

Bill Number: SB 96

Bill Name: Health Insurance – Coverage for Fertility Awareness-Based Methods Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill requires certain insurers, particularly nonprofits, to provide coverage for fertility-awareness programs and prohibits them from charging copayments or deductibles for these programs. The bill also provides definitions and lists a set of example fertility-based programs.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The House bill was referred to the Health and Government Operations Committee on 2/6/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/2/17. The Senate bill was referred to the Finance Committee on 2/3/17 with a hearing scheduled for 3/8/17.  Both Committees recommended an independent study on the financial impact of the bills to be completed in time for the bills to be considered next session. The bill has been set on the Formal Calendar S Bills for Perfection for March 27.
  • Link to BillSB 96;

Minnesota

Bill Numbers: SF 707 and HF 2593

Bill Name: Gestational Carrier Act Updated: April 11, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill establishes requirements for gestational carrier contracts and reflects the consensus points reached by the Legislative Commission on Surrogacy to protect all participants, including mental health/physical exams for gestational carrier candidates; mental health exams for intended parents; independent legal representation for gestational carriers and intended parents; and clarifying Minnesota’s parentage law so that intended parents don’t have to incur the expense of adopting their own child.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: SF 707 was introduced and referred to the Judiciary and Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on 02/06/17. HF 2593 was introduced and referred to the Civil Law and Data Practices Policy Committee on 04/07/17.
  • Link to Bill: As Introduced: SF 707HF 2593
  • Read “New Push to Reign in Surrogacy” and “Minnesota needs clarity on surrogacy laws” published in the Minnesota Star-Tribune and supportive letters to the editor.
  • Watch “Lawmakers Seek To Streamline, Regulate Surrogacy” aired on local CBS station. 
  • Action Needed: Thank the authors of the Gestational Carrier Act if they are your Representative or Senator. Authors to date are Representatives Lesch, Hertaus, Zerwas, Youakim and Loonan and Senators Pappas, Dibble, Latz, Abeler and Marty. Use this letter template and locate their email addresses here. (If you don’t know who your lawmaker is, you can look them up here.)  Show your appreciation and help enlist other lawmakers to support this important legislation.

Bill Number: HF 4

Bill Name: Omnibus Tax Bill Updated: May 8, 2017

  • Description of Bill: Current Minnesota law allows a tax credit of $2,000 in cases of stillbirths. This credit is to be used for burial costs. Members of the tax conference committee have approved a tax bill, H.F. 4, that denies parents who lose their child to stillbirth in a gestational surrogacy arrangement from receiving the tax credit.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Legislative leaders are working with the Governor to reach agreement on the budget bills before the May 22nd deadline. The language barring the tax credit for intended parents in a gestational surrogacy arrangement has now been removed.
  • Link to BillHF 4;
  • Action Needed: Your calls and emails made a difference! Thank you for getting this discriminatory language removed. Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to stay updated on this and other legislation in the state that affects family building.

Mississippi

Bill Numbers: SB 2655; HB 451 and 507

Updated: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: An act to require health insurance policies which provide pregnancy related benefits to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses of diagnosis and treatment of infertility. The bill also covers fertility preservation for cancer patients and others whose medical treatment may cause infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HB 451 has been introduced in the House and referred to the Insurance Committee on 01/09/17. HB 507 was introduced and referred to the Insurance Committee on 01/13/17. SB 2655 was introduced in the Senate and referred to The Appropriations and Insurance Committees on 01/16/17. Bills died in committee on 1/31/17.
  • Link to BillHB 451HB 507SB 2655;

Missouri

Bill Number: HB 112

Bill Name: Changes the laws regarding custody of in vitro human embryos Updated: April 3, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is a so-called “personhood” bill and establishes that the “in vitro human embryo is recognized as a human being in this state…and has all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill was introduced in the House and read for the second time on 01/05/2017. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee on 02/16/2017. A hearing is scheduled for 4/2/17.
  • Link to BillHB 112;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Opposition.
  • Action Needed: If you live in Missouri, stop this bill by sending this Action Alert to lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee.  Act now!

Resolution Number: HJR 18 

Resolution Name: “Proposes a constitutional amendment regarding the right to life” Updated: March 30, 2017

  • Description of Resolution: This House Joint Resolution is so-called “personhood” legislation that “recognizes the right to life of every unborn human child at every stage of biological development.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Resolution.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: HJR was introduced and read for the first time on 01/05/17. It was read for the second time on 1/9/17 and referred to Children and Families on 1/31/17 with a hearing scheduled for 2/14/17. A committee vote is scheduled for 2/21/17. The Committed voted Do Pass on 2/21/17 and the bill was referred to the Rules-Legislative Oversight Committee on 2/22/17.
  • Link to BillHJR 18;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: We need everyone in Missouri to reach out to lawmakers to oppose this anti-family legislation. Send this email now to show your opposition to this resolution.

Bill Number: HB 709

Bill Name: “Missouri Right to Life Act” Added: February 20, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill “establishes the “”Missouri Right to Life Act.”, which changes the laws regarding the finding that life begins at conception.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Children and Families Committee on 2/16/2017.
  • Link to BillSB 754;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Montana

Bill Number: MT [R] HB 595

Bill Name: Constitutional amendment to define person Updated: April 4, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill defines “person” as “members of the species Homo sapiens at any stage of development, including the stage of fertilization or conception.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to a committee on 3/15/17. Hearing to be held on 3/28/17. Bill passed in the committee. Second reading is scheduled on 3/30/17. Bill passed the House on 3/31. Hearing in Senate Judiciary on 4/7.
  • Link to BillHB 595;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Opposition
  • Action Needed: If you live in Montana, stop this bill by sending this Action Alert to lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee.  Act now!

New Jersey

Bill Number: A 1447 and S 1398

Bill Name: An Act concerning infertility coverage under certain health insurance plans. Updated: May 1, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill expands the current infertility insurance mandate in New Jersey “to certain women that are currently denied coverage for those benefits under certain health insurance plans… such as lesbians, women without partners, or women with partners who have protected intercourse.” The bill also reduces the waiting period for heterosexual couples from two years to one year for women under 35 years of age and from one year to six months for women 35 and over, and requires the State Health Benefits Program and the School Employees Health Benefits Plan to provide this expanded insurance coverage.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was signed into law by the Governor on 5/1/17.
  • Link to BillA 1447S 1398
  • Read NJ insurance mandate.
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

Bill Number: S 1238

Bill Name: New Jersey Gestational Carrier Agreement Act Updated: June 29, 2017

  • Description of Bill: Authorizes certain gestational carrier agreements.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee on 02/08/2016. Passed by the Senate on 6/26/2017. Received in the Assembly and referred to Assembly Human Services Committee on 6/26/17.
  • Link to BillS1238;

New York

Bill Number: S 3148A and A 2646A

Bill Name: The Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA) Updated: October 4, 2017

Bill Numbers: S17A, and A 6959A

Bill Name: Child Parent Security Act Updated: October 4, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill legalizes compensated gestational carrier arrangements in New York State and clarifies parentage for intended children from gestational surrogacy and from donor egg, sperm, and embryo.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this bill.
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced in the Senate and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 1/3/17. The bill was introduced in the State Assembly and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 3/28/17. Both chambers adjourned in June 2017 without yon the bill so the  bill remains in the respective Judiciary Committees when the new legislative session starts in January 2018.
  • Link to BillS 17AA. 6959A
  • Read Letter: Reproduction options limited by state laws published by Times Union.
  • Read “Battle Over Paid Surrogacy Opens New Front,” published in Time magazine, “Make Surrogacy Legal in New York,” published in the Albany Times UnionLegislators seek overhaul of surrogacy laws from Albany Times Union and Repeal NY surrogacy ban to reflect rest of the country published by Times Union.
  • Action Needed: Send this letter to your state legislators and the Governor to make 2018 the year we pass CPSA!

Bill Numbers: SB 322 AB 5208

Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill prohibits health insurance policies from being limited, restricted, or have additional requirements placed upon them due to whether or not the insured has a partner of the same sex. The bill also prohibits health insurance policies from limiting access to in vitro fertilization based on whether or not the insured has a partner of the same sex or the sexual history of the insured.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced on 1/3/17 and sent to the Committee on Insurance on the same day for consideration. The Assembly bill was introduced on 2/6/2017 and sent to the Committee on Insurance on the same day for consideration.
  • Link to BillSB 322AB 5208

Bill Number: AB 2415

Bill Name: Mandates insurance companies to provide coverage for non-experimental infertility treatments Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill amends the insurance laws of 1990 and 1992 to clarify that procedures covered under the law do not exclude surgeries to correct deformation as well as tests related to infertility. Coverage is not required in the cases of the reversal of elective sterilization, sex change procedures, cloning, or experimental medical or surgical devices. The bill also limits lifetime coverage to $100,000 per insured person and allows insurers to limit coverage in the cases of in vitro fertilization to individuals who have already failed to conceive in other infertility treatments.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Rep. Amy Paulin (DEM-NY) introduced this bill on January 19, 2017. The same day it was referred to the Insurance Committee.
  • Link to BillAB 2415;

Bill Number: AB 528

Bill Name: AN ACT to amend the insurance law, in relation to insurance coverage of in vitro fertilization treatments Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill extends health insurance coverage to in vitro fertilization by amending the insurance law of 2002.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Rep. Linda Rosenthal (D-NY) introduced this bill on January 8, 2017. The same day it was referred to the Insurance Committee.
  • Link to BillAB 528;

North Carolina

Bill Number: H 163

Bill Name: Enact Right to Life at Conception Act Added: March 9, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation that recognizes “the right to life … is vested in each human being… at all stages of life including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to Health Committee in 1/25/17. This bill is being heard on 3/9 in the Health Committee.
  • Link to BillH 163;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Oregon

Bill Number: SB 859

Updated: March 21, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill requires physician to discuss issues related to fertility with adolescent oncology patient
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Senate Health Care Committee on 2/27/17. A hearing is scheduled for 3/16/17.
  • Link to BillSB 859;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support 
  • Action Needed: Contact info@resolve.org if you are you suffering from infertility as a result of cancer treatment. We need your experience to help advocate for this bill.

Pennsylvania

Bill Number: SB 148

Bill Name: Act amending the act of May 17, 1921 (P.L.682, No.284), known as The Insurance Company Law of 1921, in health and accident insurance, providing for coverage for infertility treatment. Added: April 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill adds infertility treatment to the Insurance Company Law of 1921. The coverage may exclude coverage of procedures reversing elective sterilization, impose restrictions on waiting periods, exclude coverage of women beyond childbearing years, restrict coverage for assisted reproductive techniques to policyholder or spouse, impose a restriction of three assisted reproductive technology procedures that a policyholder or spouse may attempt, and require a copayment and deductible.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: Sen. Lisa Boscola (DEM-PA) introduced this bill on January 20, 2017. On the same day it was referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance. On March 7, SB 148 became known as Act 392.
  • Link to BillSB 148;

Rhode Island

Bill Number: H 5530

Bill Name: An Act Relating to Insurance — Infertility Updated: March 7, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill changes the current IVF mandate to eliminate the marriage requirement.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to the House Corporations Committee on 02/16/2017. A hearing is scheduled for 3/7/17.
  • Link to BillH 5530;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Bill Number: H 6710A and  S 0821A

Bill Name: An Act Relating to Insurance Updated: July 10, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill would mandate insurance coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to a covered person.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill passed in the Senate on 6/8/17 and has been sent to the House Municipal Government Committee. The bill has been transferred to the House Corporations Committee. Scheduled for consideration on 6/16/17. House passed Sub A  on 06/26/17 and the Senate consented on 06/28/17. The bill now goes to the Governor for signature. Gov. Raimondo signed the bill on July 5th.
  • Link to BillS 0821AH 6710A
  • Read RESOLVE’s Letter of Support
  • Action Needed: Thank you for your advocacy in passing this pro-family law! Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts for the latest developments on state and federal legislation.

South Carolina

Bill Number: S 10

Updated: March 20, 2017

  • Description of Bill: An act to amend the insurance law to require coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE supports this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill has been introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance on 1/10/17.
  • Link to BillS 10;
  • Watch “Lawmakers file bill to require health insurance coverage for infertility after advocates push for change
  • Action Needed: Please send this letter to your State Senator to let them know you want infertility and IVF coverage added to SC’s insurance laws.

Bill Number: S 217 and H 3530

Bill Name: “The Personhood Act of South Carolina” Updated: April 20, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill establishes “that the right to life for each born and preborn human being vests at fertilization and that the rights of due process and equal protection, guaranteed by … the constitution of this state, vest at fertilization for each born and preborn human being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/10/2017 and to the House Judiciary Committee on 1/19/17. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will be held on 4/26.
  • Link to BillS 217H 3530
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: If you live in South Carolina, stop this bill by sending this Action Alert to lawmakers on the Judiciary Committee.  Act now!

Tennessee

Bill Numbers: SB 1153 and HB 1406

Updated: March 3, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This bill “repeals statute that deems a child born to a married woman as a result of artificial insemination, with consent of the married woman’s husband, to be the legitimate child of the husband and wife.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bills were introduced on 2/9/17 and passed on first consideration in the Senate on 2/9/17 and in the Assembly on 2/13/17. The House bill passed on second consideration on 2/13/17 and was assigned to the Civil Justice Subcommittee on 2/21/17.
  • Link to BillSB 1153 HB 1406
  • Action Needed: If you live in Tennessee, please send this letter to your State Senator and Representative to let them know you oppose this bill that discriminates against married couples who need donor sperm to build their family. Act now and enlist others to send letters as well!

Bill Numbers: SB 754 and HB 895

Bill Name: “Sanctity of Human Life Act” Added: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill: This is personhood legislation that “declares that human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood attach.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The Senate bill was introduced and passed on first consideration on 02/08/2017 and then passed on second consideration and referred to the Judiciary Committee on 2/13/17. The House bill was introduced on 02/08/2017 and passed on first consideration on 02/09/2017.
  • Link to BillSB 754HB 895
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Texas

Bill Number: HB 948

Added: February 15, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation “recognizing the rights, powers, and privileges of all unborn children at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth; affecting criminal offenses and penalties.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced on 1/11/17.
  • Link to BillHB 948;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Resolution Number: HJR 121

Resolution Name: Life at Conception provision of the Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights Added: March 15, 2017

  • Description of Resolution:  This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this resolution
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution was introduced on 3/10/17.
  • Link to ResolutionHJR 121;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Resolution Number: HJR 123

Added: March 15 , 2017

  • Description of Resolution:  This resolution proposes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Resolution: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Resolution in the legislative process: The resolution was introduced on 3/10/17.
  • Link to BillHJR 123;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

Bill Number: HB 3859

Bill Name: An Act relating to the conscience rights of certain religious organizations and individuals. Updated: May 23, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill proposes protection for state-funded and private adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents or other households on religious grounds.
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was placed on the General State Calendar on 5/6/17. Bill was passed in the House and Senate. It has been sent to Governor Abbott for his consideration.
  • Read RESOLVE’s Position Statement on Equality for LGBTQ Families.
  • Read Texas adoption agency ‘religious refusal’ closer to law by ABC News.

Bill Number: HB 785

Updated: May 24, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill seeks to encourage donations by providing for the dissemination of embryo donation information by a physician performing an assisted reproduction procedure involving embryo creation and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE is neutral about this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: This bill passed the House and will be heard in Senate Health and Human Services committee on 5/15. The bill passed the Senate on 5/23/17.
  • Link to BillHB 785;

Washington

Bill Number: HB 1649

Bill Name: “Washington state life at conception act” Added: February 14, 2017

  • Description of Bill:  This bill is so-called “personhood” legislation that recognizes “the right to life … is vested in each human being… at all stages of life including, but not limited to, the moment of fertilization, cloning, and other moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into being.”
  • Does RESOLVE support or oppose this Bill: RESOLVE opposes this Bill
  • Current status of the Bill in the legislative process: The bill was introduced and referred to Health Care & Wellness Committee on 1/25/17.
  • Link to BillSB 754;
  • Read RESOLVE’s Policy on Personhood Legislation.
  • Action Needed: Sign up for RESOLVE Advocacy Alerts to receive the latest updates on this bill.

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