RESOLVE, the only patient advocacy group in the U.S. that fights for the rights of women and men who are infertile has seen an increasing need to bring together the community to ensure that our voices are heard. RESOLVE is greatly involved in advocating for the infertility community on both the federal and state level. Discover ways you can get involved with issues that impacts this community.
H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
RESOLVE opposes the following provisions in this bill:
- Repeals the Adoption Tax Credit
- Repeals the employer provided adoption assistance exclusion. Currently if you get an adoption assistance benefit from your employer it is not considered income for taxable purposes; with this bill if you get that benefit it will be taxed as income.
- Removes itemized medical expenses deductions. If you itemize your deductions and have a lot of out-of-pocket medical costs, you can claim a deduction for your medical costs. Under the new plan, that completely goes away.
Send a letter of opposition today to your U.S. Representative.
H.R. 586, H.R. 681 and S. 231, “To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”
RESOLVE opposes all Personhood initiatives and urges all Americans to oppose any anti-family legislation as it undermines access to safe and reliable infertility medical treatments. Click here to read RESOLVE’s Policy Statement on Personhood legislation, which includes a full explanation of how Personhood legislation and/or Amendments will impact people with infertility. Send a letter of opposition to your U.S. Representative and Senators right now.
Adoption Tax Credit S. 937 and H.R. 2476
The Adoption Tax Credit would extend tax benefits to more Americans, encourage adoption and increase American families’ abilities to offer homes to adoptive children. Send a letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators requesting that they support this important bill today.
Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act, S. 700 and H.R. 1681
Make #IVF4Vets a permanent program. Our advocates were successful in securing funding so that the Veterans Administration can offer IVF for wounded Vets in FY 2017 and FY 2018, but it did not lift the ban permanently. We will ask Congress to make #IVF4Vets permanent through passage of the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act. Send a letter today to your Senators and Representative and show your support for our veterans.
RESOLVE tracks legislation that impact the infertility community. Some of these bills are anti-family and some of the bills would help people with infertility. Click here to see the list of state legislation that we are currently tracking.
The Arizona Senate passed SB 1393, an embryo-personhood bill that poses great risks to Arizonans who need medical help to have children. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives. We need you to call Members of the Judiciary Committee on March 7 to stop this bill. As we alerted you earlier, this bill inserts the AZ legislature into the extremely personal decision about how a couple builds their family. Its effect is to take away individuals’ rights to determine whether or not they have children and to replace it with a government-mandated decision. The Judiciary Committee needs to hear from YOU how this bill will negatively impact the more than 130,000 Arizona citizens facing infertility.
State Senate Bill 139 would require insurers to treat infertility on par with other ailments, requiring them to cover IVF treatments, and fertility preservation for cancer patients, just as they would cover practices within the standard of care for other physical illness or disease. Send a letter today to your state Senator.
Opponents of surrogacy wasted no time in introducing an anti-surrogacy bill that would limit family building options in Minnesota, and we cannot let this extreme legislation pass – not on our watch! Register for Minnesota Advocacy Day on April 17th to voice your opposition to this bill with your lawmakers.
South Carolina Residents!
The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a last-minute vote on Tuesday and passed Senate Bill 217, a “personhood” bill that would hurt the family building community in South Carolina. The bill will now go to the full Senate for a vote, and we need you to call your Senator TODAY to stop this bill. We don’t know when the vote will be scheduled but we know that the bill sponsors are trying to rush it through, so we need to act fast.
New York Residents!
Send letters now to the Assembly and Senate to support the Child Parent Security Act which legalizes gestational surrogacy and the Fair Access to Fertility Treatment Act (FAFTA) which requires insurance to cover IVF and fertility preservation. For additional ways to help advance this legislation, use the FAFTA Tool Kit.