Representatives of AAAA recently gathered in Washington DC to support the RESOLVE Advocacy Day. RESOLVE is the National Infertility Association (www.Resolve.org), advocating on behalf of the millions of Americans suffering from infertility. AAAA’s President, Catherine Keefe; Deputy ART Director, Nidhi Desai, and Past President, Deb Guston, attended meetings with Members of Congress and staffers on Capitol Hill along with RESOLVE volunteers. On the agenda: the Access to Infertility Treatment and Care Act that would extend IVF and gamete preservation coverage to veterans and federal employees; the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act that provides for permanent funding for fertility treatment and adoption assistance for wounded veterans; and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act that would make it illegal to utilize federal funding provided to adoption service providers who discriminate based on religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity. AAAA also advocated for an increase in federal funding for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the division of the National Institutes of Health that does research on diseases affecting fertility and child and maternal mortality and morbidity. For more information on AAAA’s legislative agenda, please contact ART Director, Margaret Swain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–Debra Guston is a Fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and a Past President of the Organization