Privacy Rights For Infertility Patients (Updated)
UPDATE as of 1/27/2010:
I emailed back and forth with RESOLVE staff today. They expect the legislation (discussed in this post and the attached blog comments) to be voted on in Michigan’s State Senate but the date for this vote has not been announced. With permission from RESOLVE to use their logo as part of it, I have created a blog badge that you can install on your blog:
If you install this badge, please link to THIS page containing updates on the situation. By installing this badge on your blog, you can support the rights of infertile patients. By directing blog traffic to RESOLVE’s page on the Michigan legislation, you can help get the word out to more people. You can also contact RESOLVE directly to see how you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org. I personally believe this legislation is an affront to infertility patients everywhere.
I am writing this post about bills.
No, not that kind of bills. Although, that got your attention… didn’t it?
Actually, I am writing to draw your attention to an issue involving legislative bills.
Are you infertile? Have you struggled with infertility in the past? Do you know someone who is infertile?
If so, you may want to read this link regarding startling legislation pending in the state of Michigan:
If these bills pass, I believe the impact will be on far more than Michigan residents. I think other states could follow suit with similar legislation that would potentially invade privacy rights and limit or prohibit access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) for a great many people.
Should people's dreams of becoming parents be shattered by legislators? I don't think so.
When I discovered the RESOLVE link via Kelly Damron today, I was shocked to read its contents. I felt compelled to write about it here because I believe these bills represent potentially precedent-setting legislation that could severely impact many infertility patients.
If you are a blogger and are reading this post, I urge you to consider posting about this subject on your own blog as soon as possible. Infertility patients deal with issues including grief, stigma, emotional pain, physical pain associated with various infertility treatment, miscarriages/pregnancy loss for some patients, endless strings of medical appointments, adoption red tape for some, etc.
Do we really need a government body to add more barriers for infertility patients? For heaven’s sakes, aren’t there enough obstacles already?
Do infertility patients really need legislators invading their privacy and restricting their access to legal procedures such as IVF? I think not. I think infertility patients suffer enough. I think the last thing they need is legislators in their business. Let’s stand up for infertility patients.
RESOLVE is right when they say:
“We contend that fertility patients should demand the same right to privacy as any other patient. We should not be singled out as undeserving of the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship”.
Why indeed should infertility patients be singled out? Infertility patients DO have the same right to privacy as any other patient.
This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.
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