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RESOLVE: Call To Immediate Action In Michigan (Infertility)!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record with yet another post about what RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is calling “anti-family bills”, I am posting this because it requires immediate attention. Silence is not going to solve this problem.


RESOLVE says:
Attention MI Residents
February 18, 2010 Update
Urgent! Lawmakers need to hear from us – Now!

Here is the email from RESOLVE:

The Michigan Senate is getting ready to vote on some of the worst bills we have ever seen.

Do you want the Michigan government to monitor the number of eggs women produce in infertility treatment? Do you want the Michigan government to track the number of embryos you have, and how you choose to use them in treatment and afterwards? Do you think it should be reported to the Michigan government if you have a miscarriage?

These are unfair intrusions for infertility patients.

Please, drop whatever you are doing and click this link NOW to join RESOLVE in opposing the bills that would make these intrusions the law. People with infertility in Michigan deserve the same respect, options, and privacy as patients in other states!

For details on the bills, including a link to the bill language, visit the RESOLVE website.

Every voice helps and if we have a huge flood of letters, it could make all the difference.

Sincerely,
Barbara Collura
Executive Director, RESOLVE

P.S. Please forward this alert to family and friends who care about protecting the interests of people who are trying to build families! Please also forward to any professionals who you know in Michigan, including your doctor, and urge them to oppose these bills. Take Action Now!

Please spread the word so that we can get as many Michigan residents as possible to speak up in opposition of these bills. Thank you.

This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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10 comments

1 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 02.20.10 at 12:20 pm }

This would not let me put in my alert, I guess because I’m in Texas. But I will for sure post the button on my blog again, later today, and note Michigan.

2 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.20.10 at 9:51 pm }

Jannie,

Thank you for trying to write in regarding Michigan! I’m afraid that only the residents of a given state can write in for that particular state. (I’m sorry if I didn’t make that clear in the post. I know it gets confusing when there is so much happening at the same time around the U.S. regarding legislation about infertility treatment).

I see that you updated your badge to direct people to Michigan specifically. At this time, Michigan and Arizona are both at critical points… with the legislation being partway through the process in each state. I had updated the link in my badge widget previously from the RESOLVE page pertaining specifically to Michigan to the RESOLVE page regarding state legislation. I did this because the state page has info on Michigan, Arizona, and any other states that are in the news.

There are currently 6 states that the state legislation page (which my badge links to) mentions: Arizona, Maryland, Michigan, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Missouri. Not all of these states are listed with bad news. Some of them are listed for good news… legislation that helps infertility patients.

Since the situation is so fluid and since the stakes are so high right now in both Michigan and Arizona, I am continuing to link to the state legislation page with my RESOLVE badge. That is the page where RESOLVE lists the most up-to-date state legislation news all in one spot. From that page Michigan residents can access links to write in to Michigan legislators, Arizona residents can access links to write in to Arizona legislators, and so on.

As important as it is to get the attention of Michigan residents now (with the legislation moving forward after being in limbo for a bit), it is also very important to get the attention of Arizona residents regarding the legislation that is in limbo there. With these two states processing legislation so aggressively, time is of the essence. Also, I still believe what I mentioned in an earlier post… that such legislation is precedent-setting and that more states will likely jump on the bandwagon and take action that could endanger infertility patients’ rights. I wish I were wrong about this but it is apparent to me that this is most likely a sign of more things to come.

When I made a badge using the RESOLVE logo back when I wrote the first Michigan post (having used the logo with RESOLVE’s permission, of course), I purposely did not specify a state on the badge itself because I figured that it could then be used for whatever state needed a spotlight. Since then, RESOLVE has set up the recent updates for various states all on the state legislation page. So, after switching from the initial (Michigan) RESOLVE link to the state legislation page… I decided I’d leave it there.

Hopefully this all makes sense. If anyone reading this is confused about any aspect of the RESOLVE badge/link for state infertility legislation, please let me know and I will try to make it clearer.

It is terribly unfortunate that legislators in any state (let alone multiple states!) are working so hard to take away infertility patients’ rights to everything from privacy to the very right to obtain medical treatment for infertility. It is absolutely unimaginable to me that Michigan proposes to count women’s miscarriages!

I find all of this deeply concerning for all infertility patients.

As Endochick pointed out in her post Infertility Patients’ Rights, this is alarming for other reasons too. As she pointed out, if legislators can take away the rights of infertile patients… what is to stop them from taking away rights of other patients?

It is truly disturbing to me that any patients’ rights are in such a fragile position! It truly is an affront to all patients, in my estimation, because the notion of legislators taking away patients’ rights to medical treatment is just… chilling!

Jeanne

3 alohamorakatNo Gravatar { 02.20.10 at 11:23 pm }

Jeanne,

These bills are very unfair!

KK

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.21.10 at 12:30 am }

KK,

I couldn’t agree more. 🙁

Jeanne

5 Dorothy StahlneckerNo Gravatar { 02.21.10 at 11:40 am }

How and when will we be able to stop the government from continuing to attempt to legislate us. Pretty soon they’ll have monitors in our homes. We’d better stay vigilant…..

Good information and good luck Michigan..

Dorothy

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6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 02.21.10 at 8:30 pm }

Dorothy,

Honestly, if this Michigan legislation does pass, they may as well have monitors in people’s homes. If you know anyone in Michigan, please spread the word that these bills are dangerously close to being enacted into law.

Thank you.

Jeanne

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9 ivfNo Gravatar { 07.29.10 at 10:41 am }

Jeanne,

do you know what became of these bills? were the residents of Michigan able to generate enough support to stop them or are the still stuck in the political process somewhere?
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10 JeanneNo Gravatar { 07.30.10 at 2:31 am }

Welcome ivf!

For questions pertaining to the status of bills in a given state, I generally turn to the RESOLVE: Become an advocate page. They give a break-down of which bills are in play in which states at a given time.

You can also access this same page by clicking on the yellow RESOLVE badge in my blog’s sidebar. It points to the page referenced above.

Thank you for your feedback on this important matter!

Jeanne

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