Champion Bipartisan Action on Infertility

Reproductive and infertility issues are all too common, but sadly, many American women and men continue to suffer in silence. It’s time to re-think our approach to infertility – and for Members of Congress to have a better understanding of what this disease is and how it is caused, which communities are at an increased risk, and what should be done to reduce barriers to diagnoses and treatment. Urge your legislator to support actions that will expand Congressional support for better policies addressing infertility treatments and diagnoses.

While some states have made steps towards expanding access to infertility treatment, solutions are needed at the federal level. A new bipartisan resolution (H.Res. 338) introduced by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) and Congressman Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) – the first bipartisan action on infertility in more than a decade – affirms our elected leaders’ commitment to address infertility issues including causes, diagnoses, treatment and costs.

Infertility impacts more than 13 million people nationwide, with at least 12 percent of women and 9 percent of men affected in the United States.  Living with disabilities, injuries, a disease or genetic disorders can make the path to conceiving a child even more challenging. Some conditions that cause infertility are more prevalent in the Jewish community and a higher incidence of genetic mutations also increases the Jewish community's need for fertility treatments. The emotional and financial barriers most Americans face to secure a proper diagnosis and effective treatment exacerbate the situation.

It is likely that you or someone you know has experienced infertility, and it’s up to all of us to take action and help implement meaningful change. By raising awareness, improving education and expanding access to quality and affordable care, we can ensure that all families facing infertility can get the medical support they need.  

Let’s break down the barriers and eliminate the stigma. Urge your legislators to support H.Res. 338 and bipartisan action on infertility today.

We also encourage advocates in California, Tennessee, Virgina and Massachusetts to support state-level legislation that would expand access to infertility treatment and/or fertility preservation. Send a letter to those state legislators or contact advocacy@hadassah.org if you are interested in infertility advoccacy in another state.