2024 Federal Advocacy Efforts

Active Family Building Legislation

 

A bill to prohibit the limitation of access to assisted reproductive technology, and all medical care surrounding such technology (S.3612/H.R.7056)

Lead Sponsors: US Senator Tammy Duckworth and US Senator Patty Murray; US Representative Susan Wild

S.3612/H.R.7056, known as the Access to Family Building Act of 2024, was introduced in January. This legislation would establish a statutory right to access assisted reproductive technology (ART), including IVF. This will ensure that ART services remain legal and available everywhere in the United States. This is particularly critical in the current national context, where the future of fertility care is vulnerable to anti-abortion attacks across the country.

The Access to Family Building Act will:

  • Establish a statutory right for an individual to access, without prohibition or unreasonable interference, ART services, such as IVF, and for a healthcare provider to provide ART services;

  • Establish an individual’s right regarding the use or disposition of their reproductive genetic materials, including gametes;
  • Allow the Department of Justice to pursue civil action against any state, government official, individual or entity that violates protections in the legislation; and
  • Create a private right of action for individuals and healthcare providers in states that have limited access to ART.

Get Involved

 

Our focus right now is on getting as many Senate co-sponsors as possible for the Access to Family Building Act.
We want ALL the Senators from New England to co-sponsor this legislation and you can help. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

 

1. First, confirm who your two US Senators are at: https://www.senate.gov/senators/
There is a drop-down list at the top by state.

2. Call or email both of your US Senators to urge them to co-sponsor S.3612.

3. Use the sample language below for your call or email.
Of course, PERSONALIZE this with your own story, thoughts and feelings. This is what is most powerful. Thank you!

If you have any questions or would like some assistance, email Kate at [email protected]!

Sample Script/Email

I am a resident of [CITY/TOWN, STATE]. As your constituent, I respectfully request that you co-sponsor the Access to Family Building Act, S. 3612, which was introduced in January by your colleagues Senators Duckworth and Baldwin. This crucial legislation will keep access to fertility treatment legal and available everywhere in the United States. One in 6 people has infertility, and some may need fertility care such as IVF to grow their family.

Unfortunately, many states have introduced legislation that would restrict or prohibit access to IVF, a medical treatment that results in 2% of all births in the nation. I want to ensure that every American, regardless of where they live, has access to the medical care they need to try to build their family. The Access to Family Building Act of 2024 would establish a statutory right to access assisted reproductive technology (ART) such as IVF. This will ensure that ART services remain legal and available everywhere in the United States.

I care about this pro-family legislation because…[EXPLAIN WHY YOU CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE/BRIEFLY SHARE YOUR STORY]

I would be so grateful for your co-sponsorship and strong support of S. 3612. This bill will preserve access to family building care and help people to achieve their dream of parenthood.

Resolve New England is grateful for the leadership of RESOLVE: the National Infertility Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and of many other national partners. Our RNE community is encouraged to register for the RESOLVE Advocacy Network and for Federal Advocacy Day, which this year will be virtual on May 14th.

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