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Infertiles Have a Dream, Too

By Tracey Minella

January 20th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

 

As Americans celebrate the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we usually remember his most famous quotation from his 1963 speech for racial equality.

“I Have a Dream…”

Those trying to conceive a baby live by these same words. They are the mantra of the suffering, infertile woman.

To be clear, infertility is not on the same “life-and-death” level as the civil rights movement.  Yet there is no mistaking the parallels that do exist between the passion MLK felt for his cause and the passion infertile women feel for their quest for motherhood.

When you are infertile, you are ever-aware of a different unfairness and inequality in the world. How fertile couples take their fertility for granted. How others have what you’ve been denied. You suffer unimaginable pain and despair at what is effectively a denial of your right to the pursuit of happiness. And you passionately dream your dream…of a day when you will hold a baby in your arms.

MLK’s peaceful protesting of the injustices of segregation and racial inequality ultimately changed a nation. But for the infertile woman, there is no protest that can make that dream of motherhood come true. Sure, we can and must demand the government do more to help infertile women… such as re-grouping and continually advocating for legislation like the Family Act tax credit, or mandating more comprehensive medical insurance for infertility treatment. But ultimately, your plight is based on individual circumstance, not oppression by others. New legislation may help financially, but it alone won’t guarantee you get pregnant. So how do you deal with the frustration over the situation? How do you keep your dream alive?

Dr. King…a spiritual man and motivational speaker…gave us more than that one famous quote.  Here’s another one, which speaks to the heart of the infertile woman:

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

So when you remember the courage of this great man, think about becoming an advocate for political change that will advance the cause for infertile women. Keep the faith.

And never give up on your dream.

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How do you keep your dream alive? What’s the biggest obstacle?

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Answer the Call…Make the Call

By Tracey Minella

November 27th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Would over $13,000 for IVF help you build your family? How about fund an adoption? It’s within your grasp. But only if you act now.

Join RESOLVE’s “Call to Congress” campaign …today through Thursday… and help get the Family Act enacted and the Adoption Tax Credit expanded and made permanent.

By calling your representatives and using the step-by-step instructions and script provided by RESOLVE, you can make your dream of having a family through IVF or adoption, that much closer to a reality by removing a large financial obstacle. The proposed legislation also offers assistance for the costs of fertility preservation in patients facing cancer, so the loss of affected reproductive organs (or the effects of chemotherapy) will not rob them of their ability to have a biological child once their cancer crisis has passed.

This three day movement, organized by RESOLVE, has been strategically planned to make a noticeable impact on legislators nationwide. Fertility advocates across the entire country are mobilizing forces to join in the effort to get the Family Act passed and the Adoption Tax Credit expanded and made permanent. Fertility patients everywhere, current or former, are being asked to speak up and be heard.

Does this sound like a battle? Well, it is! Will you answer the call…and make the call?

Please click here for more information about this ground-breaking legislation and for easy access links to help you show your support: http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/congressional-call-week-2012.html. Then make the calls…today through Thursday. Thanks.

 

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After you make the call, please tell us here (or on Facebook) that you did it! Please share this information with whomever you are comfortable sharing it with. Together we can make a difference.

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Long Island IVF Supports the Family Act

By Tracey Minella

November 18th, 2012 at 11:37 am

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Thanksgiving is over and the December holidays are coming fast. Think back on the beauty of that Thanksgiving feast. More than any other holiday Thanksgiving is a celebration of families, pure and simple.

Just being together as a family, sharing a meal of thankfulness.

But for people suffering from infertility, it can be hard to celebrate anything. It can be hard to feel thankful for the good things when the ache for a child is so overwhelming. For some, Thanksgiving was just the beginning of a long month of painful holiday events which remind them of the families they don’t yet have.

But there is something that can be done to help the 1 in 8 couples suffering from infertility to have their families. It’s called the Family Act. And it needs your immediate attention and support.

Right now important legislation is pending in both the Senate and the House that seeks to provide over $13,000.00 in tax credit assistance to cover the medical costs associated with in vitro fertilization (IVF) for people suffering from infertility.

It also can be used for fertility preservation for patients facing cancer.

Please click on this link for a short, easy-to-read summary of the benefits of this important legislation. Then act on the easy instructions for how to contact your representatives to show your support. All the contact information and links are provided, including the words to use when making contact. http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/about-the-family-act-of-2011-bill.html

You wouldn’t be reading this if infertility hadn’t touched your life in some way. You are either suffering from infertility yourself, previously suffered from it, or know someone who is. We all know someone, even if they haven’t shared their secret pain.

We’ve never been so close to mandating IVF infertility medical assistance through a tax credit before now. But we need your help.

Please act. And please share this information and ask others to act on it. Talk about this at your holiday tables.

We need to be heard. Now. Please check our website and The Fertility Daily blog for information on how you and your family and friends can make a real difference in the passage of this legislation by attending Long Island IVF’s and RESOLVE’s big Town Hall Event on December 18, 2012!

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What have or will you do to support the Family Act?

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Infertility Podcast Series: Journey to the Crib: Chapter 33: Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn

By David Kreiner, MD

November 8th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Welcome to the Journey to the Crib Podcast.  We will have a blog discussion each week with each chapter.  This podcast covers the final chapter, Chapter Thirty-Three: Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn. You, the listener, are invited to ask questions and make comments.  You can access the podcast here: http://podcast.longislandivf.com/?p=149 

 Fertility Treatment During This Economic Downturn 

Financial hardships have increased fertility challenges for many couples attempting to build their families.  In regions where patients do not have insurance coverage for their IVF procedures it is unlikely that they proceed with the treatment that is necessary for them to be able to complete their families. 

In places that do provide coverage for IVF, such as Massachusetts, 5% of all babies born are as a result of IVF.  Elsewhere in the U.S., IVF accounts for only 1% of births suggesting that the financial cost of IVF denies access for approximately 80% of couples in need.

The problem of the cost of IVF is compounded by the fact that patients are driven to transfer multiple embryos to limit the cost and avoid additional fees from cryopreservation, embryo storage and frozen embryo transfers.  These multiple transfers increase the risks of multiple pregnancy and preterm delivery with subsequent complications to the babies from preterm birth. 

We, at Long Island IVF, attempt to make IVF more accessible and safer by offering income based grants, free cryopreservation, storage and discounted frozen embryo transfers to patients electively transferring single embryos.  We have also offered free IVF cycles through best video/essay contests to a few needy patients over the past few years. 

It is our sincere wish and hope that a bill that is presently in front of Congress offering a tax credit to patients going through IVF is passed thereby making IVF that much more affordable to our patients in need. 

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Was this helpful in answering your questions about fertility treatment during this economic downturn? Are you aware of the pending proposed Family Act, which would offer a tax credit to infertile women wishing to undergo infertility treatment (similar to the current adoption credit for those wanting to pursue adoption)? Have you urged your legislators to support this important legislation?

 Please share your thoughts about this podcast here. And ask any questions and Dr. Kreiner will answer them.

 

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Help Pass The Family Act (Tax Credit for Infertility Cost)

By admin

May 13th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

May 10, 2011
Source: ASRM Action Alert

ASRM is endorsing a bill that could be introduced as early as tomorrow in the US Senate. The Family Act would provide a federal tax credit of up to $13,360 for expenses incurred for IVF treatment that is otherwise not reimbursed. It is akin to an existing tax credit for those who incur adoption expenses. The bill will be introduced by Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (NY). We are working to help Sen. Gillibrand gain original co-sponsors for this bill before it is officially introduced, and hope you can do your part. Our targets are Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA), Sen. Ben Cardin (MD) and Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ). ASRM encourages its members to take just a moment today or tomorrow a.m. to call their Senator’s office (see staff contacts) and urge them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sean Tipton, ASRM’s Director of Public Affairs, at stipton@asrm-dc.org should you need additional information or want to help further.

Staff Contacts

Meghan Taira in Senator Schumer’s Office (202) 224-6542

Talking points are simple:
Thank you for taking my call. My name is _______ and I live in ____________, (state). I’m calling today to encourage the Senator to join with Senator Gillibrand and co-sponsor the Family Act when it is introduced this week.

This bill will provide a tax credit to offset the high costs of some infertility treatment for those trying to have a family.

There is a significant financial burden associated infertility because of the lack of insurance coverage. This bill would help thousands of people diagnosed with infertility overcome the financial burdens of family building.

If you think the Senator would be interested, you can get more information on the legislation from Kabrina Cabrera in Senator Gillibrand’s office. I believe that Senator Gillibrand was hoping to introduce the bill on Wednesday May 11th. Do you think I can count on the Senator’s support?

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