NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Dan Crenshaw introduced a Hadassah-backed bipartisan Resolution affirming the commitment of Congress to address issues associated with infertility, which impacts more than 13 million Americans. It is the first bipartisan action on infertility in more than a decade, and a critical step forward in building greater support for legislative action focusing on causes, diagnoses, treatment and costs.
The introduction of the Resolution corresponds with National Infertility Awareness Week, the first anniversary of Hadassah’s reConceiving Infertility initiative, and a partnership between Hadassah and major Jewish fertility organizations positioning Hadassah in a leading advocacy role for this measure.
To read a copy of the Resolution, please click here.
“Infertility affects millions of American families,” Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz said. “Bringing a child into the world is truly a blessing, and one that should be a possibility for all who want to start a family. I know from my own infertility experience that in order to help realize that possibility, we must better understand infertility and how it affects individuals and families in order to effectively advocate for sensible solutions. This Resolution is a first step, and one where we plant a flag that addresses what infertility is, who it impacts and how, and what we as legislators need to focus on moving forward. It clearly states that Congress needs to work toward developing bipartisan, commonsense policies on the issue, so we can ultimately mitigate the burden on individuals, couples, and families. I’m proud to be a part of that solution.”
“Education and awareness are at the foundation of policy change. The bipartisan Hadassah-backed Resolution introduced today by Representatives Wasserman Schultz and Crenshaw demonstrates a growing recognition that millions of Americans need our voices of support and the leadership of their elected officials to find solutions which address major challenges from diagnoses to treatment,” said Hadassah National President Rhoda Smolow. “Infertility is a priority issue area in Hadassah’s advocacy agenda because it impacts Jewish communities at a higher rate than the general public, and the expertise derived from doctors at Hadassah’s hospitals in Jerusalem puts our members in a unique position to advocate for this Resolution – and we are proud to do so.”
To read Hadassah’s July 2019 Policy Statement, Infertility, please click here.
To learn more about Hadassah’s reConceiving Infertility initiative, please click here.