State legislatures are in session and need to hear from us
Posted by: Barbara Collura at January 13, 2015
Category: Federal and State legislation
RESOLVE’s Message: Family building options should remain available, accessible, and legal for all
It’s a new year, but there are still many of the same battles (and opportunities) happening in state legislatures around the country.
- Personhood is not going away. RESOLVE is beginning to hear some chatter in a few states and we all must remain vigilant and aware of what is going on in our state.
- Surrogacy remains an issue in many states. RESOLVE will continue to work on surrogacy legislation in New York, Maryland and the District of Columbia this year and will be ready to be part of the conversation in other states when bills are introduced. Some of these are pro-family bills that will open access to surrogacy and be better for all parties involved, however, we anticipate anti-family bills that may try and restrict or outlaw surrogacy as well.
We had a relatively quiet year last year in state legislatures but now that many states just completed statewide elections, we anticipate more legislative activity on our issues this year with new legislators and new agendas. Some of this may be good for our issues, but some may be harmful as well.
It’s time for some action.
Right now state and federal legislators are asking their constituents what is important to them – this is the time of year they seek feedback and input from you! We need you to respond and let them know that infertility is important to you and family building options should remain available, accessible, and legal for all. Check out your state and federal legislator’s websites and fill out their online survey or comment tool. Also, sign up to get their emails and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. We are seeing Members of Congress and state legislators going to their constituents right now, at the beginning of the year, and asking them what is important. Now is the time to speak up and make infertility an important issue!
You can also get involved with RESOLVE’s state advocacy efforts. Become a Project PROTECT volunteer.