Saturday, March 15, 2014

I will be traveling to Washington DC at the beginning of May for Advocacy Day to lobby on Capitol Hill to the State Representatives and Senators for the following Acts:
- The Family Act, S 881/HR 1851. The Family Act creates a tax credit for the out-of-pocket costs associated with infertility medical treatment including in vitro fertilization (IVF), and for fertility preservation treatment for young men and women diagnosed with cancer.
- The Women Veterans and Other Healthcare Improvements Act, S 131/HR 958. This bill would provide increased benefits, specifically including IVF, to veterans who experience a loss of fertility directly related to their service to our country.
- The Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, S 1056/HR 2144. While the Adoption Tax Credit was made permanent, the Credit is not refundable. This bill puts back the refundable provision so that the families who need the credit the most to adopt children receive it.

These things are SO close to my heart. As our friends know, Justin and I have battled infertility for 5 years. We have gone through 5 rounds of IVF (in vitro) and countless other treatments. These things have been financially crippling and emotionally devastating.

This cause means so much to me and your support would mean the world. No matter what state you live in you can help me. I will be taking campaign letters to the representatives and senators to show them that the people living in their territories care about these acts. I have a letter template which makes this SO simple.

If you have not personally experienced infertility you can instead state how you have seen it impact a friend/loved one.


If you are willing to fill in the blanks in this letter for me please comment below and I will send you an email with the file and info.
  1. I too have battled infertility for about five years. It sucks and we were hit hard this year with the adoption tax credit not bein refundable. Let me know how I can help!!

  2. I have cousins who tried to get pregnant for years and they finally tried this and tried the shots and invetro. and finally after 16 yrs they got pregnant 2 years ago and had a set of girl twins. who are such a joy to them.

  3. Lindsey, does it have to be just for those suffering from infertility from cancer and/or being in the military? My husband and I dealt with infertility years ago due to recurrent miscarriages so it was secondary. Lots of money spent. But I do have a friend who went through infertility because of cancer. Let me know how I/we can help. Keenerfamily at gmail dot com. Ps, I'm praying for Justin and you.