If you have done IVF, are going to do IVF, or feel that IVF should be a tool that people should have access to to build their families with, then you should be against a Personhood Bill whether you are for or against abortion. Hell, if you enjoy or enjoyed an IUD or think others should be able to have an IUD, you should be against a Personhood Bill. You want to freeze those embryos and do PGD testing? Against.You don’t want to make miscarriages more emotionally difficult. Against. You know that it is none of your damn business how someone goes about building their family or birth control preferences but know that they need support. Against.
Did you know that a Personhood Bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives? You may have missed it because, holy shit balls, there is too much going on! Plus some of us can only stomach the news in small doses these days.
Get on it and write your representatives. Get angry. Get angrier. Then go meditate. Stress is not good for those undergoing fertility treatments.
Resolve’s canned letter you can send to your Rep.(well, you fill out some info. and they send it to your rep for you!): https://secure2.convio.net/res/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=656
Another thing we can all start doing is talking more about our infertility and the IVF journey. Not just amongst ourselves. I know it is uncomfortable, but we have to speak up for our rights. There is nothing shameful about infertility. There is nothing indecent about IVF. Let us educate our friends and families so they can help advocate for us. So they can educate their friends and their families.
Some more food for thought. Yesterday a friend that works for a midwife posted this on my FB comment on this topic.
“Personhood bills are awful on so many fronts! In addition to what they do to abortion rights and with regards to IVF, they have also been invoked in states that have those sorts of laws on the books to allow OCS to take the newborns away from women who make decisions regarding their deliveries that are different than what doctors want for them. We learned at an AABC conference about a case in Texas where a laboring woman wouldn’t sign an “informed consent” form for a C-section immediately upon arrival to the hospital, and the hospital got the authorities to take away her custody after the birth (based partly also on finding a history of depression noted in her records and trumping that up). They have also been used against women planning homebirth if a particular doctor thinks they shouldn’t. So basically, taking rights away from women in ANY and ALL potential reproductive situations from trying to get pregnant all the way to how they deliver. It’s sickening. It makes me blind-rage-stabby.”
Second, take the time to read this post from a very brave woman that has struggled with infertility and had to have medically necessary abortion to save her life. Let’s not make this difficult time even more difficult for women.