by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Orginally published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 19, Number 4
There is no question we are in, to put it mildly, a unique moment in
America’s political history. This week ASRM and RESOLVE got together to
compare notes, share intel, and discuss our ideas for approaches each
organization might take on some pressing policy issues. What we noticed
is that things “out there” felt different. ASRM and RESOLVE have
witnessed many more people reaching out and wanting to know how they can
make a difference.
Of course, we’re concerned about the recent
policy developments triggering this passion, but there is also a part of
us that is thrilled by the sound of activism we are hearing from
physicians and those that struggle to build their family.
can have the impact on policy in reproductive medicine more than a
skilled hard working group of patients and professionals. You have the
power to attest firsthand how policy proposals and legislation will
impact you, your health, your quest to have a child, or your ability to
help others in those quests.
Being fired up is good. Being fired up, smart, and effective is even better.
We are here to help you with the latter.
of all, both organizations are hosting events all over the country
where you will have the opportunity to interact with your state and/or
federal lawmakers. Two of the most important events are happening in
Washington, D.C., where you are invited to come, learn how to advocate
and spend time sharing your views directly with policy makers. ASRM’s Advocacy Academy is March 8-10 and RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day is May 17-18.
We urge you to come to one or the other, or as we will, both!
is also hosting two important state Advocacy Days, one February 7th in St. Paul, MN and the other April 25th in Albany, NY.
RESOLVE will invite state and federal lawmakers to their Walk of Hope
events happening in 9 cities this year. You deserve the chance to
interact with your elected officials, and both ASRM and RESOLVE are
happy to provide that to you.
Information is key and raising
our voices together with a consistent message is powerful. We will
continue to work together to keep you informed with facts, figures, and
ways to share your story in a meaningful way. Make sure you keep in
touch with us on our websites, sign up for our emails, and act when we
Now, let’s get back to the rest of that “smart and effective” part.
most other things in life, advocacy is a “you get back what you put
into it” sort of activity. Sure, it’s not a bad thing to Like a post on
social media, but it’s not enough to turn the vote of a Member of
Congress. It helps to send a quick message to congressional offices in
the ways we were just talking about. But if you are really feeling the
passion, and really want to have an impact, you have to step up your
game. We can help you with that.
Go right now and find all the
contact information for your elected representatives, state and federal.
Write down their phone numbers and email addresses, sign up for their
newsletters, and follow their social media accounts. Now that you have
that info, use it. Communicate with them. Let them know if you are for
or against specific bills. Go to town hall meetings or other public
events and ask them where they stand on these issues. For Members of
Congress, call their office in your town and to set up an appointment
with the staff there. Invite them, the elected official, and their
staff, to your place. Let them see the work you do, let them attend a
patient event you put on or support group you host. There is no better
way to educate folks than to spend time with them and let them see the
issues face to face.
It’s tempting to respond to every twist and turn
in the policy process, trust us. But that’s where you can be assured
that your support of ASRM and/or RESOLVE is a good investment. We will
help you sort out what needs to be acted on; we just ask that you act
when we need you.
And while we would not speak for our
mental health professional colleagues, we will suggest that taking
occasional breaks from Facebook, Twitter and your favorite fake news
outlet is probably a good idea!
Register NOW for ASRM's Advocacy Academy! March 8-10, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington,
D.C. Discounted room rate ends on Feb. 8. We look forward to having you
be a part of this important advocacy opportunity!
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