Petition Tag - infertility

1. Support IVF4BC

1 in 6 Canadian couples, of childbearing age, struggle to conceive. Infertility affects thousands of women and men across our Country. It is a medical condition that can leave us feeling isolated, confused, heartbroken and helpless.

78% of British Columbians agree that infertility treatments should be publicly funded. Infertility is a serious medical condition that affects both male and female partners.

Although treatments are often successful, it can take numerous cycles to achieve a positive result. These treatments are both physically/emotionally demanding and expensive.

The average cost for in vitro fertilization treatments is between $5800-$8000, not including the additional several thousand dollars for required medication.

Please sign this petition and help advocate for those with this serious medical condition trying to build a family.

2. Petition for Insurance Benefits to include Infertility Treatment

Infertility is NOT an inconvenience; it is a disease of the reproductive system that impairs the body's ability to perform the basic function of reproduction.

Impaired fecundity (the inability have a child) affects at least 6.7 million women in the U.S. -- (Source: National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 2006-2010).

In states with mandated infertility insurance, the rate of multiple births is lower than in states without coverage. (New England Journal of Medicine, “Insurance Coverage and Outcomes of In Vitro Fertilization,” August 2002). Couples with insurance coverage are free to make more appropriate decisions with their physicians based on medical necessity rather than financial considerations which often result in multiple births and a high rate of complications during and post-pregnancy.

The cost of infertility services as a percent of the total health premiums went down after the 1987 Massachusetts mandate. (Study by Griffin and Panak, Fertility & Sterility, 1998).

3. Increase the number of IVF / fertility treatments available on the NHS

Infertility. As if the diagnosis isn't hard enough to handle, you have no idea how you're going to pay for your treatments.

To a young woman, becoming a mom seems normal and, perhaps, inevitable. Yet here you sit, physically unable to get pregnant on your own, and financially unable to do anything about it.

Having a baby is a gift money should not have to buy! And instead can cost anywhere between £3000 and £8000 in the UK and that's an average.

Please help by signing. I know it's hard to imagine what it feels like but please put yourself in the situation many of these couples/single people have worked so hard in life and now cannot achieve the most rewarding natural greatest pleasure and honour in life. Many thanks.

4. Stop New Cell Towers in Guelph, Ontario

In a residential neighbourhood in the northeast end of Guelph, Ontario, the proposed Bell Cell Tower at the intersection of Grange and Starwood, and the Rogers wireless pole extension on Auden Road should not be approved.

Cell towers do not belong in residential neighbourhoods – and certainly not close to schools. The proposed Bell Cell Tower would directly overshadow two adjacent schools.

Canadians are currently being exposed to levels of radio and microwave frequency that have never been experienced in human history – or ever tested for their long term effects.

In May 2011, the World Health Organization classified electromagnetic radiation as a Class 2B possible human carcinogen. The microwaves that are emitted from these towers are being linked to leukemia, infertility, cancer, Alzheimer's, autism and various other insidious health issues. The standards that have been set by Health Canada – Safety Code 6 – fall at least 100 times higher (meaning 100 times more exposure) than those set by most European countries. We're led to think that this new technology is safe and that we're well-protected – but we're not. At present, Safety Code 6 is based ONLY on thermal heating effects, and not on biological (cellular) effects. It doesn't take into account the effects of electromagnetic radiation on brain waves, or on neurological or endocrine systems.

We're playing with fire when we should be erring on the side of caution. Red flags are waved by The Bioinitiative Report (www.bioinitiative.org), the most comprehensive and daunting compilation of research on cell tower emissions done by an independent international body of scientists and researchers; Magda Havas PhD (www.magdahavas.com), Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University; Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD PhD (www.klinghardtacademy.com); Citizens for Safe Technology (www.c4st.org), and numerous other respected researchers and organizations.

Note: Developments on this situation are being posted at https://www.facebook.com/StopTheGuelphCellTowers, and also at www.c4st.org (click "News" then "Cell Tower Situations" and scroll to Guelph).

5. Support to get Insurance Companies to cover Infertility Treatments

I'm not sure what some of you in congress are thinking. I have been struggling with infertility for almost 10 yrs now, and because my insurance doesn't cover infertility treatment, or even birth control for medical purposes, I have been able to do the one thing in life that I have always dreamed of.

It's a shame that it will cover Viagra, and pre-natal care and other things and I have to pay for that, but I will not be able to use it due to the fact I don't have thousands of dollars to cover it out of pocket. Some truly needs to be done, about this bias coverage.

6. Protect Family Building Rights in Arizona

On behalf of the more than 100,000 women and men in Arizona who are contending with infertility, please help us oppose SB 1306 and SB 1307 because they will make infertility treatment less available and less effective. We urge Arizona residents to turn up the volume to let your Representatives know that you oppose these anti-family bills.

SB 1306
Instead of banning egg donation directly, the bill takes a more indirect route. It imposes unprecedented and unnecessary informed consent requirements. The penalties are severe: if a physician does not follow the new rules to the letter, he could wind up losing his license to practice medicine, being convicted of a Class 1 misdemeanor (the most serious class), and face 6 months in prison.

SB 1306 also casts other common medical practices into question: Will physicians be allowed to freeze and thaw eggs for preservation, a common practice? Can physicians screen for genetic defects? Can new specialists and embryologists be trained? The physicians in the infertility practices believe these practices will no longer be legal. Physicians will no longer treat patients who need egg donation as a means to build their families in Arizona, driving these couples out of state to seek treatment.

SB 1307
The second bill, SB 1307, also contains provisions that threaten infertility patients, mainly through vague terms that make it unclear what treatments doctors can safely perform and which ones could land them in jail. Most flagrantly, this bill could forbid embryo cryopreservation (freezing) – which would dramatically alter how reproductive medicine is practiced and would cause harm and hardship to patients.

The bill makes it criminal to harm an embryo in the course of "nontherapeutic research" -- but leaves it very unclear whether ordinary IVF embryology lab techniques could be classified as such illegal research. The penalty for harming an embryo is steep: a minimum of 6 months in prison, and up to 1.5 years. The point of the legislation – to make it undesirable to practice reproductive medicine in Arizona and to drive the doctors and clinics out.

“The medical community working in this field strongly believes that [SB 1307] would prohibit:

• Practices that allow embryologists to screen embryos for genetic disease. Some genetic conditions can actually be removed from an embryo prior to transfer.

• Practices such as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis that select only healthy embryos from genetically challenged couples, avoiding miscarriage and health risks.

• Screening to select only the most viable embryos for transfer allowing doctors to transfer one or two embryos. This reduces the need for multiple embryos that lead to high-order multiples and premature birth."

With a class 6 felony and loss of license to practice, no physician in Arizona would dare take that chance. They would no longer be able to help Arizona couples have families. These unintended consequences will drive businesses out of Arizona, and force couples seeking this treatment to go elsewhere [if they can].

Please sign this petition to let the AZ legislators know you oppose these bills.

7. Legalize Surrogacy

Surrogacy is legal in some states, Washington is not one of them. Homosexual and hetrosexual couples, as well as single men and women who cannot have children of their own (or are unable to carry a pregnancy to term) and live in Washington state have no choice but to adopt.

As many as 15% of United States residents are infertile. To put that in perspective, think of ten couples you know. Up to three of three of those couples will not be able to conceive because one of them is infertile.

8. Help Obtain Infertility Treatment Coverage For British Columbians

A Canadian's 'Prayer' for Infertility Awareness

Everyday, over a half million Canadians are grieving. It's not the same grief you feel when you lose a loved one, it doesn't get better with time. For those dealing with Infertility, grief reverses, time doesn't heal all pain, it increases. Infertility is a disease of the body that becomes an illness of the heart, the mind. It becomes so emotionally crippling that just being with other family members or out in public can become devastating. It is a silent disease; there are no brave voices to stand up for us. Everyday we are faced with ignorance: people unaware they're making hurtful comments and giving meaningless advice, politicians promising help for families and those needing healthcare but leaving those behind who have a hurdle between them and a loving family and being refused public healthcare for treatment of a devastating health condition.

Because our disease is rejected as being something medically necessary, it also becomes a disease of finances for low and middle income 'families' (though that statement should read 'households', since we are denied a family). This is a disease, not an aesthetic problem; it is a tear in the fabric of life! All living things are on this earth for the sole purpose of giving life, passing on genes. All our behaviours are set up to create a family.

Just like wolf without a pack, those who crave family suffer alone, and lost without the love of the many generations a family can provide. In nature, if you don't reproduce, you die. In our world, if you don't reproduce, you'd better have a big pocketbook or you'll suffer a long life of hopelessness.

Our 'prayer' is that society will take notice and reach out a helping hand to treat this disease as a whole. We need funding so that specialists can work with our family physicians to give the best care possible, just like any other condition is treated through our health care system. We need grief counselling to cope through this emotionally taxing process. We need the support of communities, we need education and awareness. I believe everyone has a right to have a family, not just based on financial status or a disease free body. Our 'prayer' is that you will help us.

9. Rights for Donor Conceived People

There are thousands of people in Australia who were conceived using donated gametes (sperm, eggs or embryos). This practice has been going on in Australia for over 6 decades.

Some states of Australia (Victoria & WA) have legislated so that those conceived in recent years have a legal right to know who their donors are and an opportunity to know if they have siblings created from the same donor.
Those born in states that do not have legislation or those born before legislation was enacted have no rights to any information.

This knowledge is essential to the creation of a proper identity and knowing who the donor is may also allow donor conceived people access to a full medical history.

Adopted people in Australia have the right to know who their birth parents are even though in some states birth parents were legally promised anonymity many years ago. Governments decided that this needed to be changed “in the best interests of the child” and so enacted legislation which gave all adoptees the right to know the identity of their birth parents if this information still existed.

The situation is very different for donor conceived people even though donors in Australia have never been guaranteed anonymity by law.

This petition asks that discrimination based on when or where a person was conceived be stopped and that all donor conceived people be given the same rights as adopted people in accessing information about their biological heritage.

10. Create Endometriosis Awareness & Understanding

An estimated 176 MILLION women and girls worldwide have endometriosis!

"This makes endometriosis more common than AIDS and more common than cancer", as per Ohio State University Medical Center. (Source: http://bit.ly/PyjDP).

Yet for years it has remained largely "under-the-radar". The general public has been largely unaware of it - or misunderstands just how very debilitating it can be. When endometriosis IS mentioned in the media, misleading statements may be made (causing confusion for patients and the public).

We have a duty to educate the public about this life-altering illness by spreading factual information... and by recognizing misinformation and taking steps to address that.

Endometriosis can only be diagnosed via a surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.

Endometriosis awareness is vital! It is equally vital that information disseminated about endometriosis be accurate! In spreading myths and misinformation, endometriosis patients are hurt rather than helped.

Unfortunately, there is NO CURE for endometriosis.

The purpose of this petition is endometriosis awareness. ANYONE who wishes to sign it may do so. Whether you are male or female, young or old... if you wish to show support for the 176 million women and girls living with endometriosis, we'd be honored if you'd sign this online petition. If you wish to do so, you may include a comment when you sign. Please spread the word about this petition to others!

* Please note that I do not endorse any organizations. Patients are encouraged to do thorough research before supporting any organization claiming to help women and girls who have endometriosis.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Jeanne

Please see my blog for more information:
Chronic Healing
http://chronichealing.com/

11. IVF coverage in Alberta

If you have children, imagine your life without them....

Imagine you have always wanted children and then are told one day you can't conceive. Then imagine, they say you CAN have a child. Your own, there is a way. BUT..... they only way to make this happen is to PAY. Imagine you don't have that kind of money.

Now what do you do? SUFFER, because our government doesn't care and will not help you. You can always adopt but that costs 20,000 and up and the waiting list is usually 2 yrs or more.

Approximately 13% of Canadian couples experience infertility and are not able to conceive a child.

IVF is a medical procedure that allows fertilization to be done outside of the body. It has been carried out since 1978 to help couples have children. OHIP coverage for IVF will be extended to those Ontario residents with documented evidence of completely blocked fallopian tubes. Such coverage provides for a maximum of three complete IVF treatment cycles in a lifetime, At about $7000 each.

Do you know.. The BC government will PAY FOR YOU TO GET A SEX CHANGE. Thousand of dollars too.... But if you are infertile and want to have a baby and live in ALBERTA you are out of luck, unless you have an extra $10,000 lying around. You have to be an Ontario resident to have this covered by health care. It is absurd that the government will spend millions of dollars on cloning research, but will not actually help people with a MEDICALLY DIAGNOSED problem so they can start a family of their own. We did not plan to become infertile, just like you dont plan to get in a car accident, or fall off a ladder at work but those things are covered.

Please sign the petition and help so many women that are in desperate need of funding to have a chance at experiencing motherhood. What we are here to do naturally.

12. Insurance Coverage for Infertility

Diagnosis and treatment of infertility was a $3 billion dollar business in 2006.

10 states currently mandate insurance companies to include coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

For those that live in the other 40 states, 85% of health insurance plans specifically exclude infertility coverage in their policies.

13. Proper Medical Coverage for Infertility

There is no health care benefit coverage for women who suffer from issues related to infertility. Only testing of infertility is allowed, there is no coverage for treatment of such.