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Leave Your Mark! NIAW April 21-27

Leave Your Mark! NIAW April 21-27

Date: April 20, 2024

Author: ASRM


National Infertility Awareness Week Action Round-Up

April 21-27, 2024, is National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)!

This year’s theme is “Leave Your Mark.” It’s important that we advocate year-round for a patient’s right to infertility care and a provider’s right to practice, but following the Alabama Supreme Court’s LePage v. Mobile Clinic, Inc. decision, your voice is especially important this week, and we need you to be loud.

The World Health Organization estimates that roughly 1 in 6 people worldwide are affected by infertility. This does not include the many LGBTQ+ couples and those that choose to parent without a partner who may need assisted reproductive medical treatments to start and grow families. Founded in 1982, NIAW is observed annually to show legislators and the public that infertility is an issue that affects many and deserves their undivided attention. So, what can you do?

Post to socials.

Posting online and tagging your reps goes a long way. Post your thoughts on or experience with infertility using the tags #NIAW2024 and #LeaveYourMark. Find your reps’ pages, follow, and tag them whenever you post about NIAW.



Write to your reps.


The quickest way to get your legislator’s ear is to form a relationship with them, and the easiest way to do this is by writing, calling, and tagging. Keep your eyes peeled for our action alerts in your inbox during NIAW. Click the hyperlink at the bottom of each alert to reroute to Voter Voice, where you can easily access and send pre-written messages about infertility bills to your reps, who the site will locate for you. We do the work, your voice is heard. Feel free to add your own flair to the messaging. If you’d like to locate your reps, click here.



Share your story.


Do you or a patient of yours have a story of overcoming infertility? ASRM wants to hear it, feature it, and share it with legislators. Tell us about your experience here: ASRM Invites You to Share Your Story and Become an Advocate.

Attend Virtual Federal Advocacy Day.


In the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court ruling, we’ve seen just how impactful advocacy can be. Join us May 14, 2024, for a free, all-day interactive event designed to help you connect with your legislators and advocate for your interests across the fertility field. Register here.





Participate in the Proclamation Project.

Submit a request to your state legislators that NIAW be recognized as an official awareness week to increase public awareness of infertility across the country. Click here to participate in the Proclamation Project.


Wear orange!

Don your favorite orange outfit for infertility awareness on April 24, 2024. Share photos to socials and be sure to tell your friends!

For additional ways to #LeaveYourMark, visit RESOLVE’s NIAW 2024 toolkit, and to follow us on social media click here!

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National Infertility Awareness Week 2024: Leave Your Mark

Next week is National Infertility Awareness Week, a federally recognized health observance founded to increase awareness of infertility.

View the Press Release
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We are pleased that the legislation passed into law by the Alabama General Assembly will at least allow our members in the state to care for their patients.

View the Press Release
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IVF at the SOTU: Fertility care expected to be major focus at State of the Union

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View the Press Release
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We are proud of our Alabama members and their patients, who have been such incredible advocates working to motivate their legislators to protect IVF.

View the Press Release
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Senate Budget Hearing is Well Timed Following Alabama IVF Ruling

ASRM statement regarding the Senate Budget Committee’s hearing entitled: No Rights to Speak of: The Economic Harms of Restricting Reproductive Freedom.

View the Press Release
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ASRM Responds to Senate’s Failure to Pass Access to Family Building Act

We are disappointed by the Senate’s failure to meet the moment and pass federal legislation protecting access to in vitro fertilization (IVF).

View the Press Release
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Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists (SRBT) Condemns Recent Court Decision in Alabama

The recent ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that frozen embryos are legally considered people has sparked controversy and concern.

View the Press Release
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