Voting is a right we are able to exercise in this country. Participation is critical, although it is not always viewed as such. If everyone questioned, “What difference will my vote make?” then no one would vote.
For those who choose to use your voice, we challenge you to consider each issue carefully prior to making a decision that impacts your life and those in your community. Although politicians are divided into representing groups, the issues important to us do not always fit nicely into a particular party. Multiple factors affect our beliefs, such as finances, religion, personal bias, and others. The same is true for the leaders you vote for to represent your best interests.
We hope you will be an individual who considers all candidates by the quality of their leadership and stance on issues, rather than just their political affiliation. As Election Day approaches, we would like to encourage you to ask the following questions about the leaders you are considering before making your final decision:
- Does your leader have a history of supporting health care, including access to infertility treatment?
- Does your leader believe that infertility treatments add to or reduce insurance premiums?
- Does your leader promote life begins at conception, which could hold devastating consequences for those trying to conceive through infertility treatments?
- Does your leader recognize adoption parents should be awarded benefits?
- How available will this leader be to meet with you and take action to represent your needs?
- How influential is this leader among his or her peers?
If your leaders are up for re-election, you can view their voting history through your state legislative website. The link can be found at http://www.fertilitywithinreach.org/communicating-with-your-legislator/.
Fertility Within Reach hopes the results of this year’s elections will positively impact the infertility community. Now is the time to take action to help ensure success as we attempt to broaden family building benefits.
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