Still Striving for Equality

by Davina Fankhauser
President - Fertility Within Reach

I Have a Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., changed this country 50 years ago.  We celebrate all that has come to pass since that inspirational moment in time.

Even though our great nation has made tremendous strides to become more humane, Fertility Within Reach still witnesses injustice between race and social class.  Our organization works to ensure every individual is able to access health care benefits needed to treat the disease of infertility and protect reproductive health.

Fortunately, the problems we see have evolved from man hating man.  However, every day we witness the battle between David and Goliath.  We support the individual up against corporations and government as they fight for equality and against discrimination.  Today, most American’s are denied insurance coverage for infertility.  Access to care is limited to many of those who live in a state with mandated infertility benefits or can afford to pay for treatment out of pocket.

Let this historic moment remind us, it is time for equality. Every person, regardless of race, social class, or financial means needs to have access to affordable health care to treat their infertility and overcome their disability (U.S. Supreme Court, Bragdon v. Abbott (524 US 624)).   Now is the time to end the discrimination of companies who pick and choose health benefits to be covered by insurance, yet selectively leave out infertility.

We believe that progress made in areas of racial relations will continue to evolve.  We foresee a day when all Americans will have access to timely and appropriate health care.  We dream of a time when infertility insurance coverage is available universally, leading to more births, and easing health disparities.

We refuse to believe that our great nation will continue, much longer, to deny 1 in 6 couples their unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

In the words of Dr. King, we say, “No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

We have a vision that the public and policy makers will recognize the urgency of brining infertility health care equality to all Americans.  We believe, one day, every individual will be provided the opportunity to heal their body, their life and build their family.

We have great hope, on this 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, of what is to come.  We celebrate the opportunity to team up with you and make change possible.  There will be change.  The change we seek begins with us; our voices and our actions.

Visit www.fertilitywithinreach.org to learn more.

MLK speaking                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Davina Fankhauser

President - Fertility Within Reach

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