Advocacy Day is an annual event that takes place in Minnesota, other states across the US and at the federal level. The effort is led by RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association in the United States.
This is an event and opportunity for people to gather at the state capital to advocate for families who are suffering from infertility, have limited to no access to infertility care, and to support equity for all to access the medical care they need when diagnosed with infertility.
When you are in the thick of infertility, you forget that others outside of this world really have no idea what is going on. It is SO important to spend some time sharing our stories with the people who make the decisions for our local communities, states, and our country. If we are not sharing our stories how will they know?
This was my first year attending Advocacy Day and it was an incredible experience! From speaking to all different lawmakers, meeting new people who have been impacted by infertility or know someone who has, to just sharing facts to help express how big of a deal infertility is, it was such a life changing and life giving day for me.
It was so great that I've put together this podcast episode to share my experience with you and encourage you to join us next year. Whether you are in Minnesota, are in another state that has an advocacy day or you join the federal advocacy day (it's virtual so you don't have to travel to Washington D.C. to participate!).
Make sure to check out some of the pictures from our day at the State Capital!
Last but not least, if you want to get involved here are some resources to get you started.
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Michael and I getting ready for the day.
Group photo with Senator Erin Maye Quade who helped introduce the language for insurance coverage for infertility and fertility preservation.