house resolution no.82

Reps. Tsernoglou, Arbit, Brabec, Breen, Brixie, Byrnes, Tyrone Carter, Fitzgerald, Glanville, Haadsma, Hill, Hope, Hoskins, Liberati, McFall, Morse, Pohutsky, Price, Rheingans, Rogers, Stone, Wilson and Witwer offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare April 23-April 29, 2023, as Infertility Awareness Week in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy; and

Whereas, The World Health Organization and American Medical Association define infertility as a disease; and

Whereas, Infertility affects women and men equally and does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status; and

Whereas, The LGBTQ+ community also faces challenges when building their families; and

Whereas, All people facing infertility challenges should have access to all family building options; and

Whereas, Family building options include adoption and medical treatment, such as in vitro fertilization and third-party reproduction; and

Whereas, Cost and lack of insurance coverage are barriers for many to access the family building option they need; and

Whereas, Racial and socioeconomic disparities exist among those accessing fertility care, therefore raising awareness of infertility and the barriers faced by the family building community is the first step to removing these barriers; and

Whereas, Michigan joins the National Infertility Association and dedicated volunteers, health care professionals, and members of the infertility and family building community by participating in this promotion; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare April 2329, 2023, as Infertility Awareness Week in the state of Michigan.