MHB's primary advocacy goal is to broaden access to affordable parenting options for gay men. Major progress has been made in removing legal barriers for surrogacy in the USA, but financial barriers prevent the majority of prospective parents from taking advantage of these legal achievements.
Leading the advocacy for the passage of this bill were our partners from RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, who worked directly with the bill sponsor to update the state’s 30-year-old mandate to be non-discriminatory and in alignment with medical guidelines.
In order to help remove financial barriers to parenting and eliminate discriminatory practices, MHB has partnered with RESOLVE and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) to find ways to make IVF insurance laws more equitable. HB 3709 is the first bill in the USA to include the LGBTQ-equitable definition of "infertility” that we believe is more fair and inclusive by changing it to refer not just to a “disease" or “condition,” but also a status. In particular, the bill states that infertility can be characterized by "a person's inability to reproduce either as a single individual or with a partner without medical intervention.” This, by definition, will also include same-sex couples.
MHB submitted a letter to the IL legislator in support of this bill, stating that "The anguish and yearning same sex couples and singles feel when they cannot afford the expensive treatments required to counteract their “social infertility” is comparable to that of heterosexual couples who suffer from medical infertility.” We are also proud that our members join to write to their representatives as part of RESOLVE’s campaign to boost public support and awareness for the cause.