The best in our gene pool needs coverage.
I have a friend that was in her late 30 and wanted a baby by herself. Her insurance company would pay for IUI...if she was married.
This is a woman who comes from a big, beautiful, loving family. She has a successful career and bought her own house. She traveled the world, lived in a few different cities, and would make an amazing mother.
I think that no matter if you are single or married, fertility treatments should be covered by insurance.
We’re eliminating some of the best of the best in our gene pool by not helping people afford fertility treatments.
These people actually want a baby. There’s no, “Opps! I got knocked up!” with fertility treatments. And you're not going to put yourself through all of the BS unless you REALLY want a baby. Trust me. I have met women who have chosen to live child-free after hearing about IVF. They were like, "Nope, I’m good!" Of course they didn’t have access to my course, Patient-to-Patient Guide to IVF, or my Best Fertility Friend support system, but still. it is a reasonable response if you were unsure if you wanted a child or not.
Also, the typical person going through fertility treatments might be a little bit better than those that do not. Yes, I am a bit of a fertilitite-ist. And here is why.
Note: I am going to explain it using a single woman, for ease of use, but this can apply to gay couples and interfile couples.
- She is typically successful with a career that she spent her 20s and most of 30s building.
- She waited to try for a baby after fully experiencing her 20s, a decade that should be called, "No permanent decisions allowed".
- Then, she started building an amazing life in her 30s, a decade that should be called, "So this is what it is like to not have debt.”
- This woman knows that her best life, due to her hard work, really begins in her 40s.
This is the woman being punished through a lack of coverage? The really smart one that lived some real life on her own, learned loads of lessons, worked hard to support herself, and will ultimately make a great role model for the child she desperately wants?
I say FU! Fertilitites Unite that is.
The good news is that there is a foundation already dedicated to getting fertility coverage and support to all called, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Established in 1974, it is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. (source, RESOLVE.org)
They also have a list of the states that have laws requiring insurance coverage for infertility treatment and a link to "contact your local representative" and ask them to introduce legislation to require infertility coverage.
So, check out the site, Resolve.org, and join the discussion, via social media, about insurance needed for all.
Last, I like to give an "FU Shout Out" to any fertilitite how needs a bit of support because of insensitive comments, the IVF system, or an obstacle in their journey. If you would like for me to give you an "FU Shout Out" on social media, please share your story with me at TashaBlasi.com and click on "Contact" section. I will keep you anonymous.