Wordless Wednesday: A Personhood Pop Quiz

Personhood Pop Quiz Infographic by The Infertility Voice

I have written a LOT about personhood in the last 48 hours. I'm still in the process of responding to a single comment from my first post Monday night - it's that long of a response. And in case you've missed it, here are the first two posts: The Great Big Lie About Personhood Legislation and The Other Embryos. Today, I'm boiling down the argument against granting personhood status to embryos in a single infographic, whipped up by yours truly. Please pin, tweet and share this graphic - ... Read on »

The Other Embryos

Team Zoll Starting Lineup

You may remember from our IVF project that was MISSION: Team Zoll #3 last year, that we transferred two embryos. They looked like this: Despite rising beta numbers that could have gone either way, only one of those two embryos implanted. And here I am, 23 weeks pregnant with a healthy boy. And about 40 minutes from my house, four additional high-grade embryos are chilling away in frozen storage. Right now we're not in any kind of position to decide what to do with those embryos and ... Read on »

The Great Big Lie About Personhood Legislation (Updated)

Embryos Are Not People

Just when you thought personhood legislation had quietly limped away in 2012, it's come back with a vengeance in 2013. There are two important legislative stories that have emerged over the course of today that I need to get you up to speed on... and then I need to talk about just why they are so tremendously fucked up. North Dakota Senate Passes Personhood Legislation Yup. You read that right. At 1pm today, the North Dakota Senate passed SB 2303. This bill is an attempt to clarify ... Read on »

Act Now to Help The Family Act & The Adoption Tax Credit

I've Called, Have You?

Congress is back in session, after their nice long holiday break. Now is the perfect time to call them up and let them know that hey: infertility matters and the 7.3 million Americans living with infertility could use their legislative help. "But Keiko," I hear you saying, "It's a lame duck session." True. But just because a good chunk of these folks might be on their way out at the end of the year doesn't mean they still don't have a TON of work to do before then. Like, yanno - that whole ... Read on »

CD6: “No woman came up to me.”

Keiko's Blossom Faze

For those playing along at home, Cycle Day 6 ultrasound and blood work updates/results will be posted at the very bottom of this post just as soon as I hear back from my clinic. I grew up watching Blossom. I had my own Blossom hat. In fact, here's proof: (That pic, FYI, is from the Marriage Survival Handbook my bridesmaids and family made for Larry and I for my bridal shower.) So it's no surprise that at 30 years old, I'm still a fan of Mayim Bialik, the actress who portrayed ... Read on »

The Little Fertility Clinic That Could… and Almost Didn’t

Naperville, Illinois

And now, a simple tale of one doctor's attempt to build a fertility clinic, nearly thwarted by politics this week. Naperville, Illinois is a suburb about 45 minutes west of Chicago and is home to just over 140,000 people. The median age of Naperville residents sits right around 34 years old. It's a largely white community, with its next largest population being Asian, only about 13%. Unemployment is a little lower here in Naperville compared to the rest of Illinois. It's a town with ... Read on »

Speak Up & Be Heard: Infertility Advocacy Day 2012

RESOLVE Advocacy Day

  Speak Up & Be Heard is one of my four guiding principles here at The Infertility Voice. It's one of the aspects of my infertility journey that fuels me and keeps me going. And that's why Advocacy Day 2012 is a perfect extension of Speak Up & Be Heard, because it gives infertility patients the opportunity to participate in the larger conversation about their health needs in the most American way possible: By heading to Capitol Hill and telling legislators directly that your ... Read on »

Bracing Myself

The vote on Mississippi Initiative 26 happens tomorrow. I have already written about what this means for infertility patients. But I need to talk about what this means for women. It's not just about outlawing abortion. MS 26 outlaws women in Mississippi from making informed decisions about their own bodies and lives. There are states just waiting for MS 26 to pass to they can introduce personhood legislation of their own. Tomorrow, if MS 26 passes (and it's likely it will), the domino ... Read on »

Mississippi Initiative 26 Threatens Infertility Treatment for All

Folks, it's happening again. Conservative legislators have decided that a) women apparently don't know what's best for their bodies and b) are threatening access to vital healthcare services and procedures for women. Allow me to present to you: Mississippi Ballot Initiative #26 (emphasis mine): "Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Mississippi: SECTION 1. Article III of the constitution of the state of Mississippi is hereby amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION TO READ: Section 33. ... Read on »