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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [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 ... [Read on...]