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Help Cancer Patients Have a Baby - Support House Bill 2617

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent who cares deeply about those struggling to build their family in Illinois, I strongly urge you to support legislation requiring insurers to cover fertility preservation for cancer patients facing chemotherapy or other medically necessary treatment that may render them infertile and thereby threaten their ability to have a baby.

The fact is, more and more young people are surviving cancer, but the treatment itself may render them infertile. Providing cancer patients with this family-building option of freezing eggs or sperm is a life-affirming action they can take that allows them a future chance at parenthood. Unfortunately, Illinois' current insurance law does not cover this procedure, and as a result, some patients undertake less effective cancer treatment in order to save their chance to have a baby. Patients should not have to choose between effective medical treatment and a future chance at parenthood. HB 2617 addresses this gap in insurance coverage by giving people with diseases like cancer access to fertility preservation and the hope of becoming parents.

Without passage of this legislation, a woman of child-bearing age undergoing cancer treatment could lose her ability to have a baby forever.

This legislation, sponsored by Representatives Gabel, Andersson, Fine, Cassidy, Andrade and Guzzardi, will provide insurance coverage for fertility preservation for people about to undergo a medical treatment that could cause infertility -- surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.

The legislation has the support of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Alliance for Fertility Preservation.

We urge you to support family building in Illinois by supporting HB 2617 and doing all you can to get fertility preservation passed in 2018!

Sincerely,