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March 01, 2024

NEW CAMPAIGN: Urge Congress to Protect Funding for NIH and Reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program

Congress has once again averted a government shutdown and extended the deadline for the appropriations process for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 to March 22. Funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including grant support, and the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) are in serious jeopardy. Some in Congress want to see deep spending cuts (up to $3.8 billion) for NIH, and without action from Congress, SDP will be discontinued.

Endocrine Society members will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 5 to advocate for Congress to complete the FY 2024 appropriations process and protect NIH funding; reauthorize the SDP; and to provide a funding increase for NIH in FY 2025. Help amplify our messages by joining our online advocacy campaign today. It is critical that Congress hear from researchers before March 22.

Society Endorses Legislation Protecting Access to Safe and Effective IVF Treatment

This week, the Endocrine Society, as a leading voice in protecting access to reproductive health care, endorsed The Access to Family Building Act (S.3612/H.R.7056), introduced by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Representative Susan Wild (D-PA). This legislation would ensure people can access safe and effective in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies to start or grow their families. Alabama’s recent State Supreme Court ruling threatens families’ access to IVF services by determining that frozen embryos created during the IVF process are “children” under state law. The Society will continue to advocate for our members who treat and research infertility and other hormone health conditions. We encourage members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to consider and support legislation to protect access to IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies.

Endocrine Society Shares Research on EDCs, Women’s Health at UNEA 6

During the 6th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA6), the Endocrine Society participated in two events to inform policy makers about the impact of EDCs on women’s health.On February 26 we joined the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) to announce the launch of our latest collaborative report, “Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals:  Threats to Human Health.” The report summarizes the latest scientific information on EDCs and their links to disease, including information on regulatory policies that have been updated in recent years to reduce exposures. Two authors of the report, Endocrine Society member Andrea Gore, PhD, and Michelle La Merrill, PhD, participated in a media event during UNEA 6 to share some of the key points raised in the report. The report is intended to inform policymakers and civil society organizations in their work to raise awareness and develop policies to minimize exposures to hazardous chemicals.

Later in the week, Endocrine Society member Marina Fernandez, PhD, presented the latest scientific information about the impacts of EDCs on women’s health during a meeting sponsored by the Women’s Major Group. Recognizing endocrine-disrupting chemicals as major contributors to women’s health issues such as breast and ovarian cancer, Dr. Fernandez highlighted our recommendations on how member states can improve public health by limiting exposure to hazardous chemicals and emphasized the importance of developing a strong global treaty to reduce plastic pollution and exposure to chemicals in plastics. UNEA is the world’s most influential decision-making body on environmental issues, and we are thrilled to collaborate with the Women’s Major Group and IPEN to share our members’ scientific expertise with the assembled delegations.  

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