The Hope Award for Advocacy
Given to an individual and/or organization/corporation whose work has raised public awareness, advanced a legislative agenda, or prompted change for the benefit of those diagnosed with infertility.
Eli Reshef, MD
Eli Reshef, MD is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist who is politically active in women’s issues in Oklahoma. He serves as medical director of Bennett Fertility Institute in Oklahoma City and clinical associate professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and on the board of directors of the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Dr. Reshef spoke openly about the dangers of Personhood in 2011 and 2012 and was a key medical voice in the opposition to Personhood bills in the Oklahoma legislature. Dr. Reshef was also instrumental in defeating a bill in 2010 that would have banned compensation to egg donors in Oklahoma.
Atlee Breland, a former infertility patient in Mississippi, founded “Parents Against Personhood” when a Personhood ballot initiative threatened her home state. Since then Ms. Breland has remained a steadfast opponent of Personhood in other states and has activated many other “IVF Moms” to fight Personhood. She was active in Personhood fights in Oklahoma and Alabama and has helped track Personhood in every state it has been introduced.
Ms. Breland lives in the Jackson, Mississippi are with her husband, twin daughters, and son. When she is not busy fighting Personhood and protecting the rights of people with infertility, she is a part-time programmer. She describes herself as “just an ordinary mother, who wants to make sure that every couple facing infertility has the same options that I did.”
Redbook’s Truth About Trying Campaign
In 2011, Redbook Magazine launched the “Truth about Trying” campaign, a public awareness initiative to get women talking about the disease of infertility. The campaign launched in late October with celebrities and everyday women sharing their “truths about trying to conceive.” Redbook delivered the message to their vast readership that “It’s not always easy to get pregnant, and there’s no shame in that.”
The November issue of Redbook featured an article “The Invisible Pain of Infertility” that including information about infertility and stories from RESOLVE constituents and staff. The campaign continued on with a Facebook chat during National Infertility Awareness Week® in April 2012. This ongoing campaign continues to be an important effort that will change the conversation about infertility. You can view the ongoing campaign here.