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Historic Victory for Fertility Preservation: HB 1649 Passes in Texas!

Advocacy Efforts, Testimony, and Unwavering Dedication Lead to Triumph

TEXAS, May 28, 2023 - Excitement and jubilation fill the air at the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) as we proudly announce a monumental achievement in the fight against breast cancer. After tireless advocacy efforts and unwavering dedication, the Fertility Preservation Bill, also known as HB 1649, has successfully passed in the Texas legislature. This incredible milestone is a testament to the passion and commitment of the ABCF advocates and board, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of those affected by breast cancer were heard.

Years of Advocacy

The journey towards this victory began several years ago when the ABCF advocates and board recognized the need for legislation to protect the fertility of individuals facing breast cancer. They were determined to create a positive change that would provide hope and options for those battling this devastating disease. Texas Senator Menendez became a crucial ally in this mission, introducing the Fertility Preservation legislation not just once, but twice during previous Texas Legislative Sessions.

Trips to the Capitol and Testimony

Throughout this process, ABCF advocates made countless trips to the Texas Capitol, armed with knowledge, personal stories, and an unwavering determination. They passionately voiced their concerns and presented compelling arguments to the legislators, shedding light on the importance of fertility preservation for breast cancer patients. Minnie and Lauri, two remarkable individuals impacted by breast cancer, gave heartfelt testimonies, both written and oral, highlighting their personal struggles and the profound impact this legislation would have on their lives and the lives of countless others.

The Unwavering Resolve

Despite the challenges and setbacks faced along the way, the advocates and board of ABCF remained resolute. Their conviction and dedication never wavered, fueled by the knowledge that this bill had the power to bring about transformative change in the lives of breast cancer survivors. They rallied together, united in their mission to secure a better future for those affected by breast cancer.

The Triumph

HB 1649 Passes! Today, we rejoice as the culmination of years of hard work and unwavering dedication has led to a historic victory. HB 1649, an identical bill to the one introduced by Senator Menendez, has been passed by the Texas legislature. This landmark achievement will ensure that fertility preservation options are available to breast cancer patients in Texas, providing them with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of starting or expanding their families after treatment.

The Governor's Desk Awaits

With the bill now successfully passed, it sits on the desk of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, awaiting his signature to become law. The anticipation is palpable, and we are confident that Governor [Governor's Name] recognizes the significance of this legislation. We implore him to sign HB 1649 into law and pave the way for a brighter future for breast cancer survivors in Texas.

The passage of HB 1649 in Texas marks an incredible triumph in the battle against breast cancer and a significant step forward for fertility preservation. The Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, along with its dedicated advocates and board, is overjoyed by this momentous achievement. We extend our deepest gratitude to Senator Menendez for his unwavering support, as well as to all the legislators who recognized the importance of this bill and voted in its favor.

Let us rally together and eagerly await Governor Abbott's decision to sign HB 1649 into law. Together, we have made a difference and provided hope to countless individuals facing breast cancer. This victory is not just a win for ABCF but a win for the entire breast cancer community. The future is brighter, and we will continue to work tirelessly in our mission to eradicate breast cancer and support those affected by it.


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