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Petitioning U.S. Governors, United States Department of Health and Human Services

Abolish Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time is a practice that was created over 100 years ago to increase the amount of workable hours during summer months.  By artificially "extending" day into the evening, the amount of literal daylight one had to work was increased exponentially. Today, this practice is absolutely foolish, as agricultural workers are the vast minority among all working Americans,  totaling 1~2% in most states,  less so in others. There are several medical complications that have been attributed to the practice of Daylight Saving Time such as increase in heart attacks.  The impacts of DST are likely related to our body's internal circadian rhythm, the still-slightly-mysterious molecular cycles that regulate when we feel awake and when we feel sleepy, as well as our hunger and hormone production schedules. Light dictates how much melatonin our bodies produce. When it's bright out, we make less. When it's dark, our body ramps up synthesis of this sleep-inducing substance. Just like how jet-lag makes you feel all out of whack, daylight saving time is similar to scooting one time zone over for a few months. The problems with DST are the worst in the spring, when we've all just lost one hour of sleep. The sun rises later, making it more difficult to wake in the morning. This is because we reset our natural clocks using the light. When out of nowhere (at least to our bodies) these cues change, it causes major confusion. Like anytime you lose sleep, springing forward causes decreases in performance, concentration, and memory common to sleep-deprived individuals, as well as fatigue and daytime sleepiness. Night owls are more bothered by the time changes than morning people. For some, it can take up to three weeks to recover from the sleep schedule changes, according to a 2009 study in the journal Sleep Medicine. For others, it may only take a day to adjust to this new schedule. All in all, we should allow our bodies to adapt to time changes just as they always have.  With the initial point of DST having become entirely unnecessary in the states which it is now still in effect, it is the most logical path to make it non-standard throughout America. 

Jaden Silvernagel
189,370 supporters
Petitioning Ted Cruz, John Cornyn, U​.​S. Senate, Janet Woodcock, M​.​D., Malvina Eydelman, Todd Courtney, U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Governors, Gavin Newsom, Greg Abbott, Florida Governor

Fight the FDA-Keep the Owlet Smart Sock on the market. Use your voice!

The Owlet Smart Sock is a monitoring device for babies so that parents can track their heart rate and oxygen saturation while they sleep. Millions of babies die suddenly due to illness and disease, while all of those deaths cannot be prevented, this device is a way to keep an eye on your babies vitals during those early newborn days when they’re so fragile. Keeping this product on the market would ensure peace of mind for millions of parents and quite literally save lives by alerting parents to an issue before it’s too late. The FDA has come after the Owlet company and forced them to stop sales of the Smart Sock in the United States. I am one mom who’s life has been greatly impacted by this product. When my one year old was a newborn I fell asleep on my side nursing her one night as countless other mothers have. Thankfully she was wearing her Smart Sock. It went off alerting me to a problem and when I woke up she was pressed up against my side and under my breast. I can’t say for sure what would have happened had the monitor not gone off but I’m thankful it did. This is a product that has given peace of mind to millions of parents. There are other products and substances on the market the FDA could be targeting rather than a baby monitor that’s sole job is to provide peace of mind and help us keep an eye on our little ones. There are also other products on the market with these same capabilities. Please use you voice to help the FDA hear from the parents they’re actually affecting. 

Caitlin Needham
137,397 supporters
Petitioning Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana, Anthem, Kaiser Permanente, medi-cal, Medicaid, U​.​S. Governors, Aetna

Homebirths need to be fully covered by insurance companies during COVID-19 and always!

Dear Insurance companies,   I am a birth rights advocate writing you on behalf of every pregnant and birthing person amongst this COVID-19 pandemic and always! Birthing at home with a midwife is NOT a luxury, it never has been, and it most certainly is not during this pandemic. With “stay at home” orders in place, and pregnant people being described as some of the most vulnerable, it is a necessity for healthy pregnant people to have medical insurance coverage to birth at home with midwives to reduce their exposure to COVID-19, which will soon be taking over hospitals. Hospitals will be running out of space, personnel will be limited and pregnant people will be forced to birth under less than healthy environments.  Hospitals are already limiting support people and also advising pregnant people to undergo unnecessary cesareans due to COVID-19. Not only is this completely unnecessary, it is unhealthy for the birther and baby. Many birthers during this pandemic want to switch from hospital birth to homebirth, as to minimize their exposure and maximize their health. But health insurance companies are not fully covering homebirths with midwives and it’s leaving parents and babies in predicaments they do not need to be in. Parents should not be forced to birth in a hospital where sick people congregate. Pregnancy is not an illness. It’s a normal function. You have the capability to cover homebirth midwives during this pandemic which means healthier parents, healthier babies, YOU save money, you keep hospitals helping people who really need the help, and you lessen the exposure of COVID-19 to parents and babies. Homebirths with a low-risk parent and baby are SAFE and reasonable, especially considering our circumstances. I have had a homebirth myself and can say that the care I received was impeccable and far cheaper than a hospital birth. I run a very large social media outlet with over 1 million people who are either pregnant, nursing, birth workers, parents, or learning about birth and options. PEOPLE WANT THE OPTION TO BIRTH AT HOME WITH INSURANCE COVERING THEIR MIDWIVES. Hospitals are now removing all support people from labor and delivery, forcing people to birth alone in hospitals, even without their partners.  If prisons are letting out non-violent offenders to minimize the spread of this virus, why are you not doing your part as well? If there was ever a time to insure homebirths, IT IS NOW!  

Flor Cruz
35,706 supporters
Petitioning Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U​.​S. Governors, State Boards of Education

Universal Masking in K-12 Schools : National Call To Action

We call upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governors, and state and local boards of education to safeguard our children from COVID-19 as they return to in-person school this fall. It is imperative to require universal masking in schools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  We agree with the recent guidance from both the AAP and CDC, that in-person learning is superior for the academic and social development of children, yet the benefits of in-person learning are only as good as our ability to keep schools open. Universal masking must be required until the majority of students, staff, and teachers are vaccinated and local metrics determine when certain risk mitigation strategies are no longer needed. Additionally, we are concerned that in many states, the responsibility for interpreting and implementing the CDC’s masking guidance now rests with local school districts, who may feel pressured to prematurely abandon mitigation measures. Individual school districts also may lack the resources to enforce these measures, placing children, families, and communities at risk. The safe and successful use of masks allowed millions of children to safely return to in-person learning during the last academic year. As the Delta variant spreads and cases increase in all 50 states, masks remain integral to the layered approach to COVID-19 prevention. Additionally, there have been multiple outbreaks in summer camps where masks and vaccines were not required.  We need uniform guidance before schools can consider removing protective measures for the start of school this fall. Policies must take into account crucial metrics such as local vaccine rates and rises in case counts, hospitalizations, and contagious variants.  Until K-12 schools meet a high enough threshold of vaccination for both students and staff, we must continue the layered approach that has been shown to keep school transmission rates low. Otherwise school outbreaks of COVID-19 are inevitable, leading to illness and subsequent disruptions to learning. We, the undersigned, implore the educational stakeholders to require universal masking in K-12 schools.   This letter is authored and endorsed by following healthcare organizations, healthcare professionals, and community leaders in addition to those in support of this petition. On Behalf of the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT):Shikha Jain MD FACP, Eve Bloomgarden MD, Sheetal Khedkar Rao MD, Laura Zimmermann MD MS FACP, Amisha Wallia MD MS, Ali Khan MD MPP FACP, Halleh Akbarnia MD FACEP, Alyson Smith PA Pediatric Critical Care, Vineet Arora MD MAPP  Megan Ranney MD MPH - Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown University Hala Sabry DO, MBA - Founder Physician Moms Group Carmen Campbell, MD Raquelle Akavan, PA-C - President & Founder PA Moms Judith Guzman-Cottrill, DO - Professor,  Pediatric Infectious Diseases Hina Talib, MD - Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Specialist, Teen Health Advocate  Women in Medicine Summit On Behalf of Science Whiz Liz: Elisabeth Marnik PhD On Behalf of Your Friendly Neighborhood Epidemiologist: Rebecca J Heick PhD On Behalf of Your Local Epidemiologist: Katelyn K. Jetelina, PhD MPH  On Behalf of SciMoms: Alison Bernstein, PhD On behalf of Unambiguous Science: Sabina Vohra-Miller, MSc On behalf of The Relentless School Nurse: Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN On Behalf of Transplant Families: Melissa McQueen, Jennifer Lau On Behalf of PA Clinical Discussion: Mike Sacks DMSc, PA-C On Behalf of Illinois Unidos: Co Chairs: Xavier Nogueras and Cesar Rolón Registered Nurses On Behalf of One Vaxxed Nurse On Behalf of Unbiased Science Podcast: Andrea Love, PhD On Behalf of Liver Mommas & Families: Jasmine Hollingsworth, ​Founder, CEO

IMPACT4HC
34,498 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, Congress, U​.​S. House of Representatives, U​.​S. Department of State, U​.​S. Governors, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, United Nations, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Stricter punishments for those who sexually exploit minors or help exploit in any way.

Sexual abuse and trafficking against a minor is absolutely one of the most heinous crimes someone could commit. Sexual child abuse is a type of maltreatment, violation, and exploitation that refers to the involvement of the child in sexual activity to provide sexual gratification or financial benefit to the perpetrator. It includes contact for sexual purposes, molestation, statutory rape, prostitution, pornography, exposure, incest, or other sexually exploitative activities. What happens to kids during childhood shapes who they become as adults. Children living through abuse and violence, unnecessarily suffer the ill effects of this trauma for the rest of their lives.  Sadly being sexually abused is a reality for far too many children in the USA. In FY16 alone, Child Protective Services agencies substantiated, or found strong evidence to indicate that, 57,329 children were victims of sexual abuse. Really take a moment and think about that number. "Convicted pedophile serving 1,000-year sentence gets parole" A man who had collected over 26,000 files of child pornography released on bail. “The evidence demonstrated that Mallory knowingly and intentionally sought out, gathered, downloaded and saved these images and videos of children being raped, tortured and sexually exploited,” said District Attorney Herb Cranford in a press release. This is just ONE of many of stories like this, someone committed a disgusting crime and gets to rest comfortably in their home until trail. Possibly hurting more victims in the process. We need to protect the next generation! We need to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.  We need to stop and destroy the culture that is trying to normalize Pedophilia(which IS sexual abuse and assault)  We need to fight back against those who partake in and aid Human Trafficking. Physically AND digitally. People who commit these crimes should not get a slap on the wrist but should be tried to the harshest degree of the law. Everyone please take time out of your day and read 18 U.S. Code CHAPTER 110—SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND OTHER ABUSE OF CHILDREN The link will be below under sources. We need more strict laws to ensure these people are not walking our streets and hurting our children.  I am one that has always believed in giving someone a second chance, but when it comes to the little children of our families and our nation, I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Please sign.   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   SOURCES for statistics as well as information shared. https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens https://americanspcc.org/child-sexual-abuse/ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/part-I/chapter-110 https://nypost.com/2020/07/03/convicted-pedophile-serving-1000-year-sentence-gets-parole/

Ricardo Bakker
34,437 supporters
Petitioning U​.​S. Senate, U​.​S. Governors, Donald J. Trump, U​.​S. House of Representatives, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stand with Dr. Anthony Fauci

Dear Sir or Madam, We physician parents—and members of the Physician Moms Group—are writing urgently to support Dr. Anthony Fauci. We, along with all healthcare workers, have been working tirelessly in our roles during this unprecedented pandemic. Dr. Fauci, who is an internationally renowned Infectious Disease expert, has been a steady voice to the American public, guiding us through this most difficult and uncharted time. We are writing and asking the American public and our elected leaders to show full support for Dr. Fauci’s relentless efforts to communicate scientific and medical facts to keep us safe while we maneuver to our new normal. It is now more imperative than ever to stand strong in support of medical leaders and science, on behalf of our communities and country. We need to continue to reinforce proven preventative measures that keep us safe and to re-flatten the curve during this escalating COVID-19 crisis. We support universal masking, hand hygiene, widespread testing, contact tracing and continued physical distancing until a cure and/or a vaccine is found and implemented successfully. In summary, we wholeheartedly support Dr. Fauci and his steadfast resolution to speak on our behalf, despite those voices that say otherwise. We wish him and leaders across our cities, our states, and our nation continued strength during this time. Below are signatures of concerned citizens, parents, and physicians who are calling for continued support for and cooperation by lawmakers with scientists and medical leaders. We are in the fight of our lives for every American life, our American way of life, and our America. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! Authors: Susan B Geiger, MD, FAAEM - Emergency Medicine Sonal Saraswat Gupta, MD, FACP- Internal Medicine Jennifer D Martin, MD, FAAD - Dermatology Thanh Nguyen, MD - General Surgery Hala Sabry, DO - Emergency Medicine Jade Le, MD - Infectious Disease Lori Bryant, MD - Pediatrics Terry Krause, MD - Family Medicine Theresa Hegge, MD - Plastic Surgery Therese Susan, MD - Psychiatry Regina Troxell, MD - Child Neurology

Hala Sabry-Elnaggar
26,832 supporters