Stop the unconstitutional prosecution of religious midwives! Religious Freedom applies to childbirth choices!
  • Petitioned Sharon Levine, President

This petition was delivered to:

The California Medical Board
Sharon Levine, President
Senior Investigator, Office of Safe Medicine, California Medical Board
Majida Ibrahim
The Governor of California
Gov. Jerry Brown
Kern County District Attorney
Lisa Green

Stop the unconstitutional prosecution of religious midwives! Religious Freedom applies to childbirth choices!

    1. Daja Gombojav
    2. Petition by

      Daja Gombojav

      Paso Robles, CA

The free exercise of religion is a constitutionally protected right. That right, however, is being infringed upon when a woman is not permitted to choose how, where and with whom she gives birth. There are many who view childbirth as not only non-medical, but religious and spiritual in nature. This understanding of birth as primarily religious in nature can be found to span many, if not most religious thought and dogmas. However, it is not incumbent on the individual to prove the validity of their religious conviction, but rather on the government to show a compelling interest in interfering with an individual's free exercise of religion. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM APPLIES TO CHILDBIRTH CHOICES!

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    1. Update on Brenda Capps

      Daja Gombojav
      Petition Organizer

      The Kern County DA made an offer to Brenda's attorney today. It was unacceptable! They want her to take a plea, agreeing to probation, 200 hours community service, $1000 fine, and $20K reimbursement to the California Medical Board for their investigation (reportedly calculated at $40K).

      It's a ridiculous offer. The Medical Board, who busted into Brenda's home and arrested her at gunpoint, took money, computer, and things completely unrelated to midwifery from her home. Some has never been returned. In addition the California Medical Board lied saying they had repeatedly warned Brenda not to practice. This never took place. In Brenda's 22 years of serving birthing women she has never had a complaint against her and never been warned to stop practicing.

      Please keep sharing this petition with others! We need to continue the fight for BIRTH FREEDOM! Those who choose Religious Midwives deserve the right to practice their faith on their own terms, even as it applies to birth!

    2. We're over 500 strong!

      Daja Gombojav
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing the petition and for standing with midwives and Mamas everywhere! If you haven't shared the petition with your friends yet, would you mind sending the link to your email list or posting to your FB page? There are enough of us out there who value our freedom that we can really let our voice be heard!!! SHARE! And THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

      Daja

      In honor of it being Passover, here's a quote from Sarah Zadok: "A midwife’s role, among other things, is to encourage a birthing mother to "let go" and allow herself to become a conduit for this great Force to flow through. Trust in the natural process of labor and in a woman’s body to birth normally and safely is the hallmark of midwifery care. Every culture and religion has their own words and metaphors to describe their reverence and awe of this process. But for Jewish midwives, this reverence stems from an understanding that birth is G‑dly in nature. Their faith in birth is inexorably bound with their faith in G-d"

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      Every day we hear about the dangers of cancer, heart disease and AIDS. But how many of us realize that, in much of the world, the act of giving life to a child is still the biggest killer of women of child-bearing age?

      -- Liya Kebede

      * The message of our campaign is "Make every mother and child count". This campaign is not just about health. It is also a powerful call for radical progress in women's rights and the rights of their children. Too often, the health of mothers and children does not count. In too many parts of the world, they are forgotten.

      -- Liya Kebede

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    • Val Monterrey ERIE, PA
      • 9 months ago

      I have the right and every woman has the right and responsibility to her family and community to be educated and to educate others on the safety of birthing according to her convictions, with whom and where every she believes is safe.

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    • Lori Cooley MARION, IL
      • 10 months ago

      It's a RIGHT; it's safer for Mom & baby; it's more comfortable, more peaceful, and on & on...

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    • Craig Arnold VISALIA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Brenda did NOTHING wrong and people need to leave her alone and let her do what God has called her to do.

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    • medina giese STOCKTON, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      she is a wonderful lady and loves every baby that she has helped to bring into the world moms to be should have a choice it should be left upto the parent not medical.

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