201 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Mayor Lovely Warren, University of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center, Andrew M. Cuomo, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Loretta Scott


Cori Smith is a transman w| Endometriosis who just wanted to have his own kids. From a young age doctors practicing under University of Rochester Medical Center told him his cure is a hysterectomy. This was immediately after denying him surgical care because they believed he did not have Endometriosis. Fast Foward to his adulthood, Cori Smith was able to save 14 viable eggs. However, Endometriosis complicated his egg retrieval process, which should have been handled appropriately. Cori suffered from extreme pain even for Endometriosis patients directly after his egg retrieval.  When arriving at the emergency room, Cori suffered discrimination immediately. Although his license said male, they referred to him as IT & SHE. They denied him pain medication and his diagnosis : OVARIAN TORSION, next step was organ failure. Cori has an emergency OBGYN by the name of Chinedu Nwabuobi who is now completing his fellowship in another state: FLORIDA. This event happened in Rochester, NY. This surgeon told Cori that where he is from [we] kill people like you, among other horrendous transphobic remarks. Among the awful nightmare of constantly screaming at the top of his lungs on an occupied nursing wing at affiliate: HIGHLAND Hospital (UR MEDICINE), Dr. Chinedu Nwabuobi invited approx a dozen nursing and tech staff to watch as the surgeon told Cori, we will not do any emergency surgery unless we do a transvaginal ultra sound. With the amount of pain Cori was in and prior to this episode, Endometriosis pried Cori’s pleasure of being touch near his genitals. Cori and the witness at his bedside table begged him not to shove an eight inch probe into him when he is already in a huge amount of pain.  These surgeons refused to listen and pried his legs open from the fetal position, into the stirrups and shoved the probe inside. Since - this has cause Cori a slew of pain and left him confined to his downstairs first floor couch to live for months after with the help of a nursing aide to help with very personal matters: using the bathroom being one of them. He contracted ecoli, most likely due to the fact of Cori waking up from his first surgery (which they turned into 3) - with no bandages on his wounds.    This has happened and since Cori has tried to take this publicly, URMC used all efforts to shut him out of Rochester media and publications. They have issued an apology after #CorisStory was reported on in the Empty Closet, Rochester’s oldest LGBT magazine. Since then, the Empty Closet has removed the original article and replaced it with a less dignified version and image of the story. We are disappointing in the work and the shutdown and the silence into #CorisStory.  This is the purpose of this petition: to hold the CITY OF ROCHESTER OFFICIALS & UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TRAUMA AND DISABILITY centering around Cori’s daily life which is full of the pain and anguish Cori’s body has to bear every single day. Cori cannot use the bathroom normally, his pelvic floor is almost non-existent, he has to received hundreds of shots a year to numb what this hospital is responsible for. Insurance companies have denied Cori’s coverage due to their claim that Cori should not be receiving the treatment being approved for his pain management.  Cori deserves justice. Do you stand by him? Share any story of yours in which hospitals have taken advantage of the marginalized and hashtag #CorisStory

Deon Young
1,074 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Pradeep Kadambi, John Davis, Leon L Haley Jr

Keep the UF Birth Center Open

Keep the UF Birth Center open!  This beacon in our birth community is being closed as of July 31, 2019. This decision was made by administrators at UF, not by the midwives who have selflessly dedicated themselves to providing safe, evidence-based care to their patients  at "The Nest" since 2015. The UF Birth Center provides a unique model of care for expecting families: safe, supported, unmedicated birth in an out-of-hospital setting, while still being housed in the same building as a hospital (UF Health North), should a transfer to hospital care be needed. There is no other place like this in Northeast Florida/Southeast Georgia. The care that they provide is not only evident in their phenomenal statistics, but in the stories of the hundreds of families who have chosen to birth their babies with these talented midwives. Click here to see a First Coast Living exclusive look at the birth center from June of last year, when former Jags mascot Curtis Dvorak toured the space where his wife had her baby. This decision to close the birth center has immediate effects. Many patients there are already in their second and third trimesters, and are now having the rug pulled out from under them. They are scrambling to decide where they will birth their babies, because there is no alternative to the type of setting they chose (a birth center in the same building as a hospital). But more so, this decision has lasting ramifications that go far beyond their current patients. This model of care was a progressive, effective way to address many of the issues our nation is facing when it comes to maternal and fetal outcomes. By providing evidence-based care with minimal interventions, families are able to welcome their babies safely into the world and go home not only healthy and fully satisfied with their care, but empowered. UF Health was leading the way with this model of care, but a new administration has decided that money is more important than patient care. This decision comes down to dollars. When compared to a hospital, the birth center numbers are small. They don't rake in the money like hospitals do. And that is why their care is exceptional. They are driven by holistic care for the patient, and follow evidence-based principles that don't involve expensive interventions like epidurals and narcotics.  So please, take a stand. Show the administrators at UF Health that the UF Birth Center is worth their investment. Sign this petition to show them that their actions will not go unnoticed. Email, write, and call to tell them about your babies' birth stories, so they will see more than dollar signs. And share this far and wide, so that our community will see that it is being robbed of a precious, unique model of care.  To contact the UF Health administrators who have made this shortsighted decision, please see below: Pradeep Kadambi4th Floor, LRC, Dean's Suite653-1 West 8th Street, L15Jacksonville, FL 32209(904) John D. Davis3rd Floor, LRC653-1 West 8th Street, L17Jacksonville, FL 32209(904) Leon L Haley Jr4th Floor, LRC653-1 West 8th Street, L15Jacksonville, FL 32209(904)

Dallas Arthur
5,407 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to MSUM President Anne Blackhurst, Vice-President Brenda Ameson-Hill

Continuation of Medical and Pharmacy Services of Hendrix Center

The MSUM administration decided to discontinue the medical and pharmacy services at the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center at the MSUM campus beginning July 1, 2019 and primarily support mental health counseling services. Many students, especially those without vehicles and international students, rely on Hendrix to receive immediate medical assistance and its pharmacy for easily accessible medication. Students DESERVE easily accessible medication.  If you attend MSUM, this affects YOU! Even if you do not use Hendrix, many of your peers and friends do. Changes of this nature set an extremely dangerous precedent for the discontinuation of vital programs at YOUR university. I urge you to consider signing this petition. Changes like this do not support the Dragon values we hold ourselves to.  While accommodations like taxi vouchers and the usage of MAT Bus to access medication were discussed by administration, I believe these to be rather impractical solutions. I question the practicality of ill students in pain scheduling time to catch a bus to go get simple medication as well as returning using public transportation. This inconvenience coupled with Minnesotan winter weather is extremely impractical to expect students to suffer through to access the medication they need to get better. Additionally, how are students supposed to catch up with their homework, classwork and other assignments, along with recovering from their illnesses and other obligations, when they will be wasting so much time trying to procure their medication? Being unable to access medication for students within walking distance from the MSUM campus is a scary change to undergo. MSUM follows a policy where most freshmen have to live on-campus. How can such a policy be ethically enforced when students living on-campus do not have access to medication they need?   A justification for discontinuing important medical/laboratory and pharmacy services at Hendrix was cited to be under-utilization. While this may be true in absolute statistical terms, this justification does not account for the nature of healthcare services. I, for example, have been fortunate to have never needed to utilize these services at Hendrix my first three years at MSUM. However, in a situation where I may need immediate medical attention, I never once felt as unsafe as I do today, because I knew that Hendrix and its services were present at MSUM, where I spend majority of my day. In essence, it was never about visiting Hendrix regularly, but knowing that the services were readily available anytime I may need them, within a few minutes’ walk. And I am confident that this is the same for majority of my peers.   I am starting this petition in hope that the MSUM administration truly sees how many students value the Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center and wish to preserve its services, for themselves and for future generations of Dragons.  Want more information? Find my open letter to MSUM Administration at:  

Rahil Richard Pereira
1,259 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to FDA , NIH , MHRA , World Health Organization, European Medicines Agency

Stop the Damage and Find a Cure for Victims of MRI Contrast Toxicity

Thirty million magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans are performed each year in the US alone, and many more worldwide. One of every three patients undergoing an MRI scan is injected with the contrast agent, gadolinium. This helps “light up” the results more clearly for the radiologists. Gadolinium is a highly-toxic rare metal. It has no place in the human body. When gadolinium was introduced as a contrast agent, it was prepared in such a way that it was thought to leave the body naturally within 3 days of the MRI scan. Scientific research carried out in the past decade has clearly disproved this. Gadolinium is retained in the body for many years, possibly a lifetime, and concentrates specifically in brain and bones. Tens of millions of patients are exposed to this known toxic substance every year, when they undergo an MRI scan. Many of these patients are young children, whose bodies are still developing. The long-term harm of gadolinium accumulation has not yet been quantified. However, there are already many victims of gadolinium poisoning who suffer painful and crippling symptoms. Recent studies show that gadolinium contrast is used far too liberally and is not necessary in many cases.   We must voice our concerns to the FDA, the World Health Organization and the medical community. We ask the FDA, the World Health Organization and health authorities worldwide to: Warn physicians and patients about the risks of gadolinium. Restrict gadolinium use only to cases where the benefits outweigh the risks. Invest in rapid development of safe gadolinium alternatives. Sponsor large studies of gadolinium toxicity in patients who have undergone MRI scans. Promote the development of effective treatments to remove toxic gadolinium from patients affected by it.

MedInsight Research Institute
7,503 supporters