Petition to The University of Delaware community
FREE & SUSTAINABLE Menstrual Products at the University of Delaware
At the University of Delaware, Planned Parenthood Generation Action is working towards getting FREE & SUSTAINABLE menstrual products in on-campus buildings. Presently, there are minimal options for students who menstruate. The products that are available, are only in women's bathrooms, require coins that are not always accessible, are often empty, and are cardboard which can be painful. They are also not available in residence hall bathrooms. There must be more accessible options to people who need these products and therefore placing them not only within women's bathrooms but gender-neutral bathrooms, and men's bathrooms. We demand access to free and sustainable menstrual products at UD as this issue can be easily solved, and can help to END PERIOD STIGMA & PERIOD POVERTY. Reproductive justice extends into all areas of social justice from women's rights, trans & LGBTQ+ rights, the pink tax, climate change, the criminal justice system, immigration, and more. Reproductive rights are consistently under attack in our nation and it is our job as the student body to take action and ensure we have access to the products we need. Menstrual products are incredibly expensive, and not everyone in our UD community has the funds or resources to get products. We want the University of Delaware to provide on-campus bathrooms with menstrual product dispensers that are FREE and fully stocked with SUSTAINABLE tampons, panty liners, and pads.
Petition to State, local, and national leaders and policymakers
Decriminalize Self-Managed and Supported Non-Clinical Abortion
It may be surprising to consider that someone might need to end their own pregnancy. Most people in the United States who have abortions do so with help from from healthcare providers in clinical settings. But others self-administer abortion pills, use traditional herbs, or employ other means of ending their own pregnancies for various reasons. Mounting anti-abortion restrictions, bans on public funding for abortion, clinic closures, travel and child care costs, and abortion stigma have pushed clinic-based abortion out of reach for growing numbers of people for whom self-directed care is now the only available or affordable abortion option. Because of modern medical advancements, self-managed abortion with pills can be safe and effective, if people have access to reliable information, quality medications, and confidential backup medical care, if needed. But while medication abortion can make self-managed care physically safe, there are still legal risks. Tragically, throughout the United States, people have been arrested — and some even jailed — for ending their own pregnancies. Prosecutions for self-managed abortion and pregnancy loss disproportionately impact people living in poverty, immigrants, people of color, and other marginalized communities, due to racial disparities that lead to worse pregnancy outcomes and a higher likelihood of being policed. Instead of policing and prosecuting people for self-managed abortion, we should work to ensure that once someone decides to end a pregnancy, they have safe and effective methods available to them. No one should fear arrest or jail for ending their own pregnancy or for seeking medical help in this situation. Everyone should feel safe, affirmed, and unafraid, regardless of the method or setting of their abortion. We invite you to join the growing movement to support people’s full access to safe abortion methods, and oppose the criminalization of people who self-manage their abortions and those tho help them. By signing on, you are not joining any group or further committing yourself to any action; you are authorizing the use of your name, along with the others on the list, in advocacy efforts and public education campaigns to improve conditions and protections for people who self-manage abortion. We, the undersigned, believe: When someone has decided to end a pregnancy, they should be able to do so safely and effectively. People should have access to a full array of safe options for ending a pregnancy, which may include self-administered abortion with pills. No one should have to fear arrest or jail for ending their own pregnancy, experiencing a pregnancy loss, or seeking medical help in these situations. Those who assist or support someone else who ends their own pregnancy should be able to do so without fear of policing or prosecution. The arrest of loved ones, counselors, and caregivers for assisting or supporting someone who self-administers an abortion isolates the pregnant person, limits their options, and could potentially harm their health. Together, we are making this call to repeal criminal laws targeting people who self-manage abortion, reform laws to prevent misuse by prosecutors, and reinforce existing protections for abortion rights to include freedom from criminalization. We should all be able to self-determine our reproductive lives on our own terms, free from discrimination, coercion, or violence. That includes people who self-manage abortions — people who, as much as anyone, deserve the power to determine if, when, and how to define, create, and sustain their families with dignity.
Petition to Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma Legislature, Governor Kevin Stitt
Corinne's Law: Oncofertility Preservation Patient Communication & Coverage in Oklahoma
My name is Carly Kirkland, and I am currently a second-year law student at the University of Oklahoma. This past year, I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. After eight months of treatment at MD Anderson, I am now cancer-free.When I was initially diagnosed, a friend of a friend, Corinne Dinges, quickly reached out. Though she was five years my senior, we had mutual friends from our time at OU. Corinne was in her OB/GYN residency when she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, another rare form of bone cancer similar to osteosarcoma. Corinne encouraged me to consider fertility preservation options, as chemotherapy and radiation often render women infertile after treatment. I would have never considered this procedure without Corinne's direction and advice, and it provided me with immense peace. While my other dreams seemed to hang in uncertain limbo, my ability to have a family was promised-- all thanks to Corinne's guidance. Corinne tragically passed last month from Leukemia resulting from the residual effects of her Ewing's Sarcoma treatment. One of her passions was advocating for and informing female cancer patients about their fertility options prior to receiving treatment. While I was able to preserve my fertility, my oncologist gave me ten days to do so. These ten days were not enough time to negotiate insurance coverage for my egg preservation. I feel incredibly grateful that I was still able to have the procedure. However, for many other recently diagnosed cancer patients, this is not the case, as the out-of-pocket costs are, as you can imagine, quite expensive. Insurance traditionally does not cover standard fertility treatment. Some states have regulations differentiating standard fertility treatment from emergency oncofertility treatment, and many of these states require coverage for the latter. Oklahoma, however, does not. Therefore, fertility preservation is inaccessible to many recently diagnosed cancer patients in our state. When faced with a choice between one's life or fertility, the choice is obvious. But I believe no one should ever have to make this choice in the first place. I am petitioning to enact legislation requiring Oklahoma insurance companies to require oncofertility preservation. They currently cover many other side effects of cancer, ranging from wigs to nausea medicine. Oncofertility preservation should be included in these provisions to support Oklahoma cancer patients. Below is some some additional information about Corinne-- there would be no more fitting way to honor her legacy. Corinne's Obituary Cancer Patient Takes Steps to Preserve Her Fertility Options
Petition to United States Supreme Court, THOMAS E. DOBBS, M.D., M.P.H., STATE HEALTH OFFICER, MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
SAVE ROE V. WADE
On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in the case: Thomas E. Dobbs, M.D., M.P.H, State Health Officer, Mississippi Department of Health v. Jackson Women's Health Organization This case involves a Mississippi law banning all abortions over 15 weeks gestational age except in medical emergencies and in the case of severe fetal abnormality. This law is fundamentally at odds with the right to safe and essential health care, scientific evidence, and medical ethics. Mississippi attempts to justify this ban as a means of “protecting the health of women,” yet the overwhelming weight of medical evidence conclusively demonstrates that abortion is a very safe medical procedure. This law threatens the health of pregnant patients by barring their access to a safe and essential component of health care. In particular, patients of color, those with limited socioeconomic means, and those in rural communities would be most severely harmed should this law be allowed to go into effect. Thomas E. Dobbs and the state of Mississippi are asking the Court to overturn the long-standing precedent of Roe v. Wade. We stand with Jackson Women's Health and call on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down this unjust law. A great listen if you'd like to learn more about this case: Podcast: Public Health On Call, Special Episode: Public Health in the Field- The Supreme Court and Abortion in Mississippi https://open.spotify.com/episode/6mtEY8TI322ABiqI6n9LHA?si=Zn8cuDtvRGaLjyHmNAfSLw&nd=1 “Brief of Amici Curiae American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Public Health Physicians, et al. In Support of Respondents,” September 2021. https://www.acog.org/-/media/project/acog/acogorg/files/advocacy/amicus-briefs/2021/20210920-dobbs-v-jwho-amicus-brief.pdf?la=en&hash=717DFDD07A03B93A04490E66835BB8C5 Ramaswamy, Amrutha. “Abortion at SCOTUS: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.” KFF (blog), November 2, 2021. https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-brief/abortion-at-scotus-dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health/
Help to expand abortion rights in New Hampshire
We are four eighth graders from Massachusetts who are looking to expand the protections we have here in MA around abortions and reproductive rights to New Hampshire. New Hampshire law prohibits abortion at twenty-four weeks LMP. It also prohibits D&X procedures and limits public funding for abortion. However Massachusetts only generally restricts it at 24 weeks LMP, and doesn't prohibit D&X procedures or limits public funding. We are trying to gain attention from the New Hampshire state legislators to get them to help us change the laws and allow for women to have freedom over their body. Help us to help them by signing our petition!
Petition to Summer Stephan, summer stephan
Tell San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan to Resign
San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan has a history of supporting far right conspiracy theories and has proven herself to be unfit for office. April 2023: Charging a Grieving Mother-to-be with Murder Summer Stephan is defying California state law, attempting to charge a mother with murder for the death of her baby during an at-home birth. Story here. January 2021: Siding with Proud Boys On Jan. 9, 2021, three days after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, a mob of white supremacists, Proud Boys and other supporters of President Donald Trump descended on the neighborhood of Pacific Beach in San Diego where they clashed with antifa counterprotestors. Almost a year later, Summer Stephan announced charges, but only against the anti-fascist protestors who showed up to defend the community from the white supremacist mob. "Not one of the pro-Trump far-right group was charged. Experts said that makes the prosecution look political." Story here. May 2020: No Charges Filed Against Criminal Cop Summer Stephan neglected to prosecute a San Diego Police Officer for staging his own suicide with fake blood and shooting a gun off in his home while his girlfriend was present as an act of domestic violence. The officer is also documented soliciting sex during his work shifts, including at a murder scene. Story here. June 2018: Pushing Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories Summer Stephan's campaign paid for a website that pushed antisemitic messaging to fear monger about billionaire philanthropist George Soros during her 2018 campaign. Story here. 2015 - Present: Pushing "Excited Delirium" as Cause of In-Custody Deaths The San Diego County District Attorney's Office has mentioned "excited delirium" as a factor in at least 15 in-custody deaths. Excited delirium doesn't have a true medical definition and has a history of racist connotations, from its use to justify the death of George Floyd to others. Story here. Sign the petition calling for the resignation of DA Summer Stephan.
Petition to Joan Huffman, Bryan Slaton
Fully Fund the Family Planning Program in Texas!
The Family Planning Program (FPP) is a state-based program that provides critical sexual and reproductive healthcare services to hundreds of thousands of Texans. This popular program is one of the best ways for people to get same day health services. The only problem is that FPP often runs out of money halfway through the year due to high demand, and this has been going on for a long time. Clients have even been put in waiting lists that that last up to two months for highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods such as hormonal implants and IUDs. The Title X Family Planning Program also provides live-saving preventive services, prenatal care, testing and treatment for STIs, contraceptive care and basic health screenings. It is important to note that ‘fully funding the family planning program’ means that we are meeting current need at current clinics, but we still have a lot of work to do in the coming years/decades to ensure that all Texans have access to healthcare. The Legislature can increase funding for FPP to meet the current and growing need for family planning services in Texas. Legislature must appropriate at least $153.6 million in all funds for the Family Planning Program. On February 2024, State Representative Bryan Slaton filed House Bill 2709 which could open doors for Texans to be prosecuted for the use of emergency contraception. This could potentially hurt the full funding of FPP as this funding could help inhibit Title X clinics from giving contraceptive services. As an additional note abortion is not covered by the Family Planning Program (nor it is legal in Texas), while some conservatives feel comfortable advocating for the kinds of services covered by FPP—prenatal care, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and contraceptive care—others might not because of a pervasive belief that family planning care is shorthand for abortion. This issue is very focused on maternal health; talking about reproductive health in the Texas Legislature is VERY delicate. While the FPP is funded in the base budget, there is always the possibility that funding can get taken out if someone gets upset about it. What Can We Do? Sign this Petition! We plan to send these signatures to the Senate Finance Committee as that is one the committees in Legislature that control the budget. They decide which programs should get increases and which programs should be cut. Because this is an issue that specifically deals with funding, those are the important committees. We also plan on sending these signatures to State Representative Bryan Slaton. Find your Rep: Look up your representative through https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home Call your Rep: Now that HB 2709 is filed, we have no time to waste, call your Rep. today! What can you say? You can say something along the lines of “My name is ____ and Representative _____ is my representative. I want to ask him/her to not sign on as a co-author to House Bill 2709 by Representative Slaton to ______ ”
Protect Personal Reproductive Autonomy Rights
No one should choose who becomes pregnant, who is able to carry a pregnancy to term, to give birth to a child, or to have an abortion. The state of Florida is trying to take that right away, and us as the people need to save that right.