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Petition to Mark S. DeFrancesco MD

Stop Female Castration

Gynecologists routinely take it upon themselves to remove healthy ovaries when they perform hysterectomies for benign diseases. 90% of hysterectomies are considered to be medically unnecessary. They say it prevents the possibility of ovarian cancer. However, the risk of ovarian cancer in women who have no family history of the disease is less than 1%. Meanwhile, removing the ovaries greatly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer of American women) and accelerates osteoporosis. Removal of ovaries is linked to a variety of diseases and cancers, not to mention mental impairment and sexual dysfunction. Most women do not know that when they agree to removal of their ovaries that they are agreeing to castration because the term castration is never used. Instead, they're told they will be undergoing some far-and-away sounding thing called "oophorectomy". No woman can give informed consent to ovary removal when she doesn’t understand that she is agreeing to castration. Castration (also referred to as gelding, neutering, fixing, orhietcomy and oophorectomy) is any action, surgical, chemical or otherwise, by which a male loses the functions of the testicles or a female loses the functions of the ovaries. Castration is considered to be immoral and barbaric according to every country in the world other than Germany and the Czech Republic. More specifically, it's considered to be immoral and barbaric to sugically castrate convicted sex offenders. Indeed, the South Carolina Supreme Court held in State v Brown (1985) that surgical castration is a form of mutilation and therefore considered to be cruel and unusual punishment and illegal under the 8th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If it’s considered morally wrong to surgically castrate rapists and child molesters, then why is there no outcry about the castration of millions of innocent women? Thousands of women are surgically castrated every single day in hospitals across this country. That works out to be approximately 9 women every 10 minutes. Keep in mind that these women have committed no crime. Innocent and unsuspecting women agree to hysterectomy and wake up castrated. Where exactly is the outrage? What about cruel and unusual punishment being illegal? Does it somehow not apply to women? What about a woman’s right not to be mutilated? Please sign this petition and tell ACOG's President John C. Jennings MD to STOP the CASTRATION of thousands upon thousands of innocent and unsuspecting women every year.

Robin Karr
409 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Gary Bettman, Bill Daly

Take violence against women seriously

In early August, Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane was accused of raping a woman, another allegation of sexual violence in a sport that seems unwilling to change for the better. Despite the fact that he was under investigation for a serious crime for months, Kane did not miss a single day on the ice. On the contrary, his team never paused in actively promoting him. It has become increasingly difficult for hockey fans like me -- especially women, who make up roughly 1 in 3 NHL fans -- to cheer for teams that shrug off serious allegations of their players assaulting women. These teams often place on-ice competition and business interests above basic decency. And we’ve had enough of it. As public incidences of violence against women continue to bring shame to the hockey community, the National Hockey League has steadfastly refused to change. Not anymore. We are petitioning the NHL to institute a clear, comprehensive policy of zero tolerance for players who commit acts of intimate partner violence or sexual assault. This would mean that the NHL would have suspended a suspected sexual abuser like Kane - with pay - until the police investigation was complete. It would mean that a team that violates the terms of a domestic abuser's suspension, as the Los Angeles Kings did with Slava Voynov, would receive a harsh, truly consequential punishment. It would also mean that a player convicted of such a crime would not be allowed to rejoin his team in any capacity until he has served his sentence. Some Blackhawks fans have spoken eloquently about walking away from the team they used to love. As a lifelong New Jersey Devils fan I know how strong the bond between fan and team can be, but I also know that our moral center needs to be stronger. If the NHL doesn’t take real action to help deter sexual assault and violence against women among its players then I, and many others, will feel forced to cut all ties with the league and the teams we feel so passionately about. We want the NHL to send a message to players -- and to the public -- that we are through tolerating this unacceptable behavior. The way that the league and its teams treat issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexism and misogyny has a real effect on fans, especially the youngest, most impressionable ones. We care, and Commissioner Bettman should, too. He should respect us enough to hear us out. Sign this petition if you agree. Thank you.  

Melissa Geschwind
37,381 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to John Burlow, Jenni Glenn Gingery, Sean Tipton, Mary Green, Dr. Anuja Dokras, Dr. Barbara Levy, U.S. Senate

Recognize #PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome as a significant health concern demanding national attention and government support.

Up to 20% or 2 in 10 women and girls worldwide have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a complex hormonal disorder for which there is no cure. While the name may be deceiving, PCOS is not a gynecological issues it is an endocrine disorder affeting many systems in the body. If left untreated PCOS can be a precursor to many life threatening conditions including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney problems. This means PCOS contributes to some of the leading causes of death and disability in women today. For many diagnosed with PCOS, Awareness and education have played a key role in helping them learn to live and deal with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and ultimately live a healthier life. That is why PCOS Awareness has to happen now to ensure women and girls do not have to go through another day, month or year of silent suffering and to ensure they are educated on how to live a healthier life with this syndrome. What PCOS is, and what it does to women who have it, is complicated to explain as symptoms and severity of the syndrome can vary from person to person. Some of the classic symptoms are drastic weight gain, hair loss, depression, fatigue, thyroid problems, high cholesterol, panic attacks, headaches, dizzy spells, poor memory or muddled mind, sleeping disorders, constant thirst, extreme cravings, insulin resistance, cystic acne, cystic ovaries, menstrual cycles without ovulation, irregular cycles, severe mood swings, high testosterone levels, infertility problems, excess facial and body hair, not to mention a seven times greater risk than an average woman for four major health concerns affecting women in the United States today including heart disease, diabetes, endometrial cancer and stroke. Because PCOS can cause so many physical and emotional complications, it is important for early detection, treatment and support. Chrisy Wise of Georgia agrees, "I started showing signs at a very young age and went undiagnosed for many years. As a young girl, it was very hard when doctor after doctor kept telling me nothing was wrong. Now, I know all the symptoms together equal pcos." This petition is not only raising awareness and gaining support, it is giving women, their families and supporters of PCOS awareness a voice, a strong voice that will hopefully inspire and invoke change for better health, treatment and support of this syndrome.

Ashley Levinson
10,325 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Lee C. Bollinger, Jerome Davis, President

Columbia University - Establish a Barack Obama Policy Institute

Signers of this petition are interested in establishing a nonpartisan Policy Institute and Social Service Fellowship Program at Columbia University. The proposed institute would serve as an incubator for policy development & social service advocacy to continue & commemorate the legacy of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama - Columbia University Class '83. What's the Mission?The proposed goal of the Institute is to: 1) place itself at the forefront of research and the development of public policy as it corresponds with the President's directive. 2) oversee a professional development fellowship program to develop a cadre of social service professionals. Why Columbia?Columbia's reputation of creating innovative research institutions and diverse policy programs has attracted and engaged the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding and service to society. The University is a beacon in New York City and a national titan when it comes to producing some of our country's most devoted public servants and civil rights defenders. Many are aware of Alumni President Barack Obama and U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton; however, few are cognizant of fellow public service alumni such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg ( Law'59), and former Attorney General Eric Holder (CC'73 Law'76). With access to many of the nation's industry leaders and policy wonks, what better location than Columbia University? .... and all while having New York City as its backdrop! Who can sponsor initiative?This petition requests University President, Lee C. Bollinger (Law '71), in conjunction with all vested parties, champion the effort on behalf of the petition signers. President Bollinger is one of the country’s foremost First Amendment scholars, in addition to having led the historic Supreme Court case of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, which defined the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. Within the last decade and a half, President Bollinger aggressively established a network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents; led a sustainable (LEEDs) designated university expansion; and forged a $30mm faculty diversity program. Under his tutelage, the University could provide futile ground for developing a world-class institution and distinguished pool of young leaders.  

Cynthia CU'95
1,455 supporters