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women's health

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Petition to Charlie Baker, Robert A. DeLeo, Harriette Chandler, Governor's Office of Community Affairs

Ban Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Massachusetts

Our names are Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher, and we each are pleading to the Massachusetts State Legislature to pass a law making it illegal for someone to carry out Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting/Circumcision (FGM/C) on young girls. FGM/C involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue on girls, and can cause physical harm including pain, bleeding, shock, tetanus, genital sores, and cause long-lasting psychological harm including sexual disorders, fear of sexual intimacy, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder. Mariya - I was born in the United States and now live in Massachusetts, but at the age of seven, I was subjected to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in India. Friends and relatives of mine also living in the United States have undergone FGM/C both here in the United States or in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Australia, and many other countries in the world. Aisha- I got my circumcision when I was five. I know many women who also got it done. Personally, I know people in my community who talk about it as if it’s normal. I was aware of people practicing it behind closed doors but I also know that some people are looking for ways to keep the practice alive here in the States even though it might mean legal action is taken against them. I didn't know my home state, Massachusetts, had no laws against FGM/C until I met Mariya who works with many communities to protect girls against FGM/C. Hanna - I literally stumbled on the subject of female genital mutilation searching for a global health research topic online for a school project. I knew nothing about it and was concerned that others would find it uncomfortable and unrelatable. My teacher told me that was all the more reason to focus on FGM/C. It’s not a cultural issue; it’s not a third-world problem. FGM/C happens all over the world; it is happening in Massachusetts! Regardless of culture and tradition, and despite a lack of intent to cause injury, the end result is girls in MA are being violated and need our protection to safeguard them from FGM/C. Massachusetts is known for its progressive policies in terms of reproductive rights, anti-discrimination laws, and equality issues, yet our state still is in the minority of states that do not ban female genital mutilation or cutting. As FGM/C is nearly always carried out on minors, is a violation of the rights of children, and reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes that constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women, we must protect girls from undergoing FGM/C. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over half a million girls and women in the United States are at risk. Massachusetts ranks 12th in the nation for at-risk populations with an estimated 14,591 women and girls.  Since 2012, the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association has over and over again tried to advocate for a state law criminalizing FGM/C. Yet, still to this day, no law has been put into place. The current bills, S.788, and H.2333, have been sent to committee for study and most likely will not move forward either. All three of us believe in the importance of education and community engagement to help create social change within communities and amongst groups where FGM/C might be happening. To that end, we each have organized and participated in community events to educate our friends and family members about the harms of FGM/C and why it should be abandoned. Yet, despite our efforts, FGM/C continues, often being touted as a religious or cultural practice that is needed to control women’s sexuality. In April 2018, a doctor in Michigan was charged with performing FGM/C on minor girls, highlighting yet again that FGM/C does affect women and girls living in the United States. The doctor claimed FGM/C was a religious requirement and that there were no harmful effects. We three believe that culture and religion should not be an excuse used to sanction harm to girls. We need a bill in Massachusetts that unequivocally reiterates that female genital mutilation/cutting is a form of violence. There are laws against domestic violence and sexual assault. We need a law against FGM/C as well. We three believe our state can do a better job of protecting girls in the Commonwealth by banning FGM/C. You can support us too by signing our petition demanding that legislators make passing a bill banning FGM/C high on their list of priorities. Let’s work together to take a stance against Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting!  ~ Aisha Yusuf, Hanna Stern, and Mariya Taher  

Mariya Taher
12,972 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Ralph T. Hudgens, Georgia State Insurance Commissioner

Tell insurance companies to cover better fibroid treatments now

My name is Dr. Soyini Hawkins, a specialty-trained gynecologist in Atlanta. Women with fibroids come to me seeking better treatment options usually after their gynecologist recommends a hysterectomy - likely the only treatment covered by their insurance company. Hysterectomy, the second most common surgery performed on reproductive-aged women, continues to be the primary treatment for uterine fibroids in the United States, while less invasive alternatives, like radiofrequency ablation, are underutilized and often not discussed with patients. A retrospective study of over 3,000 women showed nearly 1 in 5 hysterectomies are unnecessary. Hysterectomy can lead to medical issues -- not just loss of fertility. I’ve started this petition because I need your help to get insurance companies in Georgia to cover minimally-invasive fibroid treatment procedures. I know first hand how debilitating uterine fibroids can be. Mine were diagnosed when I was 26 years old. My options were limited to treatments that required hospital stays and lengthy recovery times.  Like most women, I did not have months to recover. As a result, I put off treatment for over a year and suffered from the painful, and often embarrassing, side effects of fibroids. When I had fibroids I had no other option than an extreme surgery that took 7 weeks to recover.  Women today have better, less-invasive treatment options available, yet many insurance companies do not currently cover these procedures. Uterine fibroids affect 70–80% of women under the age of 55. I urge you to sign this petition and join my fight to help get insurance companies in Georgia to cover these life-changing, minimally-invasive treatment options.   Your signature will help women get back to normal without the extreme side effects of invasive treatments or a hysterectomy. Women and their doctors, not the insurance companies, should decide which treatment option is best.

Dr. Soyini Hawkins
163 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ali King, Nasty Women Get Shit Done President & Co-founder

Open Letter to the Women of Oregon: We Can't Trust Him

Sign on to send the message loud and clear: we can't trust Buehler to stand up for our health and rights.   ------------------------Dear Women of Oregon,  The stakes were raised this week when Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. The threats we feared in the back of our minds, the worst case scenario we talked about with our girlfriends and families in the days after November 8, 2016, suddenly became real and immediate. That fear in the pit of our stomachs. That’s all real now. Be forewarned, Women of Oregon: Republican candidate Knute Buehler will say things that sound nice. But after this week, words just are not enough.  When given the chance, Knute Buehler was willing to gamble with our rights. To turn his back on the values so many of us hold dear.  Knute has given a lot of reasons for why he voted no on the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which enshrined Roe v. Wade into Oregon law. And we’re sure his polished campaign will come up with new excuses that sound even better. But the bottom line is, when given the chance to stand with women, to protect our right to safe, legal abortion in the strongest way possible, Knute Buehler chose to roll the dice.  He chose to vote no, denying that access to abortion is under threat. He voted no and put our future in the hands of Donald Trump. He said Roe v. Wade was settled law. You see, he has the privilege to hope, the privilege to assume.  As of June 27, 2018, all women in this country -- including women of color, undocumented women, our transgender community members -- no longer have the privilege to hope or assume. We are now facing the reality that our rights could easily and quickly be taken away by the vote of a Supreme Court stacked with Trump nominees from the far right. What does this mean? We are on the precipice of losing our agency, our economic freedom, and losing control over decisions we make about our own bodies. We simply cannot allow our daughters and granddaughters to have fewer rights than we do.  Women of Oregon: It's time to take a stand. It's time to vote with our values. It's time to say no to Knute Buehler.  Signed, Senator Elect, Shemia Fagan State Representative, Barbara Smith Warner Metro Council President Elect, Lynn Peterson Multnomah County Commissioner, Jessica Vega Pederson Former Secretary of State, Jeanne Atkins Emily McLain Lisa Gardner Anne Udall Grayson Dempsey Victoria Beccar Varela Caryn Berley Eli Bliss Courtney Dillard Katie Drumm Katherine Gamble Diane Goodwin Courtney Graham Arika Harrison Alexa Jakusovsky Ali King Zoe Klingmann Cassandra Korn Meg Krugel Christine Lewis Val Lim Hannah Love Lindsey O’Brien Julie Peterman Hannah Reagan Elizabeth Robertson Sydney Scout Samantha Sharka Kathleen Stuart Audra Tromly Maya Ward Kali Woodard  

Ali King
7,242 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to Governor Jerry Brown

Sign AB 2125: Healthy Nail Salon Bill

Nail salon workers experience unnecessary occupational exposures to harmful chemicals linked to chronic health problems such as cancer and reproductive and respiratory harm and short term effects such as headaches, dizziness, rashes and breathing difficulties. Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Programs (HNSRP) result in healthier nail salons. Cities and counties have voluntary recognition programs that encourage salons to use less toxic and safer products and practices. In a survey, most healthy nail salons said that by participating in the program, they and their employees are healthier—work-related acute health symptoms disappeared. Plus, their business increased. Consumers appreciate the benefits of beauty services at Healthy Nail Salons. Chemicals in professional cosmetics can also be harmful to salon customers, who increasingly include still-developing younger girls.  In consumer surveys, approximately 90% said they would pay more for nail salon services that used less toxic products and received government recognition for healthier practices. AB 2125, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu, would help make California nail salons healthier through a statewide approach that would involve:  Conducting an awareness campaign for local governments on the benefits of implementing HNSRPs in their locale; Publishing program models and guidelines for implementing HNSRPs; Developing and implementing a consumer education program. The bill passed both houses of the California Legislate and we want to show the Governor this bill has a good amount of support. Join our email list: http://eepurl.com/bLwadb For more information, contact: Phuong An Doan (Vietnamese):  padoan@ahschc.org,  510-986-6830 ext 773 Julia Liou (English) jliou@ahschc.org, 510-986-6848, ext 267 Catherine Porter (English) catherineaporter@gmail.com Mike Lok (English) mlok@ahschc.org, 510-986-6830, ext 8373 Co-sponsors Asian Health Services (Twitter: @asianhealth818) Facebook: "Asian Health Services" California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative (Twitter: @CA_HNSC) Facebook: "CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative" Use #passAB2125 AB 2125 Co-Authors Rob Bonta (Assembly) Kansen Chu (Assembly) Lorena Gonzalez (Assembly) Roger Hernández (Assembly) Evan Low (Assembly) Phil Ting (Assembly) Richard Pan (Senate) Supporters: ACT for Women and Girls Aerovex Systems Alameda County Department of Environmental Health Alameda Health Consortium Alaska Community Action in Toxins American Cancer Society- Cancer Action Network American Lung Association American Sustainable Business Council Asian Advocacy Project at Community Action Marin Asian Law Caucus Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Asian Pacific American Legal Center Asian Pacific Environmental Network Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Bao Nguyen, Mayor of Garden Grove Black Women for Wellness Breast Cancer Action Breast Cancer Fund California Environmental Justice Alliance California Health Advocates California Immigrant Policy Center California Labor Federation California Policy Action Network Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) Cancer Prevention Institute of California Center for Environmental Health Center on Policy Initiatives Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs City of Santa Monica Clean Water Action Coalition for Clean Air Community Health Partnerships Environmental Working Group Greenlining Institute Immigrant and Resettlement Cultural Center Khmer Girls in Action Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland May Fu, Associate Professor, University of San Diego Michael Fong, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund National Council of Jewish Women - California National Employment Law Project National Resources Defense Council North County Health Services  OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Greater Los Angeles Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: Sacramento Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Chapter Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Action Pacific Arts Movement Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility – San Francisco  Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Pacific Southwest Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Proven Recruiting  San Francisco Department of Environment San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Southeast Asian Resource and Action Center Southern California Council on Occupational Safety and Health Students and Faculty of the San Jose State University, San Jose, School of Social Work The Children's Center UCLA Labor Center UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health program Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay Wilda Wong, San Diego State University  Women With a Vision Women's Foundation of California Women's Voices of the Earth Working Solutions Worksafe 25 nail salon owners and workers from Northern California.

Michael Lok
536 supporters