Petition to World Anti-Doping Agency, USATF, USADA, iaaf, AIU
Stand with Brianna McNeal
(DO NOT DONATE TO PETITION. WEBSITE KEEPS DONATIONS. DONATE TO GOFUNDME) Brianna McNeal is the 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 100 meter hurdles. Brianna has never failed a drug test. On the other hand, Brianna was suspended from competing for 5 years and she will not be allowed to defend her Olympic Gold medal in Tokyo. Drug testers knocked on Brianna's door on January 12, 2020 to test her but she did not answer due to being medicated after receiving "a surprise medical procedure". Brianna had undergone an abortion, she was recovering and it also left her traumatized . Brianna did not wish to disclose her procedure but she felt forced after being pressured by investigators to give them an answer. Brianna wanted to keep her procedure private as she and her husband had only discussed the issue with their spiritual advisor. Brianna McNeal, 29, was suspended for five years for “tampering with the results management process” in connection with her missing a doping test two days after she had the abortion. In its case against her, McNeal said, World Athletics said it didn’t believe she was so traumatized by the abortion that she got the date of the procedure wrong. After all, the organization said, she continued to post on social media and compete in the weeks afterward. McNeal said investigators chastised her for seeing a spiritual adviser instead of a psychiatrist while she was suffering from depression after the abortion. Brianna was showed no compassion, she was judged and mistreated by a room full of individuals who can't relate to her situation and failed to understand what she had been thru. Brianna was not obligated to reply to the Doping Agencies request and had she not replied she would have only received a missed test. Brianna has never used drugs nor has she ever tampered with a sample. She is a model athlete, a leader in her community and a champion who has earned and worked hard to achieve her accomplishments. Please sign and share this petition and #STANDWITHBRI as we push to have Brianna's 5 year ban overturned as it is an unfair punishment. Brianna has also paid over $40,000.00 to lawyers for this case. Let’s show support for Brianna Rollins McNeal and #StandWithBri. Donations made through this petition are not given to Brianna. Monetary donations collected by change .org help with advertising (per change.org) if you would like to assist Brianna financially please use the following: Cashapp: $brirollin PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Food and Drug Administration
Cancer nearly killed me because I was denied a mammogram!! Change the minimum age to 18+
Cancer can occur at any age. Early detection and prevention is the key to beating it. Mammograms should be available at any age, not just for women who are 40 years or older. Under current legislation, thousands of women could die because they are being denied this life saving medical Test. I know this because I personally was denied a mammogram four different times, WITH a family history of breast cancer and a medically declared breast lump, at the age of 32. The result of this allowed my cancer to spread and become more aggressive and require more treatment. It almost killed me and I am still struggling with fighting it. Younger women with breast cancer experience unique challenges. For women under 40, breast cancer is often diagnosed in its later stages, when it tends to be more aggressive. This means the survival rate is lower and the recurrence rate is higher. This is not ok. As of January 2019, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment. Early prevention should be a choice! We are considered adults at the age of 18. We are allowed to vote, and make adult decisions. If we feel something is wrong with our own bodies, we should NOT BE DENIED the right to be heard and checked. Please join me in spreading this petition and getting it heard!!! If I can make one good thing happen out of this horrible hand I’ve been dealt, it would be to spread awareness and help save others’ lives!!
Petition to 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 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Help Measure the Placenta and PUSH Pregnancy End Preventable Stillbirth
Did you know that more children are stillborn than die from prematurity, SIDS, car accidents, drowning, guns, fire, flu, poison, and listeria COMBINED? In fact, a baby is 10 times more likely to be born still than to die from SIDS. In the U.S., 23,000 babies are stillborn every year (source CDC). That’s equivalent to 3 kindergarten classes wiped out every day and unlike in other countries, the number is not falling. We need to take action now and we need your help. Research has proven that many of these babies could have been saved and that’s where Measure the Placenta and PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy come in. We have a solution—measure the placenta during a standard prenatal ultrasound. This will save babies' lives, and it is backed up by research from Yale University. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the professional association of physicians that sets the standards for prenatal care. It is unacceptable for ACOG and prenatal care providers to continually ignore placenta size as a risk factor for stillbirth and to do nothing to try to stop these preventable deaths, many at or near term. We want ACOG to address the stillbirth crisis. We want ACOG to start an advisory group to recommend next steps to address the unacceptably high rate of preventable stillbirths in the U.S. We want placenta sizes to be monitored during pregnancy as a risk factor for poor outcomes, including stillbirth. We want fetal size to be charted, along with placenta size, and any deviation from either growth curve to be flagged and investigated. We want ACOG to lead the way by implementing third trimester Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) measurements into routine clinical care. We want ACOG to show its support for The Big PUSH in Washington, D.C. on October 15th: www.thebigpushmarch.org Families affected by stillbirth would like to work with ACOG to end preventable stillbirths and save babies now. Unlike other countries where the stillbirth rate has declined, the stillbirth rate in the U.S. has remained stagnant for decades. It’s time for change. It’s time to measure the placenta! You can help us by signing this petition to make measuring the placenta part of the standard of care for all pregnancies. Learn more at Measure the Placenta and PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy
Move Medical Conferences Out of States Without Full Access to Reproductive Care
Our New York Times opinion piece titled "A Plea From More Than 100 Medical Professionals: Boycott Anti-Abortion States" is our first call to action to restore the reproductive rights of women in the U.S. As medical professionals across specialties, we urge that all future medical conferences move to states that fully recognize the rights of all women and support full access to health care services across the continuum, including reproductive care. We recognize that the diagnosis of any serious medical condition, including cancer, may be intimately entwined with decisions about reproductive health; the recent SCOTUS decision Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health is a failure to recognize this. In 2022, we should be in support of fundamental access to healthcare services for all genders. This is an issue of equality, dignity, respect, and equity. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey Justice Blackmun recognized the risks faced by the individual and the need for autonomy to make that decision. "These matters, involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment . . .the liberty of the woman is at stake in a sense unique to the human condition and so unique to the law. The mother who carries a child to full term is subject to anxieties, to physical constraints, to pain that only she must bear." There are myriad complex circumstances involving the health of the mother and any future child; every patient should have full facts and options to preserve their life and health. Most fundamentally, carrying a pregnancy to term is associated with an increase in mortality for the mother, which affects her and her family in those most fundamental of ways. The risk of dying in childbirth in the U.S ranges widely across states (4.5/100,000 per live births in California to 46.2/100,000 in Georgia), and the highest rates are in states where full reproductive rights are being banned. States that discriminate against women by banning reproductive freedom in every circumstance directly harm the physical and mental health of women and those that care for them and violates the right to privacy between physician and patient. States like Texas have gone further, turning citizens into bounty hunters to sue neighbors and anyone helping persons for providing medical advice and services. The vigilante provision is meant to harass and frighten medical providers to stop doing their jobs. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has called this measure “a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit women from exercising their constitutional rights and evade judicial scrutiny.” As researchers of and advocates for health, we cannot support wanton disregard for health and reproductive rights. We cannot tacitly endorse laws by explicitly promoting the economy of states in direct conflict with our role in promoting women’s health and public health writ large. Following the Dobbs v. Jackson, many states have moved to ban abortion outright. This is a direct threat to our mission to comprehensively treat and care for our patients. National and international conferences that attract tens of thousands of people each year to attend should be moved out of states that have elected to ban abortions/reproductive freedom. We encourage states that preserve reproductive rights immediately begin to add capacity to host large conventions so that meetings can be moved. As leaders in medicine, we have the power to choose where we host and attend conferences about health and education. We cannot conscionably choose to continue to have these conferences in venues that do not share our goals about health and equity. Commitments and changes to venues are already in process (https://www.sccm.org/Annual-Congress/critical-care-conference) We must make it clear that states that undermine women’s health and public health measures will not be supported by our business. We urge companies that sponsor conferences to join us. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Gonzales v. Carhart said “[L]egal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion . . . center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.” We urge that all businesses that do not wish to treat women as second-class citizens take this course of action. Signed, Laura Esserman, MD, MBA Douglas Yee, MD Credit: Photo by Emma Guliani NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/21/opinion/letters/doctors-abortion.html
Petition to California legislature, Authors of California Senate Bill 132
The repealing or rewrite of a California Senate Bill #132
To see my Facebook page is to clearly understand my newest quest to protect women behind bars from being bullied and abused due to a door my lawsuit (Norsworthy Vs Beard) opened in April 2015. California Senate Bill 132 Allows for any Man or Woman to claim they are one gender or the other, and they are eligible to be housed in prison consistent with that claim. Research SB132 on your browser and YouTube for background. This petition intends to gather support, allowing myself and colleagues to pursue signatures enabling us to travel to Sacramento and get a re-hearing before the legislature to either have SB132 repealed or re-written. We want actual Transgender Women-Females (not to be confused with crossdressers) and Cisgender women-females to be allowed to participate in a rewrite. But, we need a little help for gas, food, and lodging, to take on the journey to get the voices of incarcerated women heard, which is what did not happen before and during SB132's passing in 2020. I was there when the transfers began. I, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, am a direct material witness to facts, not the ideal, which, in theory, is excellent. But, the original testimony and thought behind SB132 was to protect trans people from being victimized...I was there when the first 20 arrived, and they weren't victims by any definition of the word "victim." The remainder I must leave for my testimony before the State Congress. My case is a strong standing precedent in the legal world, and I am for "Equal Rights" and not trans rights only. My case was supposed to level the playing field, not open the door for opportunistic parasites to create such a harmful variation, eliminating the state's need to pay for Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS). Please help us, help the women incarcerated in California. Todah Rabbah.
Petition to Fall River School Committee, B.M.C Durfee School Administration
Make Menstrual Products Available at B.M.C Durfee High School's Girls Bathrooms
1 in 5 school age girls in the United States have missed at least a full school day due to menstruation related problems, be it illness, lack of access to menstrual products, or lack of access to medication. A multi-million dollar school should not be failing it's female students by making menstrual products inaccessible. The previous Durfee building had free tampon and menstrual pad dispensing machines that female students could access in their single sex student bathrooms, without having to ask an adult or staff member for help or permission. At our current Durfee building, there are none of these dispensing machines, and female students are expected to go to the nurse's office to ask for a tampon/menstrual pad. Female students should not have to disclose or defend their menstrual cycle to a staff member in order to receive an every-day sanitary product. This can also lead to questions about why a student can't afford or doesn't have a product with them packed already, which is not the business of a school staff member. Single sex bathrooms should mirror the needs of the sex using them. It's a fact that the majority of adolescent and teenage girls menstruate, and we are not welcoming girls into our school when we do not meet their needs. It is a school's responsibility to ensure students are healthy, safe, and prepared to learn for the duration of the school day. It's necessary we make menstrual products accessible in each girl's bathroom.
Petition to Connecticut State House, Connecticut State Senate, Ned Lamont
End Forced Pelvic Exams in Connecticut
*Please note that this petition contains clarifications to the original text. Imagine needing surgery. You would worry about a lot of things. Finding the best doctor. Finding the best hospital. Having a complication. Not waking up from the anesthesia. The pain you will experience afterwards. The list goes on. Now imagine having one more worry. But this one isn’t to do with your health. Rather, it is to do with protecting yourself. Protecting yourself from the possibility of forced vaginal or rectal penetration for the purpose of practice/education while you are unconscious and unable to give - or withhold - consent. Would you have the surgery? Would you take that risk? Now you may have a choice to make. Do you protect your health, and indeed, your own life by undergoing the surgery? Or do you protect your body from the potential of an unwanted and unwarranted invasion by not having the surgery, but in doing so risk your health, and maybe even your life? The situation above probably sounds ridiculous to you. It probably sounds like something out of a dystopian novel. But the reality is, this is the situation facing the people of Connecticut right now. Because of language commonly found in medical consent forms, teaching hospitals can have a lot of leeway in the way they use their patients in their teaching practices. Language in consent forms is often written to be broad, particularly surrounding the role of students and trainees in the provision of healthcare, which in many cases consists of only one or two lines, and follows the following formula: “I understand that students and trainees may be involved in my care and consent to treatment by providers in the event of unforeseen events or complications.” Those one or two lines are typically buried in the middle or at the end of a form, which patients often report being rushed to sign by providers or administrators as they are “standard.” Most patients assume “student involvement” - unless otherwise specified - is limited to observation. Unfortunately in Connecticut, it is not illegal for medical students to practice pelvic and prostate examinations on anesthetized patients without their direct and informed consent. There is a bill before the Connecticut state legislature right now - HB-5278 (updated to reflect the 2022 assigned bill number) - that would ban the use of non-consensual pelvic and prostate examinations as a part of the medical education process. It will still allow students to practice their clinical skills - it poses no threat to their education or to their ability and opportunity to one day become competent, confident, and experienced clinicians. It simply prohibits students from practicing these invasive examinations on patients who have not given their specific consent. HB-5278 (updated to reflect the 2022 assigned bill number) is the latest iteration of this legislation, which was first introduced in the Connecticut state legislature in 2019 as SB 16. Unfortunately, while other states have acted quickly to enact similar laws, Connecticut’s bill did not even get a hearing during the 2021 legislative session. The Yale University School of Medicine came out in opposition to the original iteration of this legislation (SB 16 - An Act Prohibiting an Unauthorized Pelvic Exam on a Woman Who is Under Deep Sedation or Anesthesia) in 2019, submitting public testimony to the state legislature stating, in part, that “all consent forms contain specific language explaining the involvement of trainees in the decision making and procedural process.” Please take a moment to judge that for yourself. Sample consent form language - in this case Yale's - reads as follows: “I understand that some of the system hospitals are teaching hospitals. Doctors or other health practitioners who are members of the care team and are in training may help my practitioner with the procedure. I understand the purpose and potential benefits of the procedure in relation to my goals. I give permission to my responsible practitioner to do whatever may be necessary if there is a complication or unforeseen condition during my procedure.” *Disclaimer - Yale's consent form language is provided as an example here as they refer to consent forms in their 2019 public testimony in opposition to SB 16 - An Act Prohibiting an Unauthorized Pelvic Exam on a Woman Who is Under Deep Sedation or Anesthesia cited in the above paragraph.* Tell me - would you define a student or trainee as a “responsible practitioner” in the event of a complication or unforeseen condition? Would any reasonable person? And how does a student’s need for practice - which is in no way unforeseen and can be established ahead of time - fall under that category? And when you sign any consent form, at any medical institution or provider, stating you understand the benefits of a procedure to your goals, would you even begin to imagine that an intimate examination by a student who is unlicensed conducted for the purpose of them practicing their clinical skills could possibly be covered under that language? Interestingly enough, medical students from various states have expressed discomfort conducting intimate examinations on patients for the purpose of practice without knowing whether that patient has given direct and informed consent, but did not feel at liberty to voice their discomfort or opt out. We aren’t asking for much. We aren’t asking teaching institutions to sacrifice the educational opportunities they offer their students, or to take opportunities away from students. We are simply insisting that those opportunities only be offered with the consent of the patients whose bodies they are using. We are insisting that exploitation and abuse no longer play a role in the medical education of our state’s future doctors, and that they are taught the importance of consent early on. And we are insisting that our laws protect us from the dehumanization and indignity of being turned into living teaching tools without our consent. Hospitals exist to serve their patients - patients do not exist to serve hospitals, and we do not owe hospitals the use of our bodies in exchange for necessary healthcare. *Disclaimer - Yale is referred to in this petition due to their 2019 public testimony in opposition to SB 16. It is not the intent of this petition to accuse or in any way allege that the Yale School of Medicine or any of its affiliates or students have ever participated in or are currently participating in these practices.* If you are a Connecticut resident just becoming aware of this practice, please join us in standing up and saying enough by signing this petition and contacting your state representative and senator. If you live outside of Connecticut, please stand in solidarity with our state’s residents and in demanding justice and protection for us when we are at our most vulnerable. In addition to signing below, please consider reaching out to the Public Health Committee at (email@example.com or by phone at (860) 240‑0560. If you are a Connecticut resident, please consider reaching out to your state representative (if you unsure of who yours is, you can find out https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/cgafindleg.asp If you would like to learn more about this issue, please have a look at the following articles: Explicit Consent for Pelvic and Prostate Exams: A Case for CT House Bill 5067https://ctexaminer.com/2021/03/20/explicit-consent-for-pelvic-and-prostate-exams-a-case-for-ct-house-bill-5067/ Providers Are Sexually Assaulting Patients — and It’s Legalhttps://www.healthline.com/health/nonconsensual-internal-exams-sexual-assault#1 Medical Students Regularly Practice Pelvic Exams On Unconscious Patients. https://www.elle.com/life-love/a28125604/nonconsensual-pelvic-exams-teaching-hospitals/