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women's health

99 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Carl Heastie, Brian Kolb, Donald J. Trump

Impeach governor Quomo

The great State of New York has been compromised. Some liberal extremis have stolen elections usurping the power of the people. Governor Cuomo is one of those such liberal extremist. He has taken it upon himself to champion so many pieces of legislation and taken actions that are in direct conflict with the will of the American people and the citizens of the State of New York. This latest bill which legalizes late term abortion is categorically against the very essence of the will of New York. It is illegal to have a death sentence in New York, however it is now perfectly legal to take the life of those who are least able to defend themselves.This is all done to benefit big pharmaceutical companies who take advantage of these little babies in order to harvest their organs and other tissue for vaccines, and other other activities that disregard life and health. This is a most grievous and heinous act.I believe that we must petition to have governor Cuomo impeached and removed from office. We the people of New York implore the state assembly to move forward with impeachment proceedings, and in parallel effort we submit a formal request to president trump to remove governor cuomo from office.  Again, it has been proven time and again that children in the womb are alive. They are alive from the very conception of LIFE! These babies feel pain and we have now made it legal for the one and only memory they have to be of fear and hate. Let us come together, and remove this tyrant from office! Thank you, God-bless America and God-bless the State of New York.

Andre Barnett
4,412 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Charlie Baker, Robert A. DeLeo, Harriette L. Chandler, Karen E. Spilka

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 2017, 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
302,284 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to California State Senate, Nancy Pelosi, California Governor, California State House, Kamala D. Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, Paul Cook, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara Lee, Darrell E. Issa, Ken Calvert, Adam B. Schiff, Eric Swalwell, Jared Huffman, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass

End Child Marriage in California

Current marriage age exception laws in CA offer dangerous loopholes to predators who can and do use them to exploit children. My Story: My name is Sara Tasneem, and I am a child marriage survivor who is advocating to end child marriage in California. At just fifteen, I was forced by my father to marry a 28 year old stranger. Sadly, I am not alone, a recent report showed that: "Between 2000 and 2015, at least 207,459 minors were married in the United States", and 86% of child marriages happen to girls marrying adult men. Many Americans are unaware that children across the United States are legally able to marry. State laws govern marriage age laws and 48 out of 50 states allow children under the age of 18 to marry with parental consent, or if there is a pregnancy involved. Join me in fighting to end child marriage in CA today! Child Marriage is legal in 48 out of the 50 states in the US Ending child marriage in the United States is an uphill battle because each state must approve new bills limiting the age of marriage to 18.  Many states, including California, are reticent to pass such bills because of age-old patriarchal views of marriage and pregnancy. Recently, Delaware and New Jersey passed the marriage laws to limit the age of marriage to 18 with no exceptions. After the age of 18 individuals are considered adults and they can access the vital services that they might need if they experience abuse, or want to divorce their partners. Child marriage in California: In California there is NO age limit for a minor to marry with parental consent and Judicial review.  What is problem with these laws? Minors are easily coerced and forced into marriages especially when raised in an abusive household. Parental consent can mean force and abuse if a minor does not comply with a marriage chosen for them. Once they have been forced into a marriage it is extremely difficult to leave. Child Marriage is considered a HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE internationally and domestically, but there are very few laws which prevent it. Here is a small list of significant roadblocks that minors face in California when trying to leave an abusive forced marriage. Minors who marry are THREE TIMES more likely to experience abuse within their marriages. Shelters will not take minors in without parental consent, and often minors are turned away or sent to youth shelters where there is a lack of bed space. Minors cannot enter into contracts thus, it is difficult to find an attorney that will take on a minor’s divorce. Minors are not allowed to get driver’s licenses until after 16 (with parental consent). Minors are not allowed to work in some states until 15-16 years old (with parental consent). Many minors who marry are often forced to drop out of school limiting their ability to get jobs, or future opportunities. Minors who marry are faced with serious health risks, and often have more children than their adult counterparts. Minors who marry suffer from higher complications in childbirth, and higher rates of mental health issues.   Forced child marriage can often be inter-generational and many minors who are forced into marriages suffer from multiple layers of abuse. The solution: END CHILD MARRIAGE FOR GOOD, limit marriage to adults only (18 years+).   References: http://apps.frontline.org/child-marriage-by-the-numbers/ Learn more: https://endchildmarriageus.org/ My advocacy work and contact information: https://tasneemsfadvocacy.home.blog/

Sara Tasneem
2,487 supporters