women's health

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Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Sacramento County Board of Supervisors

Keep the Sacramento County partnership going with Saint John's Program for Real Change.

Please ask the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to continue its 15-year partnership with Saint John's Program for Real Change. The most recent homeless count released in July 2017 found 3,665 people living without permanent shelter in Sacramento County and 2,000 of those people living outside. The total number of homeless was the highest number the county has ever recorded. Yet, homeless women and children are most often invisible, go unaccounted for and yet are the most vulnerable. Saint John's Program for Real Change believes that homelessness is a symptom of a variety of multiple and complex issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, emotional and mental health challenges and multi-generational poverty. Saint John’s believes in unleashing the human potential of women and children. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates it costs taxpayers $50,000-$150,0000 to support a homeless person in the system; Sutter Health estimates it costs county taxpayers $49,000 to support a homeless individual in the system.  Saint John’s spends an average of $14,000 annually to support an individual moving from homelessness to independence.  By moving people up and out of the system, Saint John’s approach makes room for more people to be served while saving Sacramento County taxpayers millions of dollars.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach; just as there are multiple pathways which lead to homelessness, multiple pathways must be employed to support those attempting to exit homelessness. Thank you for your support!

Saint John's Program for Real Change
3,238 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to To the El Salvador Legislature

Free Salvadoran woman Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, imprisoned for miscarriage

Amnesty International Group 11 in New York City calls for justice for Teodora del Carmen Vásquez. Teodora has spent the last ten years in jail after being accused of having had an abortion and ultimately being convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’. On Wed, Dec. 13, 2017 the same judges who sent her to prison will review her case and decide her fate. She could be released, but could also remain in prison to complete her sentence.  [UPDATE, 12/9/17: Prosecution requests 5 day delay in case of Salvadoran woman jailed after a miscarriage.] We are asking you to sign this petition, which will be used in a campaign urging El Salvador to free Teodora and to change its draconian abortion laws.  This campaign is fast garnering world-wide attention through I Am Listening internet radio and the Twitter #IAmListening hashtag. Please sign this petition by Tue, Dec 12, 2017. Background In 2007, 9-month pregnant Teodora suffered a stillbirth after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. She called 911, but help did not turn up on time. Instead, several police officers arrived, handcuffed her and arrested her on suspicion of ‘aggravated homicide’ under El Salvador’s ban on abortions. She was presumed guilty of ‘abortion’ rather than the victim of pregnancy complications. Under Salvadoran law all citizens must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, Teodora’s trial was flawed and lacking in due process. Her sentence was based on inconclusive evidence and she faced discrimination of authorities. Being from a poor family, she could not afford an effective legal team to represent her. This is often the case for poor, rural women like Teodora who suffer pregnancy-related complications in El Salvador. They are immediately assumed guilty and sentenced to prison to up to 40 years—the maximum jail terms for this type of crime. Teodora is one of many women in El Salvador convicted of ‘aggravated homicide’ for simply miscarrying and losing their own pregnancies. To help these women it is urgent to overturn the total abortion ban in El Salvador that violates womens' and girls' rights to life, health, and freedom from discrimination and from torture and ill-treatment. International law requires that abortion be decriminalized in all circumstances and that women and girls are guaranteed access to safe and legal abortion both in law and in practice, at a minimum, in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to the life or the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or girl, where there is severe and fatal impairment of the fetus, or where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The total abortion ban also has devastating effects on the children and family of women jailed under this law, who are often unable to see their mothers or relatives for months because they don’t have updated identification papers or they live far from the prison and don’t have the money to pay for transportation and other costs related to the visit. Moreover, families are also placed in dire financial situations when they are compelled to provide for and look after the children of incarcerated women. Teodora has already spent almost ten years in jail. The coming review of her case is an opportunity to change the course of her life and correct the miscarriage of justice. Amnesty International has launched a Twitter campaign #IAmListening and AIUSA Group 11 has set up this online petition urging the El Salvadoran government to guarantee due process in Teodora’s judicial proceedings and ensure she receives the justice she was earlier denied in order for her to achieve her freedom.

AIUSA Group 11
53,625 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence

It is time to stop playing politics with the health & lives of women.

Since taking office in January 2017, the Trump-Pence administration has repeatedly made policy decisions that endanger the health and rights of women and girls around the world. One of the president’s first actions was to announce the dramatic expansion of the inhumane Global Gag Rule (GGR). This expansion of the policy compels foreign NGOs receiving any U.S. health assistance to choose between remaining eligible to receive this funding or providing, referring or advocating for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services using their own, non-U.S. funds. Evidence from previous iterations of the GGR demonstrates that this policy does not reduce abortion rates. In fact, the GGR leads to an increase in the number of unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths by cutting off community access to some of the most effective and experienced local providers of contraception. However, previous implementations of GGR only applied to foreign NGOs providing family planning and reproductive health care—the current administration’s expansion of this policy to all health sectors implicates services for HIV/AIDs, maternal and newborn health, nutrition, malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. The impact of Trump’s Global Gag Rule is likely to be more widely felt and life-threatening as additional health services are now put out of reach of those who need them most. The Trump-Pence administration has compounded the threats of the GGR by continuing to undermine sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. In March 2017, the administration withheld critical development and humanitarian funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the lead agency providing lifesaving reproductive health care in more than 150 countries—including areas affected by conflict and natural disasters. Meanwhile, the President’s FY 2018 budget proposed to eliminate the U.S. international family planning and reproductive program—a proposal so extreme that a Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with a record of attempts to significantly cut international FP/RH funding, was unwilling to entertain it. Tell the Trump-Pence administration it’s time to stop playing politics with the health and lives of women and girls: repeal the Global Gag Rule, restore UNFPA funding and support the U.S. international family planning and reproductive health program.

1,217 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. State Legislators

No Tax On Tampons: Stop Taxing Our Periods! Period.

Aunt Flo is one helluva house guest. She can be painful, messy, and just keeps coming back each month. And, oh yeah, expensive! As anyone who menstruates knows, dealing with a period is a monthly necessity—and a costly one at that. Women spend upwards of $70 a year on sanitary products like tampons and pads. What’s worse, across the U.S., a whopping forty states increase the financial burden of menstruation by charging sales tax on these essential items. Not taxed: a bag of chips. Taxed: a box of tampons. WHAT?! Check out the above map to see if your state is one of the forty that taxes your purchase of tampons, pads, and menstrual cups. For anyone who has a period, these items are a necessity—not an option, not a luxury item—and should be treated as such. Eliminating the Tampon Tax is simply the FAIR and EQUAL thing to do. Change is possible! This summer, Canada made history when its Parliament voted unanimously to eliminate a national tax on menstrual products. Across the pond and down under, women in the U.K. and Australia are insisting their governments do the same. A global movement is underway! Sign this petition, share it with your friends—and let the forty state legislatures that profit from your period know that you won’t stand for it. Join Cosmopolitan in the national movement to Axe the Tampon Tax! #TamponsForAll

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf and Cosmopolitan Magazine
69,929 supporters