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Women's Rights

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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Rusty Glover, Mac McCutcheon, Victor Gaston, Adline Clarke

Stop Forced Adoption in Alabama

Kimberly Rossler decided to place her son for adoption before he was born. She signed a pre-birth consent but was allowed to change her mind. She changed her mind and let everyone know. The prospective adoptive mother found other way in the legal system to gaining custody of the baby. Now, Kimberly is in a long legal battle to get her son back. Here is the story. Kimberly became pregnant with a sweet baby boy and chose to work with an adoption agency called Adoption Rocks in Alabama. They matched her up with Kate Sharp, who planned to adopt the baby. Kimberly then signed a pre-birth contract with Kate Sharp which is a contract that is signed prior to the birth of the baby and the prospective adoptive parent agrees to become financially responsible for the baby. The problem is that this practice has the prospective adoptive parent giving money to the pregnant mother. Giving money in exchange for a baby, no matter how organized or technical is human trafficking. Kimberly went through counseling and decided to raise her son. She informed the director of Adoption Rocks and was dismissed. She informed Kate Sharp, who acknowledged the change of plans. You see, pre-birth contract allows for a mother to change her mind before and after birth. The problem is that since money is involved, it is used to guilt the mother into proceeding with the adoption. The director also told Kimberly that as long as she took her baby home from the hospital then the adoption would not be finalized. Kimberly did both. She notified all parties involved prior to birth that she was keeping her baby and she took her baby home. Once baby Elliott was born, Kimberly took him home and raised him. However, Sharp and Adoption Rocks tracked them down and went to court and lied to a judge about Kimberly's ability to raise her son. They went to a juvenile court and did not say that this was a failed adoption. Without evidence, the juvenile judge ordered police to take Elliott without any warning. Since this happened, the opposing party hastried to get Kimberly arrested, accusing her of violating gag orders, and lying to a judge by saying the Kimberly was running the Bring Baby Elliott Home facebook page, which is not true. They are trying everything to prevent Kimberly from getting her son back. Please sign this petition so other families will not have to deal with this barbaric law. Pre-birth consent leaves to many loopholes for abuse of the legal system. There is a  facebook page, Bring Baby Elliott Home where you can see update. Please also look up other unethical adoptions and custody battles including Baby Jameka Clemons, Baby Camden and his mother Carrie, and the Rob Manzanares case.      

Vicky Medina
1,454 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to National University Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)

Micheline's Three Conditions

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, a botanist for 34 years at NUI Galway, last month won a case against the University who were found to have discriminated against her because of her gender when they failed to promote her to Senior Lecturer. However, five other eligible women lecturers at NUI Galway were also denied promotion in 2009 and have a similarly strong case. Dr Sheehy Skeffington is donating her €70,000 damages to these women to help them pay legal fees to fight the University for their right to be promoted. The fight for women's rights is as important as ever. Women are overwhelmingly under-represented in senior academic roles at third-level institutions in Ireland. Of the Irish institutions examined, NUI Galway has the lowest percentage of women holding senior academic posts with only 21% at Senior Lecturer and above.  In addition, Dr Sheehy Skeffington, granddaughter of famous suffragette Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, has been asked by the University to join a task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. See e.g. http://michelinesthreeconditions.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/events/1503189886613331/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular  Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline's three conditions. When signing the petition, please indicate if you are NUI Galway staff, student, past staff or past student in the Commentary box.  These are Dr Sheehy Skeffington's three conditions:   1.   That NUI Galway promotes the five other women who, along with Dr. Sheehy Skeffington, were interviewed but not promoted in 2009 when only one woman was promoted out of 15 applying but 16 men were promoted out of 32 applying. The women want their promotion back-dated to 2009 but are willing to forgo any damages because it is the recognition of their worth which means most to them.  2.   That NUI Galway admits that the subsequent round of promotions in 2014, for which there have been at least 20 appeals, was also flawed. That NUI Galway immediately puts this right in a way which at least ensures gender balance among the successful candidates.  The only fair way to do this is to promote all the shortlisted candidates, all of whom were deemed eligible, as half of them were female.   3.   That the aim of any attempt by NUI Galway to address the issue of gender imbalance in senior posts be to have an equal number of women as men in such posts and that NUI Galway starts to achieve this aim by promoting the same percentage of women from each level as the percentage of women at that level. According to recent government statistics, in NUI Galway, there are 53% women lecturers (lowest level), but only 30% senior lecturers and 14% professors. For non-academic posts, it is a similar pattern.        

Rose Foley
3,419 supporters