KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK; KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!!!

30 July 2008 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

An update on our progress from an MFOM member..

I know everyone’s been working very, very hard to support the Midwifery
Bill (Senate 2636). As a direct result of all your efforts, Rep. Kay
Khan, our bill’s sponsor, was invited to a meeting with Speaker DiMasi
and Rep. Pedone–the Worcester rep. who has a “hold” on our bill, met
with Rep. Khan to discuss some language changes and request we to call
off our troops and reconvene in September.

Pedone is getting lots of pressure from constituents–many, many thanks
to all the efforts you’ve all made in the Worcester area. Erica
Beecher, a Worcester CPM, was literally going door to door, getting her
neighbors to call in support of the bill.

The House is still in session–they’ll run late tonight and tomorrow to
get as much done as they can before the clock runs out tomorrow.

So the message is: Keep the pressure on.

The docs (ACOG and AMA) are pulling out all the stops now and were at
the State House today lobbying against us. To them, we look smaller
than David did to Goliath.

I know we’re all tired, but now, more than ever, we need you all to keep
calling–even if you already have–AND to spread the word. We’re
fighting the good fight and we’ve come unbelievably far against
incredible odds–all thanks to you.

Please call again and help us to keep the pressure on to get the bill
passed *this session.*

If your rep is one of the listed below, it is so crucial that you call
them to ask them to tell the Speaker to pass the midwifery bill through
this session. If your rep is listed in the second group, they’ve signed
the letter, but it’s very important to say the same thing and add a word
of gratitude for supporting the bill–plus we want to make sure they
don’t waiver under the pressure from ACOG and the AMA.

Please mail us at info.mfom.org to let us know who you called and, if
you reach a person, what they said.

It is a wonderful way to support us in 3 minutes or less! Calling after
hours is fine–just leave a message with your name, address, and phone
number voicing your support off the bill.

Reps who have NOT signed the bill
*Barrows, Fred* – Norwood
Binienda, John – Worcester and Leicester
Casey, Paul – Stoneham/Wincester
Conroy, Tom – Lincoln, Sudbury, Wayland
Costello, Michael – Newburyport
DeLeo, Robert – Winthrop
Ehrlich, Lori – Marblehead/Swampscott/parts of Lynn
Fernandez, John – Milford
Fresolo, John – Worcester

*Gobi, Anne* – Spencer (She did not sign, but supports the bill and
asked Pedone to remove his hold.)
*Hargraves, Robert* – Groton
*Harkins, Lida* – Needham
Kafka, Louis – Sharon
*Koutoujian, Peter *- Newton/Waltham/Watertown
L’Italien, Barbara – Andover (supportive)
Loscocco, Paul – Holliston/Hopkinton/parts Southborough/Westborough
*Malia, Elizabeth* – Boston(11th Suffolk)
Murphy, James – Weymouth
Naughton, Harold – Northborough
Petrolati, Thomas – Ludlow/Chicopee/Parts Springfield
Polito, Karyn – Shrewsbury, parts Westborough
*Rogers, John* – Norwood/Walpole
Sanchez, Jeffrey – Brookline/Boston
Scaccia, Angelo – Milton
Speliotis, Theodore – Danvers/Topsfield/part of Peabody
*Spellane, Robert *- Worcester
*Speranzo, Christopher *- Pittsfield
Stanley, Harriett – Waltham
*St. Fleur, Marie – *Boston
*Sullivan, David* – Fall River
Tobin, Stephen – Quincy
*Vallee, James *- Franklin
*Walrath, Patricia *- Hudson, Maynard, Stow, Bolton
Webster, Daniel – Duxbury/Halifax/Hanson/Pembroke

The following 54 Reps. signed Kay Khan’s letter to Speaker DiMasi – if
you live in their district, please call with a thank you and remind them
you’re counting on their ongoing support.

Allen
Atkins
Balser
Bradley
Brownsberger
Callahan
Canavan
Canessa
Clark
Coakley-Rivera
Creedon
D’Amico
deMacedo
DiNatale
Driscoll
Eldridge
Evangelidis
Falzone
Flanagan
Forry
Fox
Garballey
Grant
Hall
Hill
Hynes
Kaufman
Kocot
Kulik
Linsky
Moran
Murphy, Charles
Natale
Patrick
Peake
Peisch
Pignatelli
Provost
Richardson
Ross
Rush
Sannicandro
Scibak
Sciortino
Smizik
Smola
Story
Toomey
Torrisi
Wallace
Walsh, Martin
Walz
Wolf

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for such incredible activism you have
already offered to Massachusetts women and families!!!

Keep the pressure on and SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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