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We lost, but we went down fighting. . .

As many of you likely already know, the bill we’ve all been working so hard on—Senate 2636—A Bill to Establish a Board of Midwifery, was not brought to the floor Thursday night for a vote.

Rep. Pedone never lifted his hold on the bill, nor responded positively to repeated attempts over the past two weeks to negotiate proposed language changes in the bill targeted to address his concerns.  Our bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kay Khan, worked tirelessly rallying her colleagues, attempting to reason with Rep. Pedone, and petitioning Speaker DiMasi to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

We launched and sustained an incredible grassroots effort which only gained strength in response to the 2 major medical societies—AMA (American Medical Society) and ACOG (America College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) coming out in full force to oppose us. 

While this opposition made our fight even tougher, it endorses the power of our movement and informs us that working together, we were formidable.  While last night’s result was not what we hoped for, we have laid the groundwork to come back even stronger and more effectively this fall.

We may have lost the battle, but we went down fighting.  And to paraphrase the words of that quixotic cyborg

…We’ll be back.

With many, many thanks to all of you for all your efforts,

Mass Friends of Midwives (www.mfom.org)

info@mfom.org

 

2 August 2008 at 11:59 am Leave a comment


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