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Actions you can take this week: March 13
Let’s start with some good news for a change.
SB 83, the bill that would allow for an individual to take out a temporary protective order against someone who is stalking them while they reside in the same home overwhelmingly passed in the Senate and crossed over to the House.
HB 520, the bill that expands upon the mental health reform bill passed and signed into law last session, also passed overwhelmingly and is now in the Senate.
Lastly, HB30, the bill that adds antisemitism to the definition of hate crimes passed both chambers and is headed to the Governor’s desk for signature.
Protection of Civil Liberties AND Access to Affordable Healthcare
Twenty state attorneys general (including our own Chris Carr) signed onto a letter to Walgreens threatening them with litigation if they sell or use the mail to provide medication abortion to women in twenty-four states, even where abortion is legal. A copy of the letter is a link in the article. There are several ways to voice your dissatisfaction:
You can contact Walgreens corporate offices at 847-315-2500; ask for the operator, and have him/her transfer you to customer relations. Once there, you can leave a message for management. "I am appalled that Walgreens has chosen to stop selling abortion medication in 24 states. Some of those states, like Alaska, Kansas, Iowa and Montana, still have legal abortion. This decision to put your corporation’s benefit above the health and well-being of your customers is cowardly and appalling. Women will be placed in horrible and even dangerous situations because you choose not to help when you could. Until you reverse this shameful decision I will not shop at your stores and I will encourage others to do the same."
You can also email the following individuals:
Primary Contact Rick Gates - Senior Vice President, Pharmacy and Healthcare, email@example.com
Secondary Contact Lisa Badgley, Senior Vice President, Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org;
AND/OR, you can come to the postcard signing event on Wednesday, March 15 from 4-6 at Ingleside Village Pizza and let them know.
SB140 passed the Senate and has crossed over to the House. It has been assigned to the House Public Health Committee. This bill would restrict the rights of parents across the state of Georgia to make decisions about gender-affirming care for their children. Every major U.S. medical and mental health organization including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Federation of Pediatric Organizations and American Psychological Association supports access to gender-affirming care for transgender young people and adults. Families deserve privacy and respect when it comes to personal health care decisions– decisions that should be left between families and medical providers, without political interference.
Contact the below listed Public Health Committee members with the suggested script: My name is — and I am from —. I want you to vote NO on SB140, the bill that restricts parents’ rights to make decisions about gender-affirming care to their children with gender dysphoria. Every major U.S. medical and mental health organization supports gender-affirming care for transgender young people and adults. Legislators should leave the practice of medicine to medical professionals and decisions about children to their parents.
Sharon Cooper, Chairwoman email@example.com
Dale Washburn, Vice Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Margaret Oliver email@example.com
Teri Anulewicz firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Au email@example.com
Karen Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Cheokas email@example.com
Katie Dempsey firstname.lastname@example.org
Karla Drenner email@example.com
Barry Fleming firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer Frye email@example.com
Houston Gaines firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Hawkins email@example.com
Scott Hilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Houston email@example.com
Karlton Howard firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelly Hutchinson email@example.com
John LaHood firstname.lastname@example.org
Jodi Lott email@example.com
Butch Parrish firstname.lastname@example.org
Clay Pirkle email@example.com
Tremaine “Teddy” Reese firstname.lastname@example.org
Devan Seabaugh email@example.com
Deborah Silcox firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Stoner email@example.com
Darlene Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, it’s a marathon and not a sprint.