Friday, March 14, 2008

No Heartbeat Act

Hi, everyone. There is something that I desperately want you to do for me. Right now, the Ga House of Representatives is debating and voting on SB 381- The No Heartbeat Act. Basically, what this will do is make it a law in Georgia that allows parents of stillborn children to obtain a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth. Below is information on how you can do this. All you have to do is find your Ga House representative and their email address or phone number. There is a link following to that information. There are also letter templates in the following information. All you have to do is copy it, paste it onto your email, fill in your info and send to your rep. Please do this for me. If you do not live in Georgia, but you know someone who does, please ask them to contact their representative.

Ethan's info: Ethan Isaac Shark Brokhoff, 7 lbs, 2 oz. He was born at Fort Stewart, GA.

Love,Allie


Dear All,
No Heartbeat - SB 381for a CBRS is in the House. The Senate passed this bill for a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth, CBRS, on 2.21.08 - 48 to 0. We can not assume this will happen in the House. We need emails from all over Georgia during the last ten days of this year's Legislative Session. No Heartbeat Act/SB 381 for a CBRS will be voted on in several House committees and then on the House floor.Please, whether you have experienced a stillbirth or not, send a *positive* email (or phone call) to YOUR representative today. Ask your Georgian family and friends to do this as well. NUMBERS of supporters DOES matter. WE MUST SEND a CLEAR MESSAGE - SB 381/CBRS - YES. *Together* - we can make a difference.

Process: FIND YOUR Representative; Use Suggested TEMPLATES

1. Find YOUR Representative's email address and/or phone number:a. http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2007_08/house/ Find YOUR Representative On the left hand column there are various ways for you to "find your representative." You pick the one that is easiest for you. Click on their email address.

b. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/house/07alpha.html If you know your Reps name...go here for email information, etc.

2. Email, Write or/and Call YOUR Representative using one of these suggested formats:

a. A "THANK YOU" Template or Phone Script from YOU, your Georgian FAMILY and FRIENDS"Dear Representative {Your Representative's Last Name},
"I am a constituent from {TOWN or COUNTY}. Thank you for your consideration in voting yes on the "No Heartbeat Act"/SB 381 when it comes to the next House Committee meeting or the House Floor during the last part of Legislative Session 2008. I am a {mother, father, grandmother, aunt, uncle, friend, cousin, etc.) (of a close friend, family member) who has experienced a stillbirth of (our, their) precious child, {Optional: BABY'S NAME and DATE}. This bill would bring (me, them, them and me) and many others much comfort and closure. Thank you for your support.Best Regards, {your name}"

b. A "THANK YOU" Template or Phone Script from YOU if you are a PROFESSIONAL or a SUPPORTER who wishes to support this bill"Dear Representative {Your Representative's Last Name},I am a constituent from {TOWN or COUNTY}. Thank you for your consideration in voting yes on the "No Heartbeat Act"/SB 381 when it comes to the next House Committee meeting or to the House Floor during the last part of Legislative Session 2008. I am a {nurse, social worker, clergy, Stephen's ministry, Hospice Atlanta, Supporter etc.) who supports this important bill. {Its passage will mean a great deal to me because of the work I do with parents who have experienced a stillbirth.} This bill would bring much comfort and closure to the many (1100 each year) Georgian families who have experienced the tragic loss of their baby due to stillbirth. Thank you for your support.Best Regards, {your name}"

3. Fill the template in with YOUR name and correct information. Place this in the Subject Line: "Yes"- "No Heartbeat Act"/SB 381

http://www.shareatlanta.org/legacy/GACBRS.htm For more information on the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth

2 comments:

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your precious child.

I'm also incredibly proud that the MISSing Angels Bill is changing this for so many families.

Instead, though, I wish the tragedy of still birth never happened to families.

Myrna said...

Well said.