I wasn't sure where to post this--it's not an "actionable" item really, and there's already an "Activism" thread going about what to do.
I just wanted to send some special thoughts, prayers, and vibes to you Illinois birthies out there!
As you're probably aware, Illinoisans are desperately trying to pass the home birth safety act to allow licensed CPMs. With the AMA headquartered there and an otherwise strong "medigarchy" controlling public policy, these brave activists have nothing short of an uphill battle.
This has been on my brain especially because I descend from an Illinois midwife who practiced in the Peoria area during the mid-19th century. Then I read this piece
(written a few years ago, but still pretty on-target) and started thinking about how the poor woman must be rolling in her grave right now!
Opponents of this bill, in the end, will fail. I'm truly optimistic. They cannot produce one reasonable argument in favor of treating Certified Professional Midwives as common criminals, and anybody with a shred of intellectual honesty knows it.
Good luck, Illinois! No matter how many tries it takes, you WILL succeed!!
Oh, and would one of you please post updates??? TIA!