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<i>I am copying this from another board. Please call and get everyone you know to call!! We are so close!!</i><br><br>
Please send this to friends and family who are interested in the legislative process being upheld in Missouri. Whether or not they are concerned about midwifery, they likely want to see the right thing done in our legislature.<br><br>
Urgent 2-day Phone Campaign!! We have reached the most critical point of our legislative progress this session. This is the most important call that we've asked you to make this year. We are so close to removing the felony status of midwives in Missouri, yet one Senator is holding up the process.<br><br>
This year, the midwifery bill, which will remove the current felony status of midwives and set up state regulation of midwives in Missouri, has the support of a majority of the state senators and representatives. The bill passed the Senate Committee with a 5-1 vote in its favor.<br><br>
However the top senator, Senator Gibbons, has held the bill back for almost three weeks, not allowing it to be placed on the Senate calendar so the full senate can debate and pass it. If he doesn't allow it to be put on the calendar THIS week, it will basically be a dead bill. This Monday and Tuesday we plan to flood his office with polite but insistent calls urging him to put the bill on the Calendar so that legislative process can work.<br><br>
Senator Gibbons seems to be sitting on this Bill in an attempt to appease the Missouri State Medical Association. We have been in compromise meetings with the medical lobby for several weeks, but though we have been willing to "give" on many points, it has become that evident that they will accept nothing less than complete control over the practice of midwifery in Missouri. Their goal appears to be to regulate midwives out of existence, leaving families no option but to see a physician for maternity care.<br><br>
Senator Gibbons represents Webster Groves and Kirkwood, MO (suburbs of St. Louis). He is running for Attorney General for Missouri and you will see him on the statewide November ballot. Also, in his position as leader of the Missouri Senate, he is accountable to every citizen of the state.<br><br>
Sen. Gibbons is out of the office this week recovering from a recent surgery, but his staff will be conveying messages to him. For our phone campaign to be effective, his capitol must be inundated with thousands of calls on Monday and Tuesday.<br><br>
Please have your spouse, adult child, neighbor, mother-in-law, co-worker… anyone you can think of call him on Monday, March 10 or Tuesday, March 11. Can you generate 5 calls? 15 calls? 50 calls?<br><br>
Every call will make a difference.<br>
If you are willing and able to generate over 20 calls, please contact me for some tips on staggering call times so that people can get through to the office.<br><br>
PLEASE call his office Monday or Tuesday (March 10 & 11), tell them who you are, where you live, and then politely ask his secretary to:<br><br>
Please communicate to the Senator that as a (insert any that apply):<br>
- Constituent<br>
- Potential supporter of his campaign<br>
- Citizen in support of the legislative process (representing the will of the people)<br>
- Homebirth parent, grandparent, concerned citizen, nurse, or whatever describes you<br>
- Republican voter<br><br>
THAT since the midwifery bill has passed committee 5-1, it is time to move the bill to the Senate Calendar and give the full senate a chance to free and open debate on the issue.<br><br>
KEY MESSAGE:<br>
URGE HIM TO MOVE THE MIDWIFERY BILL TO THE SENATE CALENDAR THIS WEEK BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE TO PASS IT!<br><br>
By moving the midwifery bill to the Calendar, Senator Gibbons will be demonstrating his commitment to parental rights, personal freedom and getting rid of government interference with personal healthcare decisions. To cause the bill to die in committee when it has passed with such a strong majority vote, is to block the appropriate legislative process.<br><br>
We plan for the phones to be ringing consistently. If you don't get through the first time, please try several more times throughout the day (or on Tuesday). You may leave a voicemail, but it would be most effective to speak to a member of his office staff. Please remember, be polite but firm! Expect that his staff will make excuses. Be pleasant, but be clear with your message.<br><br>
Senator Gibbons contact information:<br><br>
Senator Michael Gibbons<br>
State Capitol Building, Room 326<br>
Jefferson City, MO 65101<br>
Office: 573-751-2853<br>
Fax: 573-751-8727<br>
Email: [email protected] mo.gov<br><br>
I have pasted in the text of some further tips and "talking points, ".<br><br><br><br>
URGENT - CALLS NEEDED MARCH 10 AND 11!<br><br>
Keep in mind that Senator Gibbons is currently out of the office, recovering from surgery. If the staff mentions that, be prepared to say something like "I'm sorry to hear about his medical condition and will be praying for his quick recovery, but would like to leave a detailed message for him; not speak to him personally." Don't let them brush you off with information that he is not personally in the office (his staff carries on the function and decisions of the office in his absence) or by telling you that "he supports midwifery" or that "he's been working on this issue."<br><br>
If Senator Gibbons' staff tell you that he's supportive of midwifery, respectfully remind them that you will know that he is seriously supportive when he moves the bill to the calendar and gives it a chance to pass this year before it is too late.<br><br>
Please have your spouse, adult child, neighbor, mother-in-law, co-worker… anyone you can think of call him on Monday, March 10 or Tuesday, March 11. Can you generate 5 calls? 15 calls? 50 calls?<br><br>
Every call will make a difference.<br><br>
If possible, call Senator Gibbon's office AND send a fax or email (or all three).<br><br>
Make several attempts to speak with a staff member in person. If you never reach someone personally, please leave a detailed phone message, stating who you are, why you called, and what action you are asking for (to put the midwifery bill on the Senate Calendar this week).<br><br>
PLEASE SMILE AS YOU TALK. IT WILL HELP YOUR VOICE STAY PLEASANT EVEN AS YOU DELIVER SOME ZINGERS. MAINLY, BE CAREFUL NOT TO SOUND SARCASTIC OR TOO ANGRY. JUST BE STRONG AND STEADY. WOMEN, TRY TO TALK MORE DEEPLY IN YOUR VOICE.<br><br><br>
Suggested Salutation Language (feel free to develop your own second sentence as needed):<br><br>
Good morning/afternoon,<br><br>
My name is ____________ ________, and I am a ____________ (profession/ self description - optional) from ____________ _______ (City, Missouri).<br><br>
I am calling to express to Senator Gibbons how disappointed/ upset/frustrated /deeply concerned I am that he has not yet allowed the midwifery bill to be placed on the Senate Calendar.<br><br>
OR :<br><br>
My name is ____________ ________, and I am a ____________ (profession/ self description) from ____________ _______ (City, Missouri). I would like you to convey to Sen. Gibbons my deep concern about the delay on moving Senate Bill 1021 to the Senate Calendar to be debated …<br><br>
Suggested Call Language (feel free to mix and match segments of the language bullets below):<br><br>
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It's not clear to me why this bill hasn't made it to the floor yet or even been put on the calendar since it passed the Missouri Senate Committee on Pensions, General Laws and Veteran's Affairs almost three weeks ago, and there isn't a lot of time left to pass a bill through both chambers before the legislative session ends.<br><br>
I'm so hopeful that Senator Gibbons is allowing the legislative process to work. I would join my friends and colleagues in being very disappointed in him if it seemed like he was trying to do anything other than allowing the time-honored legislative process in Missouri run its natural course.<br><br>
Please give the Senator my strong encouragement to get Senate Bill 1021 on the calendar this week.<br><br>
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I've been growing increasing alarmed and frustrated that the bill has not come out of committee to the floor. We know it passed, and so we want to know WHERE it is and WHEN it is going to be moved to the Senate Calendar and allowed to come up for an up or down vote.<br><br>
The issue I am most upset about is that from where I sit, it looks like democracy is not being allowed to work. It looks like by one simple action – not putting the bill on the calendar – the will of the Missouri Legislature is being thwarted by not allowing them to debate and vote on an issue. I can't stand to think that Senator Gibbons is just sitting on a bill and not allowing it to be put on the Calendar for debate when it has majority support and passed its committee 5-1.<br><br>
Frankly, this is a bigger issue than the midwives bill. This smacks of being unconstitutional and totally shutting down the process of free and open debate. Please tell Senator Gibbons that this is NOT the kind of politics that we want to see in the next Attorney General.<br><br><br>
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I cannot understand why this important health care bill is still stuck and not moving to the Senate floor. Obviously, it could be put on the calendar at any time since it passed out of the Senate Floor from the Missouri Senate Committee on Pensions, General Laws and Veteran's Affairs back in February.<br><br>
I'm a bit nervous that there are strong influences from the medical lobby that are weighing heavily on Senator Gibbons to perhaps kill the bill by just letting it run out of time. This of course would entirely subvert the time-honored legislative process we have in our State, and I'm sure the Senator does NOT want that.<br><br>
Please tell the Senator that I am hopeful that he will place Senate Bill 1021 on the Calendar before Spring Break (this week), and allow the legislative process of fair and open debate to take place regarding this issue.<br><br>
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It seems very strange to me that we're still waiting for this bill to come to the floor, and I had to call your offices to state clearly to Senator Gibbons that he MUST allow the legislative process to work. As he surely knows, there are standard legislative protocols to allow bills to come to the floor for open dialogue, to see an up or down vote.<br><br>
I can't imagine the Senator would block the time-honored legislative process in Missouri from running its natural course. Please share with him my deeply held conviction that without abiding by these protocols and processes, our state political system becomes bankrupt, and that he should prevent this at all costs.<br><br>
Please tell Senator Gibbons to preserve the public trust, and move this Senate Bill 1021 to the Calendar this week.<br><br>
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It occurred to me that perhaps Sen. Gibbons is taking a "wait-and-see" approach to see if the Missouri Supreme Court lifts the blockade on the new midwives law that the medical lobby has fought so hard to put in place. But frankly, my family and I – and MANY of our business colleagues, friends, neighbors and families – want to see more robust legislation legalizing Certified Professional Midwives.<br><br>
We want to see a non-conflicted state licensing board regulating the performance of CPMs and issuing more specific rules and regulations governing exactly what privileges they have. Regardless of how the Missouri Supreme court rules, we want Senate Bill 1021 to come to the floor for an up-or-down vote on the kind of regulation your constituents want.<br><br>
Please tell Senator Gibbons that this week he MUST allow the bill to be moved to the Senate Calendar from the Missouri Senate Committee on Pensions, General Laws and Veteran's Affairs. A bill that has come out of a Senate Committee DESERVES to be moved to the calendar of the Senate. We care about being FAIR.<br><br>
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While I am not from Senator Gibbons district, I understand he is running for Attorney General, and so now he is accountable to ALL voters in the state, not just in his own district.<br><br>
Please communicate to the Senator that as a potential Republican supporter of his campaign, this issue is very important to me because it represents many of the foundational aspects of our party. By placing Senate Bill 1021 on the calendar, he is demonstrating his commitment to parental rights, personal freedom and getting rid of government interference with personal healthcare decisions.<br><br>
I am certainly hopeful to watch Senator Gibbons step up in his leadership role and provide a visible indication of his party's most important tenets. My friends and family are watching too.<br><br>
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I've learned Senator Gibbons is making a run for Attorney General, and so I thought I'd share my thoughts as a prospective Republican supporter of his campaign.<br><br>
It seems to me that the issues he is likely to be running on include:<br><br>
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Consumer Protection – he's working to keep the public safe from untrained midwives.<br>
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Illegal Immigration – he's making sure that every baby born in Missouri has an accurate and secure birth certificate, since birth certificates need to be signed by licensed providers to ensure that they don't get into the wrong hands.<br>
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Fighting for Life – he's certainly understanding that unborn babies shouldn't be put at risk of being delivered by untrained birth attendants or born with no providers at all.<br><br>
These matters are very important to me and my family, as well as to folks I work with and see at church. By placing the midwives bill on the Calendar this week, he will certainly earn our support.<br><br>
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I've been growing increasing alarmed and frustrated that the bill has not come out of committee to the floor. We know it passed, and so we want to know WHERE it is and WHEN it is going to be moved to the Senate Calendar and allowed to come up for an up or down vote.<br><br>
The issue I am most upset about is that from where I sit, it looks like democracy is not being allowed to work. It looks like by one simple action – not putting the bill on the calendar – one office is thwarting the will of the Missouri Legislature by not allowing them to debate and vote on an issue. I can't stand to think that he is just sitting on a bill and not allowing it to be put on the Calendar for debate when it has majority support and passed its committee 5-1.<br><br>
Frankly, this is a bigger issue than the midwives bill. This seems unconstitutional and appears to be effectively shutting down the process of free and open debate. It's not much different than a filibuster. Please tell Senator Gibbons that this is NOT the kind of politics that we want to see in the next Attorney General.<br><br><br><br>
THANK YOU all for your work on this project. We have a huge mountain to move, but with faith, persistence, and hard work, we can do it!!
 

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Any news?
 

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I do know that his office was taking down the info of every one that called. There were quite a few calls. Today was his first day back from surgery and spring break. Hopefully good news just around the corner...
 

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Posting an update for anyone that hasn't heard. `It is on the calendar! Hopefully we will finally get this legal once and for all. I really hope that I don't have to be afraid after my next homebirth.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: Here is <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/08info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=50641" target="_blank">the bill</a>, for the curious.
 

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Oh and a message came through to send thank you cards to Sen. Gibbons too. Here's the part of the message:<br><br>
IMPORTANT ASSIGNMENT - Please write Senator Gibbons<br>
a lovely thank you note<br>
and get it in the mail by Saturday! We need to<br>
flood his office with<br>
gratitude and help them remember how wonderful home<br>
birth families and<br>
supporters are.<br>
Here's the address:<br><br>
Senator Michael Gibbons<br>
State Capitol Building, Room 326<br>
Jefferson City, MO 65101
 
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