Thursday, December 18, 2008

Help us keep our Freedoms

We have been brainstorming to find a near painless way to raise the money needed to pay the $10,000 to our lobbyists this year. We are happy to announce the Each One Reach Five Campaign.

In light of the recent American Medical Associations resolutions to stop access to homebirth and midwife attended birth, we need to pass our licensing bill this year. It will become increasingly difficult in the future to protect this freedom. The AMA and state medical associations are hard at work devising plans to restrict/eliminate your birthing freedoms. The people of Idaho must stand up against this unprecedented move by this trade organization. The future freedoms of all women are at stake nationally and on a state level.

We are asking each person to join 5 new people to Idahoans for Midwives. We would like a minimum $10 donation per new person to help us cover the expensing of passing this years bill. Please send in your filled out form with the $50 to IfM. The address is at the top of the sign up sheet. You can also go directly to the website and do the same. There is a paypal feature. The web address is:

Just think if 500 people send in $10 each, will be half way to our goal. Many of the midwives and friends of midwives, have already made donations of $400, $500 and $1000. If you are in a financial position to donate more, we would greatly appreciate that as well. We are going to create a contributor page to the website for businesses and families that make larger donations. And, if you have other fundraising ideas, we would love to hear them.

Please let all your family, friends and neighbors know that the AMA is trying to strip away our constitutional right to choose where, when, and with whom we give birth. Please discuss with them the importance of sending emails and making phone calls when the bill is in session. If they are willing, they will be notified by email on when they need to communicate with their legislators.

With your help, we can win this battle and protect birthing freedoms in Idaho.

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