Not a very long post today – I am heading down to the State Capitol to meet with some other home birth advocates and a state representative sympathetic to our goal to Kill SB1157.
It was so disheartening to see the bill passed on a party-line vote. I would like to think that people can think for themselves…this was clearly not the case. NO THANK YOU to the four Republican *women* who voted against evidence-based birth. THANK YOU to the Democrats (2 men, 1 woman) who stood up for Arizona’s women and their right to choose their birth place even if they are not what the medical community considers an ideal candidate for home birth.
If I can find it, I will post the video from last week’s meeting so you can watch this dismal facade called “testimony”. It was deplorable how the side for evidence-based birth is held to one standard to fight for their rights, while the medical community is given a pass to even offer one shred of evidence or “gold-standard” research for the “statistics” they offered.
I encourage all of you to get involved with birth politics in your community. Get informed, and form a community of evidence-based advocates. I am sure that ACOG and other anti-home birth factions are watching the proceedings in Arizona…the fight may be on your doorstep before you know it.
Personally, I am looking forward to having some action plans. Hope you all have a great day!
Out of the loop and want the scoop? HERE is a great summary of the bill, why we are opposed to it, and some action steps you can take to advocate for evidence-based home birth from Sink Full of Dishes.