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Chicago Area Homebirth Meetup Message Board News, Events, and Advocacy › SB 3712 Homebirth Safety Act Action Alert - Status Clarification

SB 3712 Homebirth Safety Act Action Alert - Status Clarification

Jo Anne L.
Evanston, IL
Post #: 227
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for beginning to make those calls to your legislators. We have heard back from several people now that their legislator says the bill is dead and will not be called this year. This of course is contradictory to what we told you in our last action alert. This email should clarify the issue.

Do you remember early in the year, when we had people call their legislators? They kept hearing that the bill was dead. And, while traditionally, most bills die after once being voted down in committee, technically, they do not always. Though virtually everyone heard the bill was dead, we told them not to believe it and keep calling. Two months later the bill had a new committee and it passed for the first time in 30 years of trying.

Though veto session is traditionally for veto'd bills only, that is not the only thing that gets brought up during that time.
Although you might keep hearing that the bill won't be called, please don't believe it. We can create the opportunity to call for a vote, IF we get the votes. We won't be calling it unless we know it is about 99% sure it will pass. So your legislators "could" be right. But they probably won't be right IF we call and call and get enough YES votes.

Many legislators will say the bill is dead, however, in order to avoided committing, until they understand we will not go away until we get a yes or a no.

The best approach is to let your legislator's aide that you've been told by the group that wrote the bill that they plan to call it in Veto session and you would like to know how s/he will vote when that happens. If s/he cannot commit to a yes vote express your concern that if the bill does not pass, it will leave homebirth babies in the hands of unregulated, unlicensed providers who may or may not be trained. Ask if you can come hear his/her concerns about the bill and possibly answer some of those concerns.

hopefully that will get you a meeting.

Please keep trying and THANK YOU for all you do!!


Rachel Dolan Wickersham, CD(DONA), LCCE
president, Coalition for Illinois Midwifery
vice president, Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives

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