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Humanists of Colorado Message Board › NEED LETTERS TO GOVERNOR STAT

NEED LETTERS TO GOVERNOR STAT

Linda R.
LindaRosaRN
Loveland, CO
Post #: 331
Dear Humanists,

Gov. Hickenlooper has yet to sign the mental health and midwifery bills.

I urge you to write the governor, advising him to NOT sign these two bills:

SB-088 (midwifery sunset bill)

SB-187 (mental health sunset bill).


Opinions can be sent to him here:

http://www.colorado.g...­

Some of the reasons to oppose the bills are below. Even a short note saying you oppose these bills for public safety reasons would help.

If you help with this, please do it by tomorrow latest.

Thanks, Linda Rosa
Colorado Citizens for Science in Medicine

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"Direct Entry Midwives" (DEMs) bill:

1.) DEMs are poorly trained and engage in scientifically-unvalidated practices (herbals, dietary supplements, homeopathy, crystals, vibrational medicine, placenta medicine, etc.) One of eight lay midwife "certification" programs is operated at Bastyr, the foremost naturopath "college."

2.) Colorado DEMs have a perinatal mortality rate that is ten times the norm for low-risk pregnancies (2009), but their business websites commonly mislead the public that their services are "safer" than hospital care and that timely emergency care is possible.

3.) SB-088 does not require DEMs to carry liability insurance.

4.) SB-088 grants additional practice privileges to DEMs (e.g. IVs and Pitocin) for which they will have inadequate training and experience to manage.

5.) DEMs are ideologically-driven and have little or no respect for science and medical professionals. Complaints of injuries and deaths demonstrate that they ignore the most obvious and well-known warning signs, such as bleeding, meconium staining, sustained low fetal heart rate, extreme and unrelenting labor pain, and a spike in maternal blood pressure. The safety of the fetus and newborn is a secondary consideration -- secondary to an "empowerment" event.

6.) An ambiguous amendment may give DORA the authority to permit DEMs to do suturing of perineal tears in the home.


Mental Health sunset bill:

Colorado is unique in allowing laypersons to practice psychotherapy -- since 1988 when the category was probably created to accommodate clergy who counseled parishioners. Today, many of these unlicensed psychotherapists practice scientifically-unvalidated and potentially dangerous forms of pseudo-psychotherapy, charging the public $60-125/hour.

There is no provision that even bans this class of lay practitioner from treating children.

In just changing the title "unlicensed psychotherapist" to "registered psychotherapist," this bill will allow these uneducated (not even a high school education is required) and untrained laypersons to collect mandatory reimbursements from the State of Colorado and private insurance companies. This is essentially Colorado's full employment bill, and potentially could even bankrupt the State.

With 2,700 such practitioners in the State at present, this bill will cost the State and private insurers anywhere from $160M to $640M per year.
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