Expand Treatment. Let It Sunset.
With your help, we have been working hard to oppose House Bill 1660, which would permanently extend the harmful fetal assault law. The legislation was heard yesterday. Along with proponents of the law, a doctor, a judge, a treatment advocate and a woman impacted by the law spoke out. You can watch the testimony HERE – go to March 15th and click on “Video”.
The committee seemed moved by the testimony and talked about expanded access to treatment. This is fantastic, but they also discussed the idea of amendments and rolled the bill to next week on Tuesday, March 22nd.
Bottom line: We need to expand access to treatment AND let the fetal assault law sunset. It is not either/or – we have to do both to support the health of women and their babies and begin to address the challenge of addiction in our state.
TAKE ACTION – Let it sunset!
1) Be there with us in Nashville for the hearing on 3/22/16: Join us at the Capitol in Nashville on Tuesday March 22nd for the hearing at 1:30pm to help demonstrate to the committee the strong, growing opposition to the fetal assault law and HB1660 as an effort to extend the law permanently. Click HEREto learn more or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Letter to the Editor: We really need to keep up the conversation in local papers. If you are willing to write a short letter and submit it to a local paper(s), our organizing team can help! Just email us at email@example.com. We will provide talking points, sample letters and instructions for how to send in a letter. It really is easy!
3) Social Media: Post on Facebook and Twitter. This may not seem to make a difference, but it helps to raise awareness and show support for the sunset.
FACEBOOK: I urge the Tennessee legislature to expand access to effective drug treatment and let the fetal assault law sunset. This is what it will take to truly support the health of women and families and begin to address the challenge of addiction in our communities.
#TNleg #letitsunset #healthcarenothandcuffs
TWITTER: #TNleg: Expand treatment access. #LetitSunset! Meet health needs of women & their babies! LINK TO ACTION PAGE. #healthcarenothandcuffs
- Sign our petition: Add your name to a petition calling on Tennessee lawmakers to oppose House Bill 1660, let the fetal assault law sunset and push for effective solutions that support the health of women and their children. Click HERE.
It is important that we keep speaking out to ensure that instead of putting mothers in jail we work to create fair and effective policies. With your help, we will continue to build support for the sunset. With your help, we will make a difference. Reach out if you have questions or ideas. Together, we can make sure that the policies advanced by lawmakers actually help women and families.