In my last post the issue of Arizona SB1157 was discussed. The bill is now moving forward. Unfortunately. What is this bill? The bill severely limits the ability of licensed midwives to assist women in childbirth. Lies were told and the bill moved forward. This is a sad day for liberty. Please continue to email your senators, retweet tweets and follow the #SB1157 hashtag on twitter and facebook.
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What lies were told at the reading of AZ SB 1157?
2) Senator Ward indicates that she’s prolife (and yes, I am as well as are many others who support homebirth. In fact there are prolife midwives too!) and indicates a child should have a choice “a choice not to die” as quoted in a popular AZ paper. This is sad. Babies die in cesareans, babies die in regular “normal” hospital births. Let’s also follow Senator Ward’s money trail too. Most came from herself, but look at who is listed there: Arizona Medical Association.
Note regarding money given by Arizona Medical Association to people who are elected to represent PEOPLE, not the profit of companies: Nearly 70% of their money goes to republicans. On top of that, you can see they donated to cause called “health care freedom.” What a load of bull.
How did the committee vote on AZ SB1157?
I obviously was not there but the session was videotaped and the lies that were told will come to light.
The other missing link is that a committee agreed upon regulations for homebirths. This is just as much about the rights of mothers and children (aka liberty) as it is about the state oversight versus a proposed “senate” taking over what homebirth midwives can or cannot do. How does that make sense?
Below is a list of statutes that are oversight, including agreed scope of practice on the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- As of July 1, 2013 the following rules were in effect:
- R9-16-101 through R9-16-107 (the administrative sections)
- R9-16-108, midwife’s responsibilities;
scope of practice: §§(A), and (C) through (H)
- R9-16-108(I) §§ (1) &: ( 2)
- R9-16-108(I)(5) through (9)
- R9-16-108(J)(1), (3), (5), and (6)
- R9-16-108(K) & (L)
- R9-16-111, Prohibited practice, Transfer of Care: §§(A) & (B) and (F) through (I)
- R9-16-112, Required Consultation
- R9-16-113, Emergency Measures
- R9-16-114, Midwife Report after Termination of Midwifery Services
- R9-16-115, Client and Newborn Records
- R9-16-116. Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of License; Civil Penalties; Procedures
- While R9-16-117, Midwifery Advisory Committee is technically in effect (we have been accepting applications since Jul 1, 2013, and decisions about membership appointments will be made on or before August 30, 2013) their initial work will be to develop the informed consents for a client to waive critical tests and their due date for those consents has been set for October 1, 2013.
- As of October 1, 2013 the following rules will be in effect:
- R9-16-108(I)(3) & (4)
- R9-16-109. Informed Consent for Midwifery Services
- R9-16-110. Assertion to Decline Required Tests
- As of July 1, 2014 the following rules will be in effect:
- R9-16-108 Subsections (B), (C)(1)(b), (C)(1)(d) and (J)(2) and (4).
The bottom line is this:
Families are losing rights in a country that claims to be “land of the free.”
SB1157 in AZ is just another example of this.