My work with the Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth (CBRS) bill started when I was asked to take part in a conference call back on January 29th, 2007 hosted by the MISS Foundation. I listened to valuable information regarding the status of the bill and was asking myself "What can I do?"
I became motivated. I wanted recognition of the birth process I endured for our daughter. So, I sought out parents all over NYS that had suffered the tragedy of a stillbirth and asked for their help. A group of us secured a meeting with Assemblyman Gottfried that March and he agreed to redraft the bill. With his support, we had a new bill and a new Assembly sponsor - Janele Hyer-Spencer.
In June 2007, our bill passed the Senate 59-2 but stalled in the Assembly with the Ways & Means Committee with the end of session.
Now that session has resumed for 2008, I, along with a motivated group of parents in NY, am working diligently for the passage of our bill in the Assembly.
We ask that you contact your Assembly member and use the sample letter to ask for their support. Ask your family, friends, etc to do the same. Your Assembly member wants to hear from you. They won't know the importance of this bill unless you tell them.
Thank you for your support.