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I got this in an email from another loss board I am on. But I think this is so great and is a stepping stone for the rest of the states to follow.
October 15, 2007
The MISS Foundation's California team has been
The MISSing Angels Bill, SB850, was signed into
law Saturday morning by Governor Arnold
As many of you know, over the past four years,
the MISS Foundation has worked to educate policy
makers and legislators on the epidemiological
factors, psychological and traumatic effects, and
etiology related to stillbirth. Unfortunately,
our efforts with the MISSing Angels Bill were met
with vociferous opposition from special interest
groups over the past few years. Their nearly
ceaseless opposition to this piece of legislation
required countless hours from our volunteers and
citizens of the State of California as they
pressured policy makers to do the right thing for
California women and their families.
It is truly a David-and-Goliath story : a small,
grassroots organization, and a team of three
bereaved mothers, facing the most powerful
special interest groups in the nation.
However, on Saturday, October 13, 2007, the
years of tenacity and dedication to this cause
have resulted in the passage of this historic
legislation into law. Thanks to the devotion of
all the volunteers and citizens who met with
legislators, wrote letters to the media and local
lawmakers, and courageously stood up for what is
right, all parents of stillborn babies will now
be able to receive their child's birth
The law will be implemented beginning on Jan. 1,
2008; and the new "Certificates of Still Birth"
will not only be made available for future
stillborn babies, but they will also be
retroactive for all California parents who have
suffered a stillbirth at any point in the past.
Please contact your local county registrar after
the first of the year to obtain more information.
As the founder of the MISS Foundation, I would
like to personally acknowledge the leadership of
three amazing mothers, and their precious
children: Kirsten Pert and her daughter Emma,
Sari Edber and her son, Jacob, and Sunita Param
and her daughter Soraya. Through the tireless
efforts of their mothers, Emma, Jacob, and Soraya
have had a hand in changing history in California.
Fifty years from today, women experiencing the
stillbirth of their babies may not know why they
are able to pay for and receive their baby's
certificate of birth. But they will never have to
know the pain and angst of being denied one,
denied that their child ever existed. And for
that, the MISS Foundation - and I personally- bow
in gratitude to these amazing women.
"Never doubt that a small group of citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has." -- Margaret Mead