House Joint Resolution No. HJ0007, "Resolution-conscience rights," passed introduction on Friday and passed out of the House Education Committee yesterday. This anti-choice resolution has now gone back to the full Wyoming House of Representatives for consideration and will likely come up on "General File" for a vote in the next day or two.
HJ7 calls upon President Obama to reverse a rule issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requiring insurance coverage of all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods as well as sterilization without a co-pay or deductible. The rule excludes churches/houses of worship and makes accommodations for religiously affiliated employers such as universities and hospitals. HJ7 would put the Wyoming Legislature on record as opposing health insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization.
State Representatives need to hear from us and realize that there is significant opposition to this resolution. Please look below for a list of Representatives by county with e-mail addresses. Please send an e-mail to your Representative (or all of the Representatives for your county). Include your city/town as well as your name in any e-mails you send so the Representative(s) know that you live in their area. You may also leave a message at the Voter Hotline -- 866-996-8683 (777-8683 in Cheyenne) -- for your county's delegation to "Vote NO on House Joint Resolution 7". Or, use the Online Hotline to contact your representative.
Our Primary Concerns:
• The HHS rule on essential services is not about government mandates. This is about the importance of reproductive medical care and women's health. HHS heeded the findings of an independent panel of experts, the Institute of Medicine, which recommended that birth control be included as a preventive health care benefit.
• Forcing women to pay out-of-pocket for contraceptives puts an unfair, discriminatory cost burden on a certain segment of society, and women may choose not to use the most effective form of birth control due to cost concerns.
• Birth control pills are sometimes prescribed and used for many other medical conditions. Allowing employers to exclude contraceptives from health insurance plans could also prove costly to individuals with such conditions.
• Contraception helps prevent unintended pregnancies, improves the quality of women's lives, and reduces the need for abortion.
Email Your Representative and ask them to Vote NO on HJ7:
Albany County: Kermit Brown email@example.com - Cathy Connolly firstname.lastname@example.org - Matt Greene email@example.com - Glenn Moniz firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Horn County: Elaine Harvey email@example.com (also Park County) - Lorraine Quarberg firstname.lastname@example.org (also Hot Springs and Park Counties)
Campbell County: Gregg Blikre email@example.com - Norine Kasperik firstname.lastname@example.org - Tom Lubnau email@example.com - Sue Wallis firstname.lastname@example.org
Carbon County: Donald Burkhart email@example.com (bill sponsor) - Jeb Steward firstname.lastname@example.org (also Albany County)
Converse County: Richard Cannady email@example.com - Frank Peasley firstname.lastname@example.org (also Platte County)
Crook County: Mark Semlek email@example.com (also Weston County)
Fremont County: Rita Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org - Patrick Goggles email@example.com - Del McOmie firstname.lastname@example.org - David Miller email@example.com
Goshen County: Ed Buchanan firstname.lastname@example.org - Matt Teeters email@example.com (also Platte County)
Johnson County: Michael Madden firstname.lastname@example.org (also Sheridan County)
Laramie County: James Byrd email@example.com - Amy Edmonds firstname.lastname@example.org (bill sponsor) - John Eklund email@example.com - Ken Esquibel firstname.lastname@example.org - Pete Illoway email@example.com - Bob Nicholas firstname.lastname@example.org - Bryan Pedersen email@example.com - Mary Throne firstname.lastname@example.org - Dan Zwonitzer email@example.com - Dave Zwonitzer firstname.lastname@example.org
Lincoln County: Kathy Davison email@example.com (also Sublette and Sweetwater Counties) (bill sponsor) - Robert McKim firstname.lastname@example.org (bill sponsor)
Natrona County: Bob Brechtel email@example.com (lead bill sponsor) - Gerald Gay firstname.lastname@example.org - Steve Harshman email@example.com - Kendell Kroeker (bill sponsor) - Thomas Lockhart firstname.lastname@example.org - Bunky Loucks email@example.com (bill sponsor) - Tom Reeder firstname.lastname@example.org (bill sponsor) - Tim Stubson email@example.com
Niobrara County: Hans Hunt firstname.lastname@example.org (also Weston, Converse, and Goshen Counties)
Park County: Dave Bonner email@example.com - Pat Childers firstname.lastname@example.org - Samuel Krone email@example.com
Sheridan County: Rose Berger firstname.lastname@example.org - Jon Botten email@example.com - John Patton firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweetwater County: Joe Barbuto email@example.com (also Fremont County) - Stan Blake firstname.lastname@example.org - Bernadine Craft email@example.com - John Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org
Teton County: Keith Gingery email@example.com (also Fremont County) - Ruth Ann Petroff firstname.lastname@example.org - Jim Roscoe email@example.com (also Lincoln and Sublette Counties)
Uinta County: Allen Jaggi firstname.lastname@example.org (also Sweetwater County) (bill sponsor) - Owen Petersen email@example.com - Clarence Vranish firstname.lastname@example.org
Washakie County: Mike Greear email@example.com