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 firstname.lastname@example.org - Cathy Connolly email@example.com - Matt Greene firstname.lastname@example.org - Glenn Moniz email@example.com
Big Horn County: Elaine Harvey firstname.lastname@example.org (also Park County) - Lorraine Quarberg email@example.com (also Hot Springs and Park Counties)
Campbell County: Gregg Blikre firstname.lastname@example.org - Norine Kasperik email@example.com - Tom Lubnau firstname.lastname@example.org - Sue Wallis email@example.com
Carbon County: Donald Burkhart firstname.lastname@example.org (bill sponsor) - Jeb Steward email@example.com (also Albany County)
Converse County: Richard Cannady firstname.lastname@example.org - Frank Peasley email@example.com (also Platte County)
Crook County: Mark Semlek firstname.lastname@example.org (also Weston County)
Fremont County: Rita Campbell email@example.com - Patrick Goggles firstname.lastname@example.org - Del McOmie email@example.com - David Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Goshen County: Ed Buchanan email@example.com - Matt Teeters firstname.lastname@example.org (also Platte County)
Johnson County: Michael Madden email@example.com (also Sheridan County)
Laramie County: James Byrd firstname.lastname@example.org - Amy Edmonds email@example.com (bill sponsor) - John Eklund firstname.lastname@example.org - Ken Esquibel email@example.com - Pete Illoway firstname.lastname@example.org - Bob Nicholas email@example.com - Bryan Pedersen firstname.lastname@example.org - Mary Throne email@example.com - Dan Zwonitzer firstname.lastname@example.org - Dave Zwonitzer email@example.com
Lincoln County: Kathy Davison firstname.lastname@example.org (also Sublette and Sweetwater Counties) (bill sponsor) - Robert McKim email@example.com (bill sponsor)
Natrona County: Bob Brechtel firstname.lastname@example.org (lead bill sponsor) - Gerald Gay email@example.com - Steve Harshman firstname.lastname@example.org - Kendell Kroeker (bill sponsor) - Thomas Lockhart email@example.com - Bunky Loucks firstname.lastname@example.org (bill sponsor) - Tom Reeder email@example.com (bill sponsor) - Tim Stubson firstname.lastname@example.org
Niobrara County: Hans Hunt email@example.com (also Weston, Converse, and Goshen Counties)
Park County: Dave Bonner firstname.lastname@example.org - Pat Childers email@example.com - Samuel Krone firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheridan County: Rose Berger email@example.com - Jon Botten firstname.lastname@example.org - John Patton email@example.com
Sweetwater County: Joe Barbuto firstname.lastname@example.org (also Fremont County) - Stan Blake email@example.com - Bernadine Craft firstname.lastname@example.org - John Freeman email@example.com
Teton County: Keith Gingery firstname.lastname@example.org (also Fremont County) - Ruth Ann Petroff email@example.com - Jim Roscoe firstname.lastname@example.org (also Lincoln and Sublette Counties)
Uinta County: Allen Jaggi email@example.com (also Sweetwater County) (bill sponsor) - Owen Petersen firstname.lastname@example.org - Clarence Vranish email@example.com
Washakie County: Mike Greear firstname.lastname@example.org