Equal Rights Amendment

Equal Rights Amendment Update
We are happy to report that the ERA was not called for a vote this week. Thank you for all your hard work to contact your legislators and reach out to others to engage their help on this important issue. Your efforts combined with divine intervention kept the ERA from moving forward. Your voices were truly heard in Springfield this week!

The resolution to ratify the ERA still remains on the table and can still be voted on, but the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House will not meet again until mid January 2018. Click here for more

July 17, 2017

America Neurologist to examine Charlie Gard

Timetable pushed back until at least July 25 for possibly removing Charlie’s ventilator

Charlie Gard
In all the accounts of the emotion-packed hearing over the fate of little Charlie Gard, little attention was paid to the fact that UK High Court of Justice Nicholas Francis had asked an American neurologist if he would be willing to come to London to examine Gard. The only reference to “Dr. I’s.” response was that he seemed to be reluctant to do so.

But, as they say, that was then and today we’re told not only the doctor’s name– Michio Hirano–but that Charlie will be evaluated by the Columbia University Medical Center neurologist next Monday and Tuesday. And that Charlie’s ventilator, which the hospital is determined to unhook post-haste, will not be removed until at least July 25 when Justice Francis says he hopes to have a decision whether he will allow Connie Yates and Chris Gard to take their child to the United States for experimental nucleoside therapy.

Further good news. Dr. Hirano, who specializes in myopathies and other neuromuscular diseases, will “meet with his current immediate care team and other specialists, including a doctor from the Vatican children’s hospital. Charlie’s mother, Connie Yates, fought to attend and was given permission,” according to the Associated Press.

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