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The GLBT Safe Place Program strives to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on Michigan Tech's campus. Through education, advocacy, and awareness, the program contributes to an open campus climate that is safe and accepting of all members of the University community.
What is the Safe Place Program?
The Safe Place Program is a campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, acceptance and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in the University community.
I am writing to oppose the so-called "conscience" rule recently submitted by Secretary Leavitt. This regulation poses a serious threat to women's health care by limiting the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate health information and services.
At a time when more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault, we find our health care system is in crisis and our president taking steps to deny access to basic care. Women's ability to manage their own health care is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology.
As a college student in northern Michigan, my ability to access health care is extremely limited. In the town where I attend school, I have one place to go. If this were taken away from me due to "conscience," the next nearest place I could go would be two hours away - prohibitively expensive, in terms of gas. The situation is even worse for other students who are not able to afford a vehicle at all.
This proposal ignores the plight of men, women, and children whose funds are limited. Many of them can barely afford birth control and minimum women's health care as it is. To risk removing their local access to it is nothing short of criminal.
UPDATE 2: To comment on the regulation, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify the subject as “provider conscience regulation.” Know that all comments will be available for public viewing in their entirety. Here is the full content of the proposed regulation (pdf) — for other methods of comment, see page 2. (Thank you, MB!)
Economic factors included:
* [The leader] fought many wars, bringing [the country] to the verge of bankruptcy, and [he] supported [the wars of other countries], exacerbating the precarious financial condition of the government. The national debt amounted to [unprecedented numbers]. The social burdens caused by war included the huge war debt, made worse by the [government's] military failures and ineptitude, and the lack of social services for war veterans.
* An inefficient and antiquated financial system unable to manage the national debt, both caused and exacerbated by the burden of a grossly inequitable system of taxation.
* The continued conspicuous consumption of the [upper] class, especially [those in positions of political power], despite the financial burden on the populace.
* High unemployment and high [food] prices, causing more money to be spent on food and less in other areas of the economy.
There were also social and political factors [...]:
* Resentment of [political] absolutism.
* Resentment by the ambitious professional and mercantile classes towards [upper class] privileges and dominance in public life, many of whom were familiar with the lives of their peers in commercial cities in [neighboring countries].
* Resentment by [the poor, working class, and middle class] toward the traditional seigneurial privileges possessed by [the upper class].
Finally, perhaps above all, was the almost total failure of [the leader] and his advisors to deal effectively with any of these problems.