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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

Several children have died needlessly in Oregon because their parents refused medical care while relying on prayer. Our state laws were not sufficient to protect them. That's where CHILD proved itself so valuable. The executive director, Rita Swan, moved to our state capitol, helped write new legislation, and sold the bill so successfully that everyone was rushing to endorse it. Such unanimous agreement in our state capitol has never been seen before, but maybe that's because God himself lobbied for its passage. Protecting children is now the law. And all this was accomplished on a shoestring budget.

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Provide more funding, which means I need to write a check.

June 25, 2011

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June 25, 2011

CHILD, Inc. an organization founded to promote equal rights for children to have access to appropriate medical care, has been responsible for bringing to light hundreds of cases throughout the world where children have been physically and psychologically neglected/abused, or have died when their parents have chosen treatment through their religious beliefs or cultural practices and have denied medical evaluation and treatment. In addition, their founders have worked tirelessly with state legislatures in the United States to remove any exemption clause(s) in the statutes that prevent prosecution of parents when such situations occur.

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I've personally experienced psychological abuse and neglect as I watched the death of my brother and the permanent physical disabilities of my sister that occurred due to lack of medical attention/treatment over our lifetime.

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I would like to expand the scope of CHILD to include updating members of current status of all states' exemption clauses.

June 22, 2011

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June 22, 2011

This membership organization (CHILD, Inc.) has been working for nearly 30 years to protect children from the harm, and often death, resulting from not receiving medical care due to the parents' religious beliefs. I joined over 20 years ago, myself, because such a tragedy occured in my family. My nine-year-old sister died of treatable pneumonia because my Christian Science parents refused to seek medical treatment for her. Such parents are protected from prosecution from this kind of child neglect and abuse by various laws in most states, while parents who withhold medical care without the "religious exemption" umbrella are still held accountable under the law. CHILD works to educate the public, the media, and lawmakers about this fundamentally unequal treatment of children who happen to be born into families with religious prohibitions against medical care. CHLD also has had success (most recently in Oregon this year) in getting such religious exemptions removed from the law. It has been shown that where the threat of prosecution exists, the death rates of children, even those children raised by still devout parents, goes down. CHILD does a lot with a little: even small donations go a long way with this extremely efficient operation. It's an honor to be a supporter of CHILD.

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CHILD re-awakened in me the recognition of the injustice of the "religious exemption" laws and has given me an opportunity to support the mission of removing them from the books.

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I would make no changes to CHILD'S mission or to its methods for effecting change. What I would change, if I could, would be to find ways to increase its currently small financial base so that it could do its work more quickly and more broadly.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through research for a screenplay.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To generate the financial wherewithal to increase its activities on behalf of children.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To continue its fight to get religious exemptions removed as shields against prosecution for child neglect, abuse, manslaughter, and murder from the laws of those states which still have them.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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