Monthly Archives: May 2011

Call Your IL Rep NOW!

HB 3027 is ready for a vote by the full House.  It will be close.  So, please make a final push Tuesday morning.

  • Generate as many calls as possible to state representatives: 217-782-2000.
  • Look up representatives here:
  • Tell state representatives: “Vote YES on HB 3027! Support sex education!”

After a very lively debate, the motions to concur with the Senate amendments passed out of the House Human Services Committee with 6 voting yes and 4 voting no.

Despite the fact that we have been focused on lobbying for votes, we’ve had numerous legislators sign on as co-sponsors without being asked.  New legislators Derrick Smith (D-10) and Kimberly du Buclet (D-26) are among the co-sponsors.  It’s great to see two brand new members who are willing to stand up for our cause!

We’ve also had a last minute change of lead sponsor at the request and encouragement of our original House sponsor, Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D-7).  Rep. Camille Lilly (D-78) is our new sponsor.  Rep. Yarbrough remains committed to the bill and will speak in support during debate before the full House.

Here is our new sponsor lineup: Rep. Camille Y Lilly – Karen A. Yarbrough – Robyn Gabel – Sara Feigenholtz – Barbara Flynn CurrieMonique D. Davis,Derrick SmithKimberly du Buclet, Elizabeth HernandezConstance A. HowardMaria Antonia Berrios, Dena M. Carli, Naomi D. Jakobsson and Marlow H. Colvin




Send a TIRE to Kansas Rep Pete DeGraaf!

Kansas NOW has a great action – for a $5 donation, they will send Kansas Rep Peter DeGraaf a tire! Check it out:

Or you can go directly to their website for brief information and to donate:

Why would you want to do such a thing, you ask? Well, you must have missed his oh-so-charming remarks this week. That’s okay, we have the story for you here:

“Kansas representative Pete DeGraaf is fighting for a bill that would exclude abortion coverage in cases of rape. He thinks the state should stay out of that problem, and it should just be something that women “plan ahead for”:

Bollier asked him, “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?”

DeGraaf drew groans of protest from some House members when he responded, “I have a spare tire on my car.” “I also have life insurance,”he added. “I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”

You heard the man, ladies. You should all just get organized and make plans now for the aftermath of your rape. Maybe set up a cookie jar in the kitchen and tuck a dollar bill in it now and then, as your rainy day rape abortion fund. Your supportive boy friends and spouses can cheerfully contribute, too, and if you’re a member of a lesbian couple, you could have a matching pair (for cute!). Get one for your daughters, too, and start them on saving a little bit every year — after all, young girls get raped, too, so you might as well make it a regular feature of their lives.

By the way, the compassionate Pete DeGraaf is also an associate pastor. I am not surprised.”

If you’re still reading…stop! and head over to Kansas NOW’s website right. now. !