Our culture has a history of shying away when it comes to discussing sex, and sex education. We will gladly glorify action and bloodshed, but when our nation’s youngsters begin to be sexually active, we shouldn’t take the easy route by ignoring it. We should applaud California’s comprehensive and modern approach to sexual education, which has led to a large decrease in teenage births.
Recently a women’s reproductive health care clinic purchased air time on popular radio stations, but the ads were pulled for violating ‘decency standards.’ Tell the media company responsible that women’s health care is not indecent, and urge it to reinstate the ads.
A family in California recently became victims of serious injuries resulting from an e-cigarette explosion. They are suing the electronic cigarette company VapCigs after having the device’s battery charger explode and catch on fire. Electronic cigarettes must be better regulated, and the public must be made aware of their dangers.
Rhode Island recently banned the sale of synthetic marijuana and cathinones, also known as ‘bath salts.’ These substances follow no regulations and have the potential to cause a number of side effects, including death. Please sign this petition in support of the ban on selling dangerous and unregulated drugs.
Dairy Company Stonyfield has made a point in the fight against GMOs by recently stating that all of its products are GMO-free. Support and commend the company for a job well done.
A North Dakota judge recently overturned a ban on medical abortion that significantly limited the rights and medical options for women in the state. Tell Judge Wickham Corwin he made the right decision.
Genetically engineered foods sit on our grocery store shelves without any sort of indication that they’ve been altered. Allowing genetically engineered foods to enter our food supply — and the natural world — without our knowledge makes our food and ecological systems deeply vulnerable to the special interests of agribusiness. Congress must require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods in the United States.
In India, over 20 children died from consuming free food that was tainted by an insecticide. Please sign this petition to urge the government to better monitor food distributed to children.
A 13-year legal battle will advance over the paint industry’s role in the use of lead-based paint in millions of residential homes. The substance remains in many houses built before 1978; it has been linked to a host of serious ailments in children. Demand that the court orders the paint industry to remove potentially dangerous lead paint from these homes.
For many towns in Russia, asbestos mining serves as the primary employer and basis of the local economy. Asbestos has been banned in most developed countries as a carcinogen, yet the industry continues to thrive in Russia. Demand one of the country’s focal points for asbestos switch to safer building materials to protect the health of residents.
President Obama has revitalized the fight against HIV/AIDS in the United States by focusing on treatment and prevention. Commend him for taking steps to bring this important issue back to national attention.
As part of a new sex education campaign, clinics in more than 50 NYC high schools are able to distribute emergency contraceptives such as Plan B to students. Commend NYC for being a leader in expanding access to emergency contraceptives and promoting reproductive health and freedom for minors.
The USDA is preparing to approve a new genetically engineered potato, but McDonald’s has the power to make or break this engineered spud’s success. Thanks to their famous fries, McDonald’s is the single largest purchaser of potatoes in the U.S. That’s why we’re calling on McDonald’s right now to commit to not using this genetically engineered potato in their fries.
The excessive use of drugs on livestock is creating diseases that are resistant to antibiotics. The number of human lives lost to drug-resistant diseases has grown tremendously in recent years. Commend efforts to preserve antibiotics for essential medical treatment only.
A recent study reveals that cable news rarely includes health experts in discussions of reproductive rights issues. Tell these mainstream media outlets to diversify and improve their coverage.
Hospital patients are often given a terminal diagnosis and then sent home to deal with the devastating news on their own, often resulting in denial or depression. Demand that all American hospitals require to have on staff a licensed mental health counselor or social worker who specializes in supporting terminally ill patients and their families.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently announced a limit on the level of inorganic arsenic—a potential carcinogen linked to heart problem and diabetes—present in apple juice. Commend the FDA for its efforts in protecting consumers’ health and well-being.
Many U.S. corporations and facilities misidentify or do not report the hazardous and explosive chemicals in use on their premises. As a result, when emergency workers arrive on-scene during a problem, they are not aware of what precautions to take. Please call for the EPA to devote more funds and manpower to auditing the chemical reports they receive.
Hawaii was one of two states to complete the required Affordable Care Act patient study. The study’s findings have allowed the state to better understand patient needs and health concerns. Commend the state’s hospitals for completing the study.
Cases of valley fever have increased across the Southwest United States. This dangerous disease can infect the lungs, eyes, skin, and brain, and can even result in death, yet research into a vaccine has been delayed due to financial issues. Urge the National Institute of Health to allocate funding towards valley fever research.
After an intern was raped during her participation in the Disney College Program, Disney failed to act against the rapist and ridiculed the victim. Tell Disney to take rape seriously by addressing this incident immediately.
Upon hearing that a family friend was in need of a kidney transplantation, a brave and generous woman eagerly donated her kidney. This individual’s courage saved his life. Sign the petition to thank this woman for such a selfless and inspiring act.
The Chinese government has long provided free coal to families in Northern China. Now, a new study has revealed that this policy has caused immense health problems and highly reduced life expectancy in the region. The government of China must take the initiative in providing these families with a safer fuel source.
U.S. hospitals are not required to reveal pricing to patients. This lack of transparency allows hospitals to maximize profits at the expense of their patients. Insist that the federal government mandate transparency in hospital pricing.
Breast cancer awareness campaigns are synonymous with cute pink product lines, diminishing and infantilizing the strong women suffering from the disease while corporations benefit from the commodification of women’s bodies. One foundation in particular has sexualized women’s breasts to an insulting extent in an attempt to sell its product, while only a small fraction of its proceeds actually even go to cancer research. Please sign this petition to urge the company to change its business model and to spread awareness about the seriousness of breast cancer.