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Women's Health Plans Action in Response to Gun Violence

by Teagan Smith | Feb 16, 2018
The physicians, nurses and staff of Women’s Health Connecticut share the collective heartbreak expressed by so many in the wake of the Florida shooting earlier this week and following the 17 similar incidences that have happened already this year. Unthinkable. We need action.

The physicians, nurses and staff of Women’s Health Connecticut (WHC) – including hundreds of providers across the State - share the collective heartbreak expressed by so many in the wake of the Florida shooting earlier this week and following the 17 similar incidences that have happened already this year. Unthinkable. We need action.

While this is a national legislative and political issue, we feel we must speak up about this now as a matter of public health and safety. We care deeply for the women, the mothers, and the families that we have the privilege to serve on a daily basis. We are searching our hearts today for ways we can begin to change how we work, to serve you better and to help you guard and prepare against these worst case scenarios. We are reviewing our service procedures and looking at how we screen and talk to patients.  And, we've already begun working on how we might use our collective provider voice with legislators - both locally and nationally - to provide better support to women before and/or when they are feeling challenges in their families.

WHC will approach this rationally and logically as a serious public health and safety issue. We will demand that:

Gun violence be identified as a national pandemic that must be subjected to a root cause analysis and attacked accordingly;

Requirements for permits include significant background checks and other meaningful due diligence;

Assault weapons with high-capacity magazines and automatic fire capability should be banned.

We want you to assure you that we are with you, by your side, and we will fight with you for your protection – against domestic violence, for better gun control, for better safety plans, and for better access to mental health services – so that we can all begin to heal and change the current climate for the better.

Sincerely,

The Advocacy Committee for Women’s Health Connecticut

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