Monday, February 12, 2007

FEBRUARY 12. AMA, It's the Last Day.

Today is the last day for the AMA to respond to our demands regarding the Ashley X case. We have heard nothing so far. Let's go get em folks!!!!!! Just remember how many people are PISSED OFF about this case!

We have a bit of a different tactic today though, keep reading.

Today, the AMA is at the JW Marriott Hotel because their Advocacy Conference starts tomorrow. Let's try buggin' em at the hotel. Ask for Doctor Maves, Doctor Plested or Doctor Sade (you choose!). The phone number is: 202-393-2000. The fax is: 202-626-6991.

Here is our original basic letter:

Dear Drs. Maves, Plested and Sade,

Feminist Response in Disability Activism (FRIDA), joined by Chicago ADAPT and Not Dead Yet, and with the support of the national ADAPT community, urges the AMA to set up a meeting with us regarding ethics and disability in the case of Ashley X BY 5 PM CST MONDAY FEBRUARY 12.

Through Jon Burkhart, the AMA Chief of Staff, Dr. Maves has said that he does not feel a meeting with the disability community would be fruitful. We beg to differ. If the AMA is truly dedicated to discussing all angles of controversial medical cases, an AMA meeting with representatives from our coalition would be extremely fruitful and mark a historic step towards building a bridge between our communities.

We ask of Drs. Maves, Plested and Sade that a meeting time and date be established for the purpose of a dialogue on the Ashley X case between our coalition, the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA), and the AMA Board of Trustees. We would like to review the Ashley X ethics situation with CEJA and address support of legislation for home-based supports with the Board of Trustees.

Please contact FRIDA via Sharon Lamp at (847) 803-3258 with a time and date to meet with our coalition by 5 PM CST MONDAY FEBRUARY 12.


Feminist Response in Disability Activism (FRIDA)
With the support of Chicago ADAPT, the National ADAPT Community, and Not Dead Yet

The regular contact info is:

Dr. Michael Maves
CEO of the AMA
Via Jon Burkhart, Chief of Staff voice: (312) 464-4344
Jon Burkhart's e-mail:
AMA Fax: (312) 464-4184

Dr. William G. Plested III
President, AMA
AMA Fax: (312) 464-4184

Dr. Robert M. Sade
Chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA)
Voice: (843) 792-5278
Fax: (843) 792-8286
Thanks once again to all of you!!!! We will send an update if we hear anything, and if we don't, you know what's next....MORE ACTION!!!