Wendi's Legal Defense Fund
Organized by: Wendi Cleckner
If you have not read last years story of my court battle with AZDHS please go hear and entertain yourself. http://www.rightsforhomebirth.org/the-first-round-in-court
Though that battle has come and gone a new battle still rages on. Basically the same exact story, just hit replay. Yes, I land in court again because I support my clients autonomy to make good and healthy decisions for their own body and their own baby. I am in court again because I do not believe in bogging down our healthcare system with healthy and stable people. I am in court again because I do not believe calling 911 for someone who is saying do not call 911, I am fine.
My case has already gone through the lower courts and surprise surprise AZDHS said we don't care what the courts say we are still going to suspend you. We are now in appeals and all the costs are increasing with everyday that goes by. As you may or may not know, midwives do not make a whole lot of money. Most of us can not even live on what we make. We rely on partners or second jobs to actually live. So when extra costs, like fighting for our livelihood, come up it is nearly impossible to do. So here I am humbling asking for your support.
Ultimately I fight for every family out there wanting a safe homebirth with a licensed provider. I fight for every mother who does not want to go into the hospital after a beautiful homebirth when there is absolutely NO NEED. I fight for every midwife who just wants to do her job and be respected and a competent healthcare provider. I fight for my license. I want to keep serving my families and helping to create a community of likeminded individuals that want sacred and safe birth outside a facility.
I am asking for gifts of $5, $10, $50, $100, $1000. My lawyer is beyond amazing and is tirelessly working her tail off to support all the midwives at a very discounted rate but there is still court and filing and transcription and and and and....
This GoFundMe is for me personally. There are other GoFundMe for other individual midwives, with their own individual costs. If you want to help others as well see - https://www.gofundme.com/v6ed63kk
Some of you may know about the lawsuit AAM and certain individuals have brought against AZDHS to stop this madness. If you want to support that effort please go here - https://www.crowdrise.com/RightsforHomebirthAZ/fundraiser/AAMlegalfund And stay tuned as there are many court dates coming up so updates will happen.
I fight with you because we are stronger together. Thank you for your support!