Support Birthing Rights - Support Elizabeth Catlin

Elizabeth Catlin's life was dramatically altered one cold November day in 2018,  when she was arrested for "posing as a midwife" to the Mennonite community of Yates County, New York. Elizabeth worked as a birth attendant for many years and  is a Certified Professional Midwife.  She could be licensed in 35 states (with an additional 11 states floating active bills), but New York State's requirements are more complex.    

Following her arrest, Elizabeth complied with the demands of authorities to cease any and all work that may be considered or related to midwifery. Her "horse and buggy" Mennonite friends had nowhere to turn to continue their cultural tradition of home birthing. These women were left with almost no options and several unattended births took place. 

Authorities have  dragged out the charges and depleted Elizabeth's savings. They have harassed and stalked her. More than a year later, on December 17, 2019, Elizabeth was indicted on 95 felony charges. She will be due in court as soon as she can secure appropriate financing for her legal representation. Her options for funding are slim and she is contemplating selling her family's home. 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Help us fight the broken system. “My body, My choice” only seems to go one way in New York State.

WE NEED TO SUPPORT a woman's right to choose where she births her child and who attends her. We need to stop politicians from having control over decisions that should be made among family.

Don't let this wonderful, caring mother fall victim to the corrupt system. She should not have to sell the home where her children were born and raised. 

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Support for Elizabeth Catlin
Dresden, NY 14441

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Elizabeth J Catlin
Penn Yan, NY

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