This ninja bill slipped past everyone but there is still time to act today before it passes the North Carolina House the evening of 4/6/2011. SB31 deems practicing medicine without proper NC licensing a Class 1 felony, which in NC is the punishment for crimes like cross burning and sexual exploitation of children. The idea is to protect the “practice of medicine,” but it puts all who offer alternative healing services out of business. It leaves a LOT of clients in NC with no freedom to choose their healing path; no choice but conventional AMA methods.
Please act today! There is more information and contacts below. I called the numbers – the House did not want to hear from out of state constituents, it was the first question and they would not take my call. You may have better luck with the D.C. office number. I left messages for the Governor and D.C. offices. These are the only contacts I could find – you may try emailing to the fax numbers if your email is set up for that.
House action on the bill has been postponed again until April 6, 2011. There is still time to voice your opinion!
Update: as of 4/6/11 Mike Adams reported that the NC House received a huge backlash. It’s working – keep going!
Office of the Governor, Bev Purdue
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301
Washington, DC Office (for NC)
444 N. Capitol St. #332
Washington, DC 20001
NC House (919) 733-7928
Office of the Governor
Constituent Services Office (meant for NC citizens but it was the only email obtainable)
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
Phone: (800) 662-7952 or (919) 733-2391
Fax: (919) 733-2120
NC bill threatens to criminalize naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, midwives, aromatherapists as felons
(NaturalNews) Alternative health practitioners in North Carolina (NC) and their patients need your help to defeat a stealth bill that flew under the radar of most everyone in the natural health community. Senate Bill 31, which clarifies the penalties for the “unauthorized practice of medicine,” essentially criminalizes the practice of unlicensed forms of medicine, which includes the work of many naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, aromatherapists, and even some midwives in the state. The bill was adopted by a judiciary committee in early March, and it recently passed the NC Senate. Now, the NC House is set to vote on the billtonight, and unless NC governor Bev Perdue vetoes it, the practice of natural medicine for many in NC may soon become a more severe criminal offense.
SB 31 states that anyone who practices medicine or surgery without having been first “licensed and registered to do so” will be guilty of a Class I felony. Class I felonies in NC are the least severe kinds of felonies, but they do include things like burning crosses on private or public property, and sexually exploiting children. So if passed, SB 31 will essentially make those who practice alternative medicine without an official, state-sanctioned license and permit, criminals of the likes of sexual predators and cross burners.
You can read the short bill for yourself at the following link:
Proponents of the bill say it fixes a loophole in the current law that classifies out-of-state practitioners who practice without a license as Class I felons, while in-state practitioners who practice without a license are only guilty of a Class I misdemeanor. But what the bill actually appears to do is make it even harder for alternative practitioners who literallycannotbe licensed in NC because their work is not “approved,” to practice at all. After all, who is going to be willing to provide alternative medical services for consenting patients when doing so makes them a felon?
SB 31 is really just another way to target alternative practitioners and reign in the practice of medicine to only that which has been approved by the government overlords. And the timeline for defeating this bill is very short. Alternative practitioners in NC, and those who safely and successfully use their services, need your helpnowto successfully defeat this bill.
Citizens for Healthcare Freedom (CHF), a nonprofit health freedom organization in NC, says the bill is “not in the interest of the citizens of North Carolina” because it affects many alternative practitioners who will be put out of business if it passes. The vast majority of these practitioners have been practicing for years, and they have helped thousands of patients over the years using methods not officially sanctioned by state medical boards (http://www.ncchf.org/2011/03/29/opp…).
The NC House is set to debate and vote on SB 31 at 7:00 pmtonight. And whether or not you live in NC, this bill contributes to setting a precedent of intolerance for natural and alternative medicine, so it is important to oppose it regardless of whether or not you live in NC.
You can reach the NC House to oppose the bill by calling (919) 733-7928.
You can reach Governor Bev Perdue’s Raleigh office by calling (919) 733-4240.
Remember, when contacting government officials to express your thoughts, always be respectful, but firm in your discourse. Clearly and succinctly express opposition to SB 31 on the grounds that it further erodes health freedom in NC by criminalizing those who practice alternative medicine. Also, urge support for the CHF Consumer Health Freedom Act, which establishes the freedom to practice alternative medicine without criminal penalty (http://www.ncchf.org/2011/03/29/opp…).