Judy Chapman

Judy Chapman founded Garden State Woman, Inc. in 1998 and the Garden State Woman Education Foundation 501(c)3 in 2007. In recognition of the need for women everywhere, including New Jersey, to take firmer control of their futures and their families’ futures - in a world that is still not equally balanced between the opportunities and rewards provided men and women - for equal efforts in many aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Website URL: http://www.gswoman.com

Our Bed & Breakfast Guide Is On Line


Our Bed & Breakfast Guide Is On Line
In keeping with our intent to inform you about the best of New Jersey, we have a new, New Jersey Bed and Breakfast Guide. This timely Guide comes in handy for last minute gift ideas – a gift certificate for a stay at one of these unique spots – or better yet, a gift to yourself of a special stay to enjoy these very wonderful inns of the garden state. This is the first of several guides that we will be preparing for you in 2010. A link to this guide is The B&B Guide .

You Have Spoken! Poll Results

 You have spoken! 

Over 97 % of you who took our web site poll disagree with the proposed new mammogram guidelines that would push examinations off from the recommended 40 years old to the proposed 50 years of age. The new guidelines also suggest eliminating breast self examinations.
I think both new proposed guidelines are another example of the weakness in government controlled health care. Health is a private personal matter that does not belong as a discussion point for legislators. Most women are perfectly capable of making their own health decisions. They need the support of their insurers. It should not be an adversarial relationship. The current attitude among many in the health care reform movement is that we are too dumb to be trusted with our decisions. This attitude only jeopardizeswomen’s health.
Reach out to your elected senators and make sure they understand your point of view on health care reform. Go to their website at::
            Frank Lautenberg at www.lautenberg.senate.gov
            Robert Menendez at www.menendez.senate.gov.

Thoughts on Health Care Reform Legislation

This email came to us from Sanofi-aventis U.S. asking that it be distributed to our readers as an information piece. We think it is important for all our readers to understand the various points of view of the interested parties in the health reform legislation. We trust you will find this information helpful.

Dear Colleague,

As you may know, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin floor debate on health care reform legislation this week. We expect amendments to be introduced on the Senate floor that will negatively impact our industry and jeopardize patient safety and access to medicines. We ask that you contact your Senators to ask them to vote NO against amendments that put patient safety, access to innovative therapies, and access to Medicare Part D prescription drugs at risk.

As a constituent, your views matter to your Members of Congress, and you can make a difference. Beginning today, we encourage you to reach out to your legislators and make your voice heard by demonstrating support for health care reform that ensures that all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care, including prescription drugs. Take action today!

This upcoming activation presents a prime opportunity to send a letter or place a call to elected officials to underscore the importance of voting NO on amendments that seek to:

  • Allow foreign drugs to be imported, which could increase the flow of counterfeit drugs into the U.S. and potentially cause harm to American patients without guaranteeing lower prices;
  • Limit medical innovation by seeking to undermine the 12 years of data protection provided to innovator biologics in an amendment to establish an abbreviated regulatory pathway for approval of biosimilar products; and
  • Impose market-distorting price controls such as mandatory drug rebates, which, according to government and other experts, will likely have the effect of raising Medicare Part D premiums by as much as 20 percent and other unintended consequences.

Now, as the Senate works to finalize its bill, we urge you to demonstrate the strength of the biopharmaceutical sector by joining in this industry-wide effort to take action on issues affecting our industry. We encourage you to contact your Senators to ask them to vote NO on amendments which harm patient safety, innovation, and the Part D benefit.

Please take action today and write a letter on behalf of the Sanofi-aventis U.S. grassroots network prior to December 14, 2009.

Your action is critical to the success of this effort and to the passage of comprehensive health care reform. Thank you in advance for your participation.

What a disappointment Nancy Pelosi has turned out to be

Her latest assault on women is the men's health care bill that includes the Stupak amendment. So many women voted for a Democrat because they didn’t want Roe vs. Wade overturned – well, they’re not overturning Roe vs. Wade – they’re just making sure there is no insurance funding for abortions and at this point, it appears for any female reproductive care – since both the House and Senate bills include lists of specific services that must be covered by health insurance companies and be provided without asking patients for additional money. It’s hard to understand why all the services provided in a basic well-woman visit to the gynecologist aren’t on any of those lists i.e. maternity care, newborn care, pediatric dental and vision services, and substance use disorder services. hmmm, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, other procedures pre-post childbirth?

As Madelyn Albright said: “There's a special place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women.”

Please contact your elected representatives and tell them that women are fully 51% of America’s population and deserve the same care and attention as their male counterparts.

My friend JoAnn Dixon shared this information with me and asked that I share it with you.  Please share your thoughts with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or register with Judy's Circle to post comments below.

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