Please Support The Diaper Act

by Wendy Copley on November 3, 2011

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I’m all riled up!

You see my friend Lisa, one of the founders of Help a Mother Out has been working hard to get the word out about The DIAPER Act. If you’ve been reading my blog for the last couple years, you may have read a post or two that I’ve written about Help a Mother Out (HAMO) whose mission is to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to babies in need. This is an issue I feel strongly about and I’ve spent time fundraising for HAMO, hosting diaper drives, and contributing in other small ways to help with this cause.

The reason organizations like HAMO and local diaper banks around the country are necessary is that there currently are no safety net programs for families — WIC, food stamps, etc. — that cover diapers. The DIAPER Act would help to solve this problem by giving eligible child care centers the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients. This Act asks for NO additional federal funding to accomplish this change. Sounds pretty good, right? I called my Congressman and Senators, put a badge on my blog (look over there in the far right hand column), signed the petition and went on my merry way.

Then, my friend Whitney sent me this link and my head almost exploded. It’s a transcript of Rush Limbaugh talking about The DIAPER Act on his radio program. He makes a lot of irrational, false and baseless statements in the piece, but the upshot is that he doesn’t think women should be working outside the home and that the purpose of public daycare is “so we can corrupt ’em and pollute ’em and propagandize ’em, indoctrinate ’em.” Cripes! I can’t just ignore this ridiculousness.

So here’s what I’m asking:

  • Please take a few minutes to read a little bit about the DIAPER Act. (There are links to the actual wording of the legislation at the bottom of that page.)
  • If you feel like The DIAPER Act is something you can get behind (Heh! See what I did there?) sign the petition encouraging Congress to support this bill.

And that’s it! That’s all I’m asking. Read a little, take a second to sign. If you want to do even more spread the word about the Diaper Act and consider making a donation to HAMO to help them with their important work.

Thanks!

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  • Betsy

    Wow. Reading that transcript made my stomach churn. I think the most horrifying part may be this quote from the daycare provider:

    “…every kid at my daycare listens to Rush Limbaugh almost every day”. 

    Talk about indoctrination! 

    Petition signed. Thanks!

  • YES! Exactly my thought!

  • Shannon Phillips

    Wow. How evil can you get?

  • Sarah

    Hm, ok, well, as I reconsider whether I want to continue reading your blog, let me point out that Rush never said women should not work outside the home. He did say that the program as proposed doesn’t provide diapers to women who do NOT work outside the home. Women living on just their husband’s income. It also only provides disposable diapers, and makes no provision for cloth, which is not only cheaper but better for the environment.

  • Michele Lancaster

    Who is this Rush Limbaugh person?! Seriously, he needs some common sense. I’ve always believed he spouts stuff for ratings, not for the good of mankind. I signed the petition.

  • You are free to choose whether to sign the petition or not (as well as whether you want to read my blog or not) and I respect your decision either way. I understand that different people have different opinions. Please take the time to actually read text of the Diaper Act before you spread misinformation about it though Sarah. This is how the Act defines the term “diaper”:

    (3) DIAPER
    The term ‘diaper’ means an absorbent garment worn by infants and toddlers who are not toilet-trained or individuals who are incapable of controlling their bladder or bowel movements. ‘Diaper’ refers to a disposable diaper or, where the administering agency elects to make available, a WASHABLE CLOTH DIAPER and the requisite diaper laundering and delivery services necessary to provide sufficient clean diapers for the eligible population. ‘Diapering supplies’ means items, including diapers, diaper wipes, and diaper cream, necessary for safe diapering.’’

    (Emphasis is mine.)  Here’s the link to the text of the Diaper Act if you’d like to read it first hand:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/67609472/The-DIAPER-Act

  • And for the record, I’d love to see legislation extending diaper access to ALL impoverished families but this is the best we’ve got for now.

  • Smallgood

    I read a bumper sticker the other day that read “Hush, Limbaugh.”  That’s sort of my attitude about him.  Sounds like an interesting proposal.

  • Guest

    Some of the follow-up comments from the Limbaugh post I totally agree with…such as:

    I guess I’m not understanding this right. What do these babies wear at home if their mothers can’t afford diapers?
    I am not having my tax dollars used to pay for diapers.They can buy a dozen cloth and learn the wash them!

  • It sounds like you’re trying to start an argument, Sarah and I’m not really interested in engaging in one. You are welcome to disagree with me, but I’m also welcome to disagree with you. In my opinion those types of comments lack compassion for people who could really use a hand up and I can’t get on board with that.

  • I signed the petition and was happy  to do so! Rock on with your awesome self, Wendy. The world needs more compassionate people who are willing to stick their neck out for the betterment of others.

  • Beverly

    Thank you for writing about this!! I’m going to sign that petition. Ugh to the Rush Limbaugh comments. It frightens me to know that some people think like that.

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