Medical Amnesty Policy: Committing to Thetas’ Health and Safety
At their meeting on Friday, Dec. 9, Kappa Alpha Theta’s Grand Council endorsed a medical amnesty policy which further demonstrates the organization’s commitment to member health and safety. The need for this change is twofold:
- First, the United States Supreme Court decision reversing the Court’s recognition of a constitutional right to seek an abortion meant a member could have potentially been disciplined for personal health decisions per causes of discipline listed under Kappa Alpha Theta Bylaws Article I, Section 8, A & D, 1, d: “Failure to abide by federal, state, province, or local laws and ordinances.”
- Second, as an organization built on sisterhood, care for our members is a priority. A member should not fear consequences in seeking help for themselves or others.
The purpose of this policy is to encourage members and new members to prioritize the health and safety of themselves and their peers, and seek medical support, services, or help without fear of Fraternity-imposed sanctions.
It’s important to note that the creation of this policy is proactive in nature. The Fraternity is not aware of any sanctions or discipline imposed following a member seeking, or supporting another member to seek, medical assistance relating to reproductive health.
Any member who believes this policy is not being followed should contact email@example.com.
Members can find the Medical Amnesty Policy in Theta Portal's Documents area.