Survivors of Chiropractic Abuse to Testify

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Connecticut lawmakers to consider legislation regulating chiropractic industry.

The reality of chiropractic abuse will take center stage Monday at the Connecticut General Assembly as the leaders of a grassroots movement testify about their life-changing injures caused by chiropractors.

Janet Levy, President of Victims of Chiropractic Abuse, Inc. and Britt Hawre, Founder of the Chiropractic Victims Awareness Group, will tell their surprising and heart-wrenching stories to lawmakers. Both women suffered damaged arteries during chiropractic treatment that resulted in strokes. They represent hundreds of other people who have had similar experiences.

"Chiropractors advertise that their procedures are 'safe' and 'natural' so the public assumes there are no risks and this is simply not true," Levy said. "We want it to be mandatory that chiropractors inform patients about any and all risks of chiropractic procedures because it should be the public's right to know."

Levy and Hawre will testify in support of SB-1252 which would require informed consent for chiropractic procedures.

The General Assembly's Public Heath Committee is scheduled to hold the public hearing on the bill Monday March 5, 2007 beginning at 10 a.m. in Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. SB-1252 will be the 14th bill to be heard out of a total of 18 bills.

For more information e-mail voca93 @ gmail.com or chirostroke @ gmail.com.

About Victims of Chiropractic Abuse, Inc:

Victims of Chiropractic Abuse, Inc. (VOCA) was incorporated in May of 2005 to promote awareness of chiropractic risks through advocacy and legislation. VOCA seeks to require chiropractors to obtain informed consent from patients prior to treatment and believes malpractice claims against chiropractic physicians should be made public, just as they are for medical physicians.

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