Lifetime Mastectomy Petition Gets 7.5M Signatures

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Lifetime Television is revving up its efforts against "drive through mastectomies."

The network said Thursday that a petition on its Web site ( urging Congress to protect women from being forced out of the hospital only hours after breast-cancer surgery has collected 7.5 million signatures.

The network’s effort is in partnership with lawmakers such as Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.); Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.); leading breast-cancer-advocacy and medical organizations; physicians; advocates; and survivors from across the nation.

Landrieu and DeLauro have sponsored legislation in their respective chambers to ban drive-through mastectomies.