The only emotion I feel is intense, overwhelming relief.
No, that's not true; I feel deep gratitude as well. I am
grateful to the competent and comforting staff who made
my abortion, which could have been terrible, a positive
experience. I am thankful to the doctor who performed my
abortion with professionalism and skill. I am thankful to
all the pioneers in the pro-choice movement who went before
me and secured the right for me to have an abortion, and
I am deeply thankful that this choice was available.
I feel like I have been given a second chance at life,
and I came out of this episode with many gifts: a stronger
relationship with my boyfriend, a better understanding of
myself as a woman, and the knowledge that someday when I
am ready and I do bring a child into this world, I will
be even more relieved that I made this choice.
Dear Friend of Choice:
You are among the 'pro-choice pioneers' who helped preserve
Robin's freedom. Thank you for your activism and support!
Do you recall the origin of your passion for choice? Was
it your belief in individual freedom? Your concern about the
well-being of children? That motherhood must be chosen, not
imposed? That one religion should not govern all?
These days when we talk of FREEDOM,
we remember the lives lost and families devastated at the
hands of those who hate freedom.
In 1998 outside a Birmingham Alabama clinic, a bomb exploded
killing security guard Sandy Sanderson leaving behind his
wife and three children. Nurse Emily Lyons lost the sight
in one eye and was physically maimed. Now on the FBI's Ten
Most Wanted List, Eric Rudolph remains at large.
Today Emily reminds us... "Our freedom has been fought for
by generations before us, just as we do today. Few things
of such value come cheap. I am here
to tell you, it is worth the price."
Like other abortion providers, Feminist Women's Health Center
has faced a barrage of threats, violence, and intimidation
over the years. Patients, doctors and staff have learned to
live with - indeed rely upon - security guards, cameras overhead,
metal detectors, ID checks at the door...
Why do they attack us? It is because women having control
over their lives represents freedom. It is because they want
the United States to have laws that enforce their narrow set
of religious beliefs. It is because they don't trust individuals
to make their own decisions about sexuality, religion, or
reproduction. In fact, they appear to be proud of their own
This summer when the anti-abortion group "Operation Save
America" convened a weeklong demonstration at Dr. Tiller's
clinic in Wichita, Kansas, their T-shirts read: "Intolerance
is a beautiful thing."
Soon after September 11, television evangelists Jerry
Falwell and Pat Robertson blamed "abortionists, feminists,
gays, lesbians, the ACLU … all those who have tried to
Like the Taliban, American fundamentalists
abhor the pluralism, diversity, and personal freedoms that
make America strong. Their intolerance stands in stark contrast
to what happens each day inside our clinics: a freedom that
affirms women's lives, as Robin has so eloquently described.
Feminist Women's Health Center is here because women deserve
information, tools, and health care to prevent unintended
pregnancy, and the option of safe abortion if they so choose.
We trust women to decide.
Those who hate women's freedom attack
us to intimidate us into quitting.Well, we refuse to quit.
Please send your donation today to help continue our work!
Thank you so much for your support.
P.S. To make a donation, use the safe and secure online donation
form at Network
or mail your check to:
Feminist Women's Health Center
106 East E Street
Yakima, WA 98901 USA
FWHC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, EIN 91-1083929. Donations are
tax deductible. FWHC is registered with the Secretary of State
Women In Need Fund.
WIN underwrites abortion services for women with limited
financial resources. WIN funds make abortion accessible
by covering abortion, motels, transportation, childcare,
whatever it takes to make choice a reality.
We bring tools, information, and empowerment to women and
teens, including birth
control, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases,
abortion, self cervical
and breast exams, and menopause
information. In Spanish and English. This website is a global
resource for reproductive health and freedom of choice.
Physician Training Program. We
are dedicated to sharing expertise about first and second
trimester abortion technique.
Clinic Safety and Security.
Security guards and equipment cost over $100,000 annually
for our three clinics in Washington State.
Abortion is a matter of personal
liberty and responsibility. Your donation helps protect women's
ability to act upon their private moral decisions. We offer
them choices and trust their decisions.
Without providers, the right to choose is meaningless.
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