A Call to Action
women to freely make their own decisions about pregnancy and abortion, they must have information
about options ... their options must be safe, accessible, and affordable ... and
women must have an emotionally safe space in which to make their decision.
Only with knowledge and freedom of choice, can women
be truly free.
Let's look at what happens when the public thinks abortion
is not acceptable:
- In 1997, an Atlanta, Georgia clinic was destroyed by a bomb
made of dynamite. A Tulsa, Oklahoma clinic was torched several times. In
1996, a Louisiana physician was stabbed 16 times (he lived). All because the antiabortion
movement just won't let women make their own decisions.
Operation Rescue blockades clinics, women don't change their minds. They make
it to the interior of the clinic or they reschedule their appointments, but they
Shortage of physicians.
- Today, even though nearly one-third of all pregnancies
end in abortion, 84% of counties in the U.S. have no abortion provider.
Because of a bias against abortion doctors within the medical community and the
very real threats to their safety, there is a severe shortage of trained physicians
who offer abortion services.
Older physicians who remember how women died when abortion was illegal have retired. Younger physicians, thankfully, have never seen the ravages of illegal abortion and do not feel the same urgency about becoming an abortion provider.
on who can get abortions.
- Even though the majority of
Americans support legalized abortion, the anti-choice minority has succeeded in
making Americans uncomfortable with abortion. The impact of all the unnecessary abortion restrictions is most severe on those with the
fewest resources: teens, women in poverty, and women in rural areas.
- In 1996, a young couple in Delaware hid
their pregnancy, delivered their baby in a motel room, then, allegedly, dumped
the newborn in the trash. They seemed to have everything going for them, including
good schools, family support, bright futures. But, apparently, in their
lives, it was not acceptable to talk about sexuality, birth control, pregnancy,
or abortion. Everyone wonders what they would have done if they felt they had
other choices. But instead, this young couple used the only tools taught them:
hide and deny everything.
- This is not the first "trash
can" baby, nor will it be the last as long as Americans don't demand larger more extensive birth
control programs and truthful medically-accurate sex education.
Women feel isolated.
- Though more than a million women have abortions annually, many women
don't seek comfort and empathy from family and friends for fear of ostracism and stigma.
seeks to turn this around -- but we cannot do it without you.
Women choose abortion because their very survival as the person they
are at the time depends on getting an abortion. In their own words, they say,
"I can't have this baby." They understand exactly what having an abortion means. To deny abortion to a woman who wants one is downright disrespectful of her decision-making authority over her own life.
Abortion is a personal decision. It is a decision
in which women consider their responsibilities to themselves and their existing families.
Once the woman has made her decision, society must respect it
and accept it.
Be a voice for choice.
- If you have
had an abortion, please break the walls of silence around the experience. Reach
out to women friends, family, or coworkers. We all need to know we are not alone.
[To read others stories, or share yours with this website, see Personal
someone tells with you about their abortion, listen and be supportive. Tell them
you're glad they trusted you enough to share with you.
a radio talk show. Speak out against clinic violence. Defend a woman's right to
choose. Don't let anti-choice views be the only ones. Think what difference
your words could make to a woman who needs the information or ideas you have!
letters to Congress, state legislators, and the President urging them to "do
all in their power to protect reproductive freedom for ALL women."
more ideas of actions to take, see Get Involved!
We hope you share the vision
... of a world where all women can fulfill their own unique potential and live
healthy whole lives, because they have reproductive freedom.
women the power to control their reproduction -- and that is a wonderful thing!
would like to know thoughts. Send us your ideas.
updated: November 2, 2005
is about freedom - women's personal freedom.
Abortion is about respect - respect
for women's morality.
Abortion is about responsibility - responsibility for
self and family.
Abortion is about trust - trusting women's judgment."
Feminist Women's Health Center