"Our goal at NARAL is to help find workable answers that will ultimately
reduce the need for abortions. Ignoring shortcomings in access to contraception,
reproductive health care, and sex education while ripping away a woman's right
to choose will only result in more unintended pregnancies and more abortions.
This shortsighted approach is neither American nor life affirming.
Until we achieve our goal, it is critical that those who value the freedom
and independence we enjoy in this country work hard now to protect a woman's
right to choose. For now, that basic American right is seriously at risk."
About NARAL Pro-Choice America - (formerly The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League)
More than thirty years after Roe v. Wade, the pro-choice movement is still fighting to protect and defend a woman’s right to choose. Unlike the other rights we expect as Americans, this is not one we can take for granted. NARAL Pro-Choice America is the only organization with a proven history and expertise to combat an aggressive anti-choice movement intent on taking away our rights and freedoms.
Since Roe access to abortion has become increasingly tenuous. In its 1992 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sharply reduced its protections. Since that year, anti-choice forces around the nation have accepted Casey's invitation to introduce and enact a cascade of burdensome measures.
Both state and federal governments are restricting reproductive rights – including access to contraception, legal abortion and sex education – on a widespread scale. Eighty-seven percent of counties in the United States have no abortion provider. Since 1995, states have enacted more than 380 anti-choice measures and Congress has voted 166 times with anti-choice politicians winning all but 32 of those votes. Abortion is becoming less available even though it remains legal.
With every political trend working against us, the fact is, the need for abortion will never go away until we, as a country, can achieve two of NARAL Pro-Choice America's goals: better access to more effective contraceptive options and better access to other kinds of reproductive health care and information.
NARAL Pro-Choice America works to reduce the need for abortions. Americans need better access to contraception, health care and sex education. But, anti-choice forces are chipping away at a woman's right to choose which results in more unintended pregnancies and more abortions.
That is the challenge. But therein lies the opportunity. As the political and grassroots arm of the pro-choice movement, NARAL Pro-Choice America is mobilizing millions of pro-choice supporters to achieve these goals.
Until we attain our goals, it is critical that those who value the freedom and independence we enjoy in this country mobilize to protect a woman's right to choose. For now, that basic American right is seriously at risk.
||PPFA – Planned
Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world's largest and
most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Founded
by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic,
Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's right to choose when or whether
to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that
women should be in charge of their own destinies.
Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental
right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage
his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital
status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin,
or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in
all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being.
We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary
and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe
that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement
of the quality of life, strong family relationships, and population
Parenthood Health Centers
Planned Parenthood operates approximately 875 health centers in 49 states
and DC, serving nearly five million men, women and teenagers every year. Find
one near you.
Planned Parenthood Campaigns –
"A solid majority of Americans support the ideal of ensuring that every
child is a wanted child. Unfortunately, there are state and federal policies
being debated that could make it difficult for many women and men to access the
health services that would help them achieve this ideal, and existing public
policies deny people the information and access to resources they need to make
informed decisions about their lives. Planned Parenthood advocates for new policies
at the federal and state levels that will advance responsible reproductive health
care and decision making. And we, too, are making a commitment to better meet
the health care needs of women and their families. "
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||NOW – National
Organization for Women
NOW is dedicated
to making legal, political, social and economic change in our
society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism
and end all oppression.
NOW strives to:
• eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the
justice system, and all other sectors of society;
abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women;
• end all forms of violence
• eradicate racism,
sexism, and homophobia;
• promote equality and justice in our society.
NOW achieves its goals through direct mass actions (including marches,
rallies, pickets, counter-demonstrations, non-violent civil disobedience)
intensive lobbying, grassroots political organizing and litigation (including
NOW's official priorities are pressing
for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal
rights for women; achieving economic
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rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues;
supporting civil rights for all and opposing racism;
opposing bigotry against lesbians and
gays; and ending
violence against women.
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||There are many more organizations working
to the same ends of freedom, equality, health and safety. If you'd like
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