Join NAPW and Drug Policy Alliance this Saturday afternoon to protest the NYPD's racist marijuana arrests. Executive Director, Lynn Paltrow will be speaking at the rally at Foley Square 12-2PM.
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Here are some things that you can do about it:
Regardless of your point of view about abortion, you can ask your spiritual, religious, and political leaders to give a sermon or speech explaining the difference between the personal decisions women and their families make and government sponsored genocide. While some women do feel that an abortion ends a life, or at least a potential life, they know that their individual and very private decisions and circumstances are not the same as decisions to carry out state-sponsored genocide. Government protection of private decision-making is not the same as government authorized military action against particular groups of people. Implying that the decisions individual women make to have abortions is the same or worse than a holocaust denying and it should stop.
Regardless of your point of view about abortion, you can ask your spiritual, religious, and political leaders to explain the difference between pregnancy and slavery. People can oppose abortion without equating pregnant women to slave holders and their personal decisions with the institution of slavery. Claiming that the individual decisions of pregnant women and their families is like or worse than slavery denies the history, the meaning, and the lessons that must be learned from America’s participation in the African Slave Trade and its history of state-sponsored slavery.
Several important national and local campaigns for midwifery and improved maternity care are building steam. You can learn more and take action in your area.
The M.A.M.A. campaign is working across a broad coalition to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice.
Campaigns in several states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, called Worst to First 2010, are directly challenging hospital cesarean surgery and episiotomy rates through protests and other actions. You can join their efforts to pressure hospitals to re-train staff in evidence-based practices and improve their procedure rates to be in line with World Health Organization recommendations.
The Big Push for Midwives Campaign represents thousands of grassroots advocates in the United States who support expanding access to Certified Professional Midwives and out-of-hospital maternity care. The mission of The Big Push includes educating the public and policymakers about the reduced costs and improved outcomes associated with out-of-hospital maternity care and Certified Professional Midwives, the maternity care providers trained to provide that service.
There are many other organizations doing great work to advocate for midwifery. If you want to get involved there may be groups active in your area as well.
The anti-abortion movement has created the illusion that there are two kinds of women: those who have abortions and those who have babies. The truth is that the vast majority of women who have abortions are already or will someday also be mothers. You can make it hard to label mothers murderers, by showing that the women who are accused of creating a “culture of death” are giving birth and doing the caretaking that is at the core of a true culture of life. If you have had an abortion and given birth experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, adopted or raised a child - tell your story with a picture, a sign, a 1 minute or less video and we will post it at advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/mystory
Students, especially, can use the resources offered by Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom to counter the elaborate and well-funded college campus programs arguing that the collective actions of pregnant women and mother are worse than any genocide. SYRF has a Student Organizing Kit to Challenge Anti-Choice Hate Exhibits on Campus.
Dawn Johnsen has been an extrordinary advocate on behalf of pregnant women, children and families. You can read more about her work here.
Please urge your Senator to Vote Now to Confirm President Obama’s Nomination of Dawn Johnsen to Head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel!
This section provides a range of suggestions for speaking out again stigmatizing language and legislation which harms pregnant women.
The St. Louis Dispatch ran an article put out by the Associated Press regarding the 8th Circuit's grant of rehearing in Nelson v. Norris, the case where Shawanna Nelson was shackled during her labor and delivery.
Please post a comment supporting this amazing and rare grant of rehearing and let them know that you too condemn the cruel and inhumane practice of shackling pregnant women during childbirth.
Despite the many issues affecting women's health and lives, bills to further restrict abortion are likely to be the primary focus of your legislature's session this year. As a result of this extensive attention to this one aspect of pregnant women's lives, chances are that your state legislature will not address many other health issues of concern to pregnant women and mothers — not breast cancer nor heart disease, not the lack of health insurance for millions of women and children nor the lack of access to mother-friendly childbirth. Here are some suggestions for action you and your state can take to ensure that policies to advance a culture of life, values the women who give that life:
Are you concerned about what is happening in South Dakota? Take a look at the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families: http://www.sdhealthyfamilies.org/
Learn what is happening with efforts to stop South Dakota's ban on abortion and what South Dakota activists have to say.
You can also check out Staphanie Millman's cartoon.
Stephanie Millman's cartoon, http://minimumsecurity.net/toons2006/6034.htm
addresses a key underlying issue in South Dakota's new ban on abortion -- the conviction that women are not capable of making informed decisions about their reproductive and family lives. The South Dakota bill, outlawing all abortions except where a woman and her doctor can prove that her life is at risk, came out of a South Dakota legislative task force.
Whatever one feels about the morality of abortion, it is clear that key questions posed by the taskforce, including whether or not abortions are voluntary and informed in America today, are designed to and have the effect of creating doubt about pregnant women and mothers as moral agents and valued members of our society. See
If you believe that women should not lose their rights to medical decision making upon becoming pregnant – you might want to check out the cartoon, pick up the phone and make a call to South Dakota State Senator Bill Napoli. Read about Nancy Goldstein's call to the Senator at: