Act!

What Can You Do?

March 06, 2017

Now, perhaps more than ever, people who care about reproductive, racial, and social justice and human rights want to know what they can do. Attached please find your copy of: INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. We hope you will read it, share it, and make use of it not only at the federal level, but also at the state and local level.


Resistance, wherever you are, matters. Well-organized efforts across the country to challenge repeal of Obamacare/the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are having an impact. And, while coverage for contraception and abortion are limited or prohibited under the ACA (as well as under Medicare and Medicaid, which are also under attack) these programs help millions of Americans get access to other forms of essential health care. We believe the fight for reproductive justice includes preserving what we have - while we also fight for more.


What else can you do?


Organize and Publicize - Anywhere and Everywhere

Organizing and publicizing your community actions (protesting, hand-delivering a petition, leading a sing along) especially in smaller cities and towns (whether the turn out is big or small) often has the advantage of getting significant media coverage. And, whatever the amount of traditional media attention, you can use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to document the event and prove that activism is happening everywhere. Tell your Take Root allies what actions you took during the past year and what you plan to do in the next four years with #RedStateResistance.


Change the Face of Government - Run for Office

Our democracy depends on the active participation of people at every level of government. The willingness to serve is the definition of civic duty. What if each of us at Take Root took steps to carry out that duty at all levels of government - including as a Precinct Delegate, a School Board Member, or County Council Member?


Expand the Debate, Build the Base - Challenge the Binaries

Support actions and approaches that challenge simple binaries such as “pro-life” and “pro-choice.” Organize educational opportunities that expand people’s understanding of the ways in which anti-abortion measures also undermine the rights and health of people who want to go to term or who experience pregnancy losses. Learn more about and support organizations that do just that -- including National Advocates for Pregnant Women and others organizations such as:

  • Backline - an organization that offers a real alternative to so-called crisis pregnancy centers and promotes unconditional and judgment free support for people in all their decisions, feelings and experience with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion. https://www.yourbackline.org/
  • Memphis CHOICES - a health care provider that is striving to establish the first non-profit center that serves and reflects the actual lives of pregnant people - one that combines the provision of abortion and birth services in the same location (just like pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and birth take place in the same human/bodily location!) https://memphischoices.org/

Implement Teach-Ins - Bring the Experts to Your Living Room

Invite people over to learn more about the ways in which anti-abortion measures threaten the rights, health and dignity of all people (regardless of their views on abortion). Hold teach-ins about how to organize, run for office, and fight the anti-people, anti-earth agenda of the current administration. Using technology, experts from across the world can be part of your event. Flattery will get you further than you think -if you can guarantee five or more people at your teach-in, chances are you will get more support than you expect.


Have Fun and Feed Your Soul - Cause we are in this for the Long Haul

Create rituals, sing songs, make up lyrics and make your commitment to resistance include celebration. The need to fight injustice is nothing new in the USA - find and watch talks and documentaries that help put things in perspective. For example:

Join NAPW at the Women's March on Washington on 1/21/17

January 17, 2017

While demonstrations alone are never enough, they can be a vital part of an overall strategy of resistance. So please join NAPW at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. If you can't make it to D.C. please participate in a local event. (To join NAPW at the New York City March please meet us at 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 3:30 pm.)

And please spread the word about NAPW and your commitment to fighting back against the existing and coming assaults on health, rights, and justice by sharing our Knocked Up, Fight Back! graphics and using them as signs at the protests and rallies you will be attending.

Knocked Up, Fight Back


Here's how you can make your own NAPW sign:

1) Get a large piece of oaktag/poster board (22'' x 28") and fold it in half.

2) Download and print 2 copies of the PDF graphics.

- Download File: Knocked Up
- Download File: Fight Back
- Download File: People
- Download File: NAPW

3) Cut out the graphics and attach them with glue and heavy duty clear tape to each side of the sign. (Whatever sign you are carrying, you want to be sure people can read it from both sides - in front and behind you.)

4) Attach the oaktag/poster board to a long cardboard tube (Please note that wooden sticks to hold up signs are not allowed at any of the marches.) Tape the cardboard tube to the inside of one side of the folded poster board and then fasten the 3 sides together with tape or staples.

Or, download and print the poster version of our graphic.

- Download File: Letter-Size Poster (8.5 x 11)
- Download File: Tabloid-Size Poster (11 x 17)

Please make and carry these signs and help spread NAPW's message to protect and uphold civil and human rights for all people including pregnant women.

Please share photos of you, your friends and family with the signs on social media with the hashtag #KnockedUpFightBack and tag NAPW on Facebook and Twitter (@NAPW). Please also send photos to info@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org!

Protest Racist Marijuana Arrests with NAPW this Saturday!

May 10, 2012

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.

Click here for details.

SIX THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, RIGHT NOW!!!

April 05, 2012

Pregnant Women and Mothers Deserve Better

September 08, 2009

National Advocates for Pregnant Women released a commentary and video addressing the demonizing language used by some abortion opponents.


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.

Join the movement for a midwifery model of care!

September 08, 2009

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.

Tell Your Reproductive Story

September 08, 2009

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

Counter Anti-Choice Campus Activities

September 08, 2009

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.

Take Action: please urge your senator to confirm Dawn Johnsen as head of legal counsel

May 07, 2009

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!

If You See Something Say Something!

May 05, 2009

This section provides a range of suggestions for speaking out again stigmatizing language and legislation which harms pregnant women.

Post a comment in the St. Louis Dispatch

August 29, 2008

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.

Protect Pregnant Incarcerated Women!

May 01, 2007

Click here to download the first mother's day card

Click here to download the second mother's day card

Does Your State Value the Women Who Give Life?

March 01, 2007

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:
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South Dakota - Yes There is More That You Can Do

March 27, 2006

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
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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:

http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/My_dinner_with_Napoli_0329.html

Authorization Form SC Solicitor Sign-On Letter

August 01, 2005

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