Urgent Appeal/Abortions/Supreme Ct.
[crossposted from the ANEWS Echo]
Via NY Transfer News Service 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683
Conf: pn.alerts: 49.0
Topic: Urgent Appeal/Abortions/Supreme Ct.
Written: 4:23 pm Jun 4, 1991 by peacenet in cdp:pn.alerts
From ckruger Tue Jun 4 09:08 PDT 1991
With the recent Supreme Court decision in Rust v. Sullivan, prohibiting
doctors in Federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion
with their patients, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the
National Organization for Women have begun campaigns to overturn the ruling
through the passage of two bills currently in Congress. The bills are "The
Title X Pregnancy Counseling Act" and "The Freedom of Choice Act".
It is imperative that all of us who believe in the right to choose and
control our bodies support these campaigns both with our activism as well
as financially! In addition Planned Parenthood has indicated they may try
to completely forgo Federal funding at their clinics. If they do, they
will need our grassroots support to find new sources of funding, so they
may continue to offer family planning services (including abortion counseling)
to all women - especially poor and impoverished women.
The following is an excerpt from an urgent appeal issued by NOW, followed
by the addresses of both NOW and Planned Parenthood:
The National Organization for Women has launched an EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION
TO SAVE ABORTION RIGHTS that "targets two critical pieces of Federal legislatio
n -- The Title X Pregnancy Counseling Act that requires clinics to give
women COMPLETE and ACCURATE information about abortion ... and The Freedom
of Choice Act that provides women in every state with the ROE v. WADE guarantee
regardless of what courts or state legislatures do.
Our EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION TO SAVE ABORTION RIGHTS has four key steps:
FIRST, we're calling on all NOW activists to organize
demonstrations, pickets and other DIRECT ACTIONS at
Congressional offices around the country demanding
passage of these crucial Federal bills.
SECOND, we're gearing up our activists and
supporters for a massive, grassroots IN-DISTRICT
LOBBYING AND ACTION CAMPAIGN on Senators and members of
Congress when they are home during the July break.
THIRD, we're reactivating our PHONE BANKS in cities
and communities all across the country to enlist help
in this all-out effort from the hundreds of thousands
of activists who marched and rallied for abortion
rights in Washington D.C in 1989.
FOURTH, We're flooding the office of House Speaker Tom
Foley with POST CARDS (available from NOW) FROM VOTERS
demanding that The Title X Pregnancy Counseling Act be
scheduled for a vote immediately -- before the July
To contribute or find out how you can help, contact your local chapter
of NOW, or Planned Parenthood, or at their national offices listed below:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
810 Seventh Avenue
P.O. Box 4447 Phone: (212) 541-7800
New York, NY 10164-0359
National Organization for Women
1000 16th Street, N.W.
P.O. Box 96825 Phone: (202) 331-0066
Washington, D.C. 20036
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