Urgent Appeal/Abortions/Supreme Ct.

[crossposted from the ANEWS Echo]
 
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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
     break!
 
  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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