article written for newsletter in Sept. 2002

Proud to Provide Abortion

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Feminist Women's Health Center in Washington

Dear Friends,

From the very beginning we have been certain about one thing: access to abortion and health information has the power to change lives.

Since 1980, more than 55,000 women have received health care at our four clinics. With your support, we have helped empower them to believe in themselves and their decisions. We are proud to provide abortion and birth control - for these are tools of freedom.

This year we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary. The following pages tell our story. It is a story of activism. Activism to protect and expand access to choices-to build respect for women who seek and those who provide abortion services-to improve abortion care-to teach skills to doctors and staff-to demystify women's bodies-to turn a promise of freedom and equality into reality.

With the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision reversing Nebraska's abortion ban in June, we realize how fragile our freedom of choice is. It is a freedom, and a right, that 43% of American women will utilize during their childbearing years.

We need your activism today to protect this fundamental freedom. Become involved. Ask yourself what you can do to prevent the Supreme Court from overturning Roe v. Wade.

Give financially if you can, to support the work of the Feminist Women's Health Center. Give of your time to vote and let your elected officials know your views. Speak out and share your insights, especially if you or someone your know has experienced abortion. Give of your heart to trust women.

For 20 years we have pursued a vision of a world where all women freely make their own decisions about their bodies, reproduction and sexuality-and fulfill their own unique potential.

Thank you for your support! We hope you enjoy this 20th Anniversary newsletter.


Beverly Whipple,
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Voices for Choice Fall 2000, 20th Anniversary Edition Articles

"I sing sometimes/ like my life was at stake/ cause you're only as loud/ as the noises you make/ i'm learning to laugh /as loud as I can listen/ cause silence is violence/ in women and poor people/ if more people were screamin/ maybe then i could relax/ but a good brain ain't diddly/ if you don't have the facts."
- Ani Difranco

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