1. Register to Vote and Vote.
To register to vote, you can go to any fire station, police
station or public library. Fill out the voter registration
forms there. Or register to vote at: www.beavoter.org.
Also, when you renew or get your first driver's license,
you can register to vote at the same time.
Ask for a permanent absentee ballot!
That way you can vote by mail every time. When you are ready
to vote, sit down and review the voters guide and any information
you have about the candidates. Call the candidates if you
want to know their views on an issue. Washington
residents can request to vote by mail always.
Resources on local, state, and national candidates and
League of Women Voters: http://www.lwv.org/voter
Project Vote Smart: http://www.vote-smart.org
2. Write to your elected representatives
- Letters make a difference!
The people who represent us need to know we are pro-choice.
Give your personal reasons and urge elected officials to
do all in their power to protect every women's right to
safe accessible abortion, regardless of her age, income,
or the state in which she lives. Tell them you trust women
Click here for a
sample letter. Copy it and paste it into your word processor
or email program. Then personalize it adding your own views.
Hand-written letters get the most attention.
If you use e-mail, sign yourself up with the National Abortion Federation to receive alerts for when to contact your Members of Congress. Or, use the button below.
you know who represents you?
If you live in WA, the League of Women Voters can tell
you who represents you. Call 206-622-8961 or 206-329-4848.
If you are registered to vote, your voter registration card
tells which precinct and district you reside in. This information
determines who your elected representatives are.
For WA residents: check out the Washington Legislature's District Finder and use your zipcode
to find what district you're in or to find out the address for your state legislators in Olympia.
If you live outside WA, ask Project Vote Smart.
Email to U.S. Senators and Members of Congress. Click
here for a sample letter.
Congress - Map of US, lists of members of Congress with
complete lists of addresses, phone numbers, faxes and emails.
Vote Smart - election results, Congressional votes on
issues, voter registration info, ballot measures - for all
of Congress tracks all current and recent federal legislation,
roll-call votes, and information on legislative process.
Quarterly - news about legislation in the U.S. Congresss
- House and Senate members can be found by name, committee,
party affiliation, city, state, county, or zip code. Other
searches can be performed by name, keyword, and other congressional
organizations and agencies.
Government - good place to learn about how government
works - including The Cabinet.
3. Be a Voice for Choice
Word of mouth is the most powerful way to spread ideas.
Use your vocal power to stand up for women who choose abortion
and the clinics who serve them.
Pro-choice people want to let individuals make their own
decisions about the situations their lives. Without the government's involvement!
Pro-choice people are the majority. We stand for freedom.
It's time to say so, strongly, without apology.
Wherever abortion is being discussed, whether in is the
call-in talk-radio shows, chatrooms on the Internet, in
your family living room, at a PTA or community meeting,
share your thoughts and ideas. Don't be afraid of controversy.
Sharing ideas will help others understand how important
and central abortion is to women being able to live their
Share your own abortion experience with others. Telling
the truth about women's lives helps strengthen our movement
for freedom. One in three American women will have an
abortion in her lifetime. We are not alone!
Write a letter to the editor to be printed in your local paper. Call a radio talk show. Speak out.
4. Join the Pro-Choice Movement.
Send a contribution. Donations
go to provide abortion and expand options, for clinic security,
to train physicians, to make choice accessible to women
with limited resources, to support community education programs
like this website, and to build support for women's freedom
5. Pay for an abortion for a woman
Abortion is legal, but out of the reach of many. Contribute
to the Women In Need (WIN) Fund to make choice accessible
to women with limited resources.
For a donation of $500, you can pay for a first
trimester abortion. Most women have some resources, but
cannot pay the full amount. Whatever size contribution you send, it will
reduce the price for a woman in need making woman she can get
the health care she deserves.
Did you know we could give AIDS drugs to everyone with AIDS in Africa for a fraction of the cost of the war in Iraq? Make your opinions known.
Feminist Women's Health Center