Personal Decision and Public Action

Today you may be discovering just how personal is the decision of whether or not to have an abortion. And, while you may need to sort through a variety of feelings about your options, we do ask you to remember that the controversies surrounding the abortion issue are far-reaching and extend to many other women besides yourself. Perhaps you already know of other friends or relatives who have faced an abortion decision. At some point in the future, abortion may touch the lives of others you know, such as friends, sisters, or daughters. It is important for those whose lives have been personally touched by this issue to aid in the defense of personal liberty and choice against the well-financed lobbies and self-righteous attitudes of those advocating the return of illegal abortion. To help defend this personal liberty, we suggest that you

  • Write your elected officials and let them know you support CHOICE.
  • Identify and support pro-CHOICE candidates during political campaigning, donating your time and financial support.
  • Join pro-CHOICE organizations, volunteer your time, and contribute funds to help their organized efforts to support CHOICE.
  • Financially support established loan funds to help women to pay their abortion expenses.
  • Express your support of CHOICE in conversations with others who will be influenced by your thoughts.

Call your city hall to find out who your elected officials are. You can write your State Representatives in care of your state capitol. You can write to your U.S. Senators and congressperson at the following addresses:

The Honorable Dave Loebsack
House of Representative
Washington, DC 20515

Senator Chuck Grassley
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Joni Earnst
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Here are addresses of national pro-choice organizations you can join or to which you can send donations:

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
125 Broad St. 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004-2400

Catholics for a Free Choice
1436 U Street NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20009

Medical Students for Choice
2482 Shattuch Ave. Suite 250
Berkley, CA 94704

National Abortion Federation
1755 Massachusetts Ave, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League
1156 15th St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

National Organization for Women
1000 16th St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

National Women's Health Network
514 10th St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004

Planned Parenthood of America
810 Seventh Ave
New York, NY 10019

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice c/o CLPP
1025 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 1130
Washington, DC 20005

National Network of Abortion Funds
Hampshire College
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002

National Coalition of Abortion Providers
206 King Street 2nd Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314