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  Check out these organizations who work tirelessly to maintain the rights we've won and provide the information and services we need to live full, healthy and happy lives. NARAL ProChoice AmericaPlanned Parenthood Federation of AmericaNational Organization of Women

 
     
  NARAL ProChoice America  
 
"Our goal at NARAL
is to help find workable answers that will ultimately reduce the need for abortions. Ignoring shortcomings in access to contraception, reproductive health care, and sex education while ripping away a woman's right to choose will only result in more unintended pregnancies and more abortions. This shortsighted approach is neither American nor life affirming.

Until we achieve our goal, it is critical that those who value the freedom and independence we enjoy in this country work hard now to protect a woman's right to choose. For now, that basic American right is seriously at risk."   

About NARAL Pro-Choice America - (formerly The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League)

More than thirty years after Roe v. Wade, the pro-choice movement is still fighting to protect and defend a woman’s right to choose. Unlike the other rights we expect as Americans, this is not one we can take for granted. NARAL Pro-Choice America is the only organization with a proven history and expertise to combat an aggressive anti-choice movement intent on taking away our rights and freedoms.

Since Roe access to abortion has become increasingly tenuous. In its 1992 Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sharply reduced its protections. Since that year, anti-choice forces around the nation have accepted Casey's invitation to introduce and enact a cascade of burdensome measures.

Both state and federal governments are restricting reproductive rights – including access to contraception, legal abortion and sex education – on a widespread scale. Eighty-seven percent of counties in the United States have no abortion provider. Since 1995, states have enacted more than 380 anti-choice measures and Congress has voted 166 times with anti-choice politicians winning all but 32 of those votes. Abortion is becoming less available even though it remains legal.

With every political trend working against us, the fact is, the need for abortion will never go away until we, as a country, can achieve two of NARAL Pro-Choice America's goals: better access to more effective contraceptive options and better access to other kinds of reproductive health care and information.

NARAL Pro-Choice America works to reduce the need for abortions. Americans need better access to contraception, health care and sex education. But, anti-choice forces are chipping away at a woman's right to choose which results in more unintended pregnancies and more abortions.

That is the challenge. But therein lies the opportunity. As the political and grassroots arm of the pro-choice movement, NARAL Pro-Choice America is mobilizing millions of pro-choice supporters to achieve these goals.

Until we attain our goals, it is critical that those who value the freedom and independence we enjoy in this country mobilize to protect a woman's right to choose. For now, that basic American right is seriously at risk.

 
     
  PPFA – Planned Parenthood  
 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is the world's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization.
Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916 as America's first birth control clinic, Planned Parenthood believes in everyone's right to choose when or whether to have a child, that every child should be wanted and loved, and that women should be in charge of their own destinies.

Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being. We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life, strong family relationships, and population stability. 


Planned Parenthood Health Centers
Planned Parenthood operates approximately 875 health centers in 49 states and DC, serving nearly five million men, women and teenagers every year. Find one near you.

Current Planned Parenthood Campaigns

"A solid majority of Americans support the ideal of ensuring that every child is a wanted child. Unfortunately, there are state and federal policies being debated that could make it difficult for many women and men to access the health services that would help them achieve this ideal, and existing public policies deny people the information and access to resources they need to make informed decisions about their lives. Planned Parenthood advocates for new policies at the federal and state levels that will advance responsible reproductive health care and decision making. And we, too, are making a commitment to better meet the health care needs of women and their families. "

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  NOW – National Organization for Women  
 
NOW is dedicated to
making legal, political, social and economic change in our society in order to achieve our goal, which is to eliminate sexism and end all oppression.   

NOW strives to:
• eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society;
secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women;
• end all forms of violence against women;
• eradicate racism, sexism, and homophobia;
• promote equality and justice in our society.

NOW achieves its goals through direct mass actions (including marches, rallies, pickets, counter-demonstrations, non-violent civil disobedience) intensive lobbying, grassroots political organizing and litigation (including class-action lawsuits.)

NOW's official priorities are pressing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; achieving economic equality for women" target="_blank">economic equality for women; championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women's health issues; supporting civil rights for all and opposing racism; opposing bigotry against lesbians and gays; and ending violence against women.

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  There are many more organizations working to the same ends of freedom, equality, health and safety. If you'd like to see other organizations featured here, just send an email.  
 
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