Friday, March 13, 2009

National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

This month is an active month for appreciation and celebration! After all, we’re vivaciously recognizing Women’s History Month, and recent legislation by the House and Senate for the reestablishment of affordable birth control is cause for cheer. But in the midst of all this celebration and recognition is a day of appreciation often overlooked.

March 10th was National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. With all the great activity that supporters are continually working on we’re constantly recognizing their efforts, but sometimes overlooking the everyday activity of the workers who help carryout the right we so passionately defend.

Abortion providers are facing countless obstacles right now and are in need of some serious appreciation. State laws are tightening access to abortion, clinic violence is increasing, and many health activists are nearing the age of retirement. Around the nation, 85% of counties still do not have abortion providers, and clinic workers are hesitant to take up work in anti-choice areas where social alienation and danger is prominent.

Now is the time to show some appreciation for abortion providers and clinic staff who help carryout our rights everyday. Give thanks to your local providers by stopping by with thank you cards and let them know you appreciate their work. Find out if a local clinic is in need of clinic escorts and volunteer your time! Visit Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region for information about volunteering.

Though this day of recognition has passed, that doesn’t mean we can’t continually offer our thanks! Make donations at organizations assisting women’s health care. Visit Planned Parenthood for donations and up to date information, programs, and support. Stay updated with current policy regarding abortion (hello “conscious clause” that Obama hopes to rescind!) and stay active in defending our right!

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