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"All of my previous notions of an abortion procedure were dissipated. The women who worked with me soothed any anxiety I had, which empowered my decision even more."
—Aradia Client

Aradia Women's Health Center's
Women's Health Matters, #21
Friday, January 28, 2021

This Issue's Topics

  • Counter-Protest the Anti-choice in Seattle: We Need Your Help!
  • I Had an Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices.
  • Welcome to the 2005 Legislative Session!
  • Same Day HIV Results Coming Soon!

Did you access our services this year? Contribute financially? Volunteer your time and energy? Stand up for your reproductive rights at a public rally or protest?

Aradia would like to say THANK YOU! January 22nd, Roe v. Wade Day, marked 32 years of safe, legal abortion in the United States and Aradia thanks ALL of our supporters for doing your part to ensure that women in our community continue to receive the care they need and deserve, our community remains informed and our state laws support women's health!

Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision based on the right to privacy making abortion legal.

To celebrate the Roe v. Wade decision, Aradia co- sponsored a series of fabulous events around the city including the Reproductive Rights Rally at Westlake Plaza where Emily Lyons, an Honorary Board Member, moved the crowd with her story of survival after the 1998 bombing of her Alabama abortion clinic which left her almost blind and badly injured. However, women younger than 32 years old have grown up with abortion as a constitutional right and may not feel the threat.

It is in the spirit of ever moving forward that Aradia Women's Health Center remains committed to ensuring not only that our legal right to an abortion remains protected but that we continually work on new and different ways to connect with women of all ages & backgrounds, especially younger women and to provide opportunities and spaces for their voices to be heard!

While AWHC acknowledges that extended or continuous use birth control pills may not be for every woman, our center has been offering women in our community the option of continuous use birth control for many years. It is certainly not new for women taking birth control pills to plan on skipping a period by taking only the "active" or non-placebo pills in their pack.  

Counter-Protest the Anti-choice in Seattle: We Need Your Help!
Saturday, January 29 at 11:00am at Westlake Plaza
Human Life of Washington will be gathering at Westlake Plaza tomorrow, Saturday, January 29th to protest women's freedom of choice calling it a "Silent No More Awareness Gathering."

NARAL Pro-choice Washington is organizing a counter- protest! Join us tomorrow to let them know that Seattle is PRO-CHOICE!

I Had an Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices.
Thursday, March 10th @ 6pm at Capitol Hill Arts Center

Every woman is unique. Every woman has her own story. What is yours?

ARADIA WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER, along with community partners The CAIR Project, Home Alive and ROCKRGRL, is screening Jennifer Baumgardner's I Had an Abortion documentary. This film is part of our community destigmatization campaign, encouraging women and men to share their personal experiences with abortion. We are collecting abortion stories for a book we will distribute at the event, and are still looking for submissions. Anonymous submissions are accepted. The event is 21 and older (there is a cash bar and food available) but the book submission is open to anyone, in any part of the country.

Please contact Liz at outreach@aradia.org if you are interested in submitting.

Welcome to the 2005 Legislative Session!
You Can Help Our Kids Get the True Scoop!

January 10th marked the start of the legislative session of the Washington state legislature. With pro- choice Governor Christine Gregoire (at least for the moment!) we are counting on a supportive session for women's rights!

However there is a bill which puts us on the offensive and we need your help to make it successful!

SB 5306, the "Sexuality Education" bill, requires that if a school district offers sexual health education it must include not only abstinence information but medically accurate information on birth control focusing on both prevention of pregnancy as well as of sexually transmitted diseases.

Tuesday, February 15th is Reproductive Rights and Health Lobby Day! Join a statewide coalition of organizations, parents and concerned members to educate decision-makers to support comprehensive sexual health education in Washington state!

For more information, please email Amie at communications@aradia.org.

Same Day HIV Results Coming Soon!  

Aradia Women's Health Center is pleased to be able to offer a brand new service to the women of our community. HIV Rapid Results testing is coming soon. Please call our clinic line for more information or to schedule an appointment: 206-323-9388!

For general clinic services, please email aradiawhc@aradia.org or call 206-323-9388.