Women's Health Matters, #22
Tuesday, March 29, 2020
This Issue's Topics
- I Had an Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices.
- 2005 Legislative Session Update
- Shame, Secrecy Still Follow the
- Art for Choice!
I Had an Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices.
If you missed it, join us for a benefit
screening in April!
Over 100 women and men squeezed into the Capitol Hill Arts Center for our very successful "coming out" event on Thursday, March 10th! Aradia, along with community partners, The CAIR Project, Home Alive and ROCKRGRL magazine, organized an abortion speak-out and screened the new documentary,
Speak Out: I Had An Abortion, by Jennifer Baumgardner and Gillian Aldrich.
If you'd like information on the book entitled I Had An Abortion, Real Stories. Real Choices. produced by Aradia Women's Health Center. please email Liz at
2005 Legislative Session Update
The Healthy Youth Act Needs Our Help!
As of today, Tuesday, March 29th, the sex education bill known as the Healthy Youth Act (ESHB 1282), legislation that would require that medically accurate sexuality education be taught alongside abstinence only education in Washington state school districts that teach sexuality education, has not been voted out of the Senate Education Committee. We need your help!
PLEASE call the legislative hotline today and tell them: I support
Comprehensive Sex Education for our young people!
The legislative hotline number is: 1-800-562-6000.
Other legislation that fortunately did not pass out of committee and against which Aradia Women's Health Center actively lobbied included two bills that would have virtually stripped women of their privacy rights as well as a bill prohibiting the non-existent "partial birth abortion" procedure on which the citizens of Washington state have already voted to leave reproductive choices, confidential medical decisions between a woman and her doctor.
Sen. Val Stevens' bill required that hospitals and clinics report to the Department of Health not only the number of abortions performed each month but information about the women who received them. In addition, a copy of the report would be sent to the woman and the man who impregnated her.
Aradia Women's Health Center also opposed a Parental Notification bill that would have virtually stripped women of their privacy rights.
Persuade your legislators to vote for ESHB 1282, The Healthy Youth Act!
Shame, Secrecy Still Follow the
Seattle PI Opinion Editorial by Marcy Bloom, AWHC's Executive Director
"I Had An Abortion"
I recently received a T-shirt with this
phrase emblazoned across the front and
contemplated who might actually wear one. In
a society that talks about everything and
anything in every type of media outlet, I
wonder why it remains so difficult for a
woman to say these words.
Read Full Story Here
Art for Choice!
Aradia Partnering with Local Artists.
"Art for Choice" our Open House/Art
Show will take place this June at our
clinic! The event will showcase the work of
local artists who support choice and Aradia
Women's Health Center.
As part of our community campaign to
destigmatize abortion we continue to exhibit
the art of the amazingly generous local
artists (like Jacqueline Barnett whose
painting is on the right) who have loaned
their art for our clinic walls. We thank all
of our artists who are partnering with us to
help women who come through our doors to
feel more comfortable, less stigmatized and
even inspired by the compelling art that
hangs throughout our clinic.