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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, #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 Issue
  • 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 outreach@aradia.org.

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 Issue
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.