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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, #23
Friday, May 27, 2020

This Issue's Topics

  • Speak Up!
  • Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities
  • Women Who Dare

Speak Up!

"Let's make sure every child in the world is cared for, every last little boy and girl already on this earth is healthy, safe and supported and then and only then do any of us have a right to consider the good or bad, the moral implications of what others do."   -Meghan B., Aradia client, in an excerpt from her story addressing her abortion experience.

Read our I Had An Abortion: Real Stories. Real Choices. Vol. 1.

Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities
Keeping Sexuality Education Alive!

On April 24th, 2005 the Washington state legislature adjourned on a mostly positive note, and as we mentioned in the March issue of Women's Health Matters, no anti-choice legislation made it out of committee! Unfortunately, the Healthy Youth Act (also known as "The Sex Ed Bill") did not pass. Thank you, however, is due to all of our supporters who contacted their representatives to advocate for passage of the bill and to our lobbyist, Pam Crone, and her fellow lobbyists and advocates who worked so hard and in collaboration on behalf of the young people in our state!

While comprehensive sexuality education for our Seattle public school students is not a uniform reality yet, Aradia is doing our part to educate young people on reproductive health and rights.

In April 2005, we embarked upon a Needs Assessment: Healthy Youth, Healthy Communities. The assessment was designed as a survey to help us uncover the state of reproductive health and abortion information available to health teachers in Seattle public and private schools, as well as organizations serving women.

We are surveying almost 70 health educators and teachers across Seattle and approximately 100 organizations. The information we receive will help us clarify and solidify Aradia's role in the reproductive health education landscape in Seattle, increase collaboration with other organizations and most importantly, help educate young people in Seattle around these issues!

Women Who Dare
Amelia Earhart and ... Marcy Bloom!

This month, back in 1932, she started the trek from Harbor Grace, Newfoundland, to Paris. Strong north winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems forced her to land in a pasture in Ireland. It didn't, however, stop President Herbert Hoover from presenting Amelia Earhart with a gold medal from the National Geographic Society or Congress from awarding her the Distinguished Flying Cross. This marked the first time this honors was ever bestowed on a woman. At the ceremony, she was praised for her "heroic courage and skill as a navigator at the risk of her life."

This month in 2005, we would like to recognize the "heroic courage", passion and drive of a modern day woman who dares -- A woman who has an unparalleled commitment to the well-being of the women of the world, our inimitable executive director Marcy Bloom!

The Seattle Section of the National Council of Jewish Women is presenting their "Women Who Dare" award to Marcy on June 5th, 2005 at their Annual Meeting and we'd like you to join us in telling Marcy congratulations and keep up the great work!

Marcy has been the executive director of Aradia Women's Health Center for 18 years. In that time, Marcy has worked with thousands of women who have come through our door. Marcy holds women's hands during their abortion, counsels women post-abortion and her commitment never wavers. Marcy advocates for the right to a safe, legal abortion on behalf of the women of Washington state by testifying in Olympia during the legislative session. She collaborates with and supports reproductive rights activist colleagues in Mexico by co-writing opinion pieces for U.S. newspapers, mentoring Mexican colleagues who visit the U.S. Her belief in the right of all women across the world to control and decide their destinies remains fierce. Marcy's dedication to the world of reproductive rights and health has benefited thousands of women and we applaud her today and every day!

Please join us as we say THANK YOU MARCY by making a tax deductible donation to Aradia Women's Health Center! Whether it's $18 or $180 in honor of Marcy's 18 years with AWHC, help us honor and acknowledge Marcy Bloom's dazzling dedication to Aradia Women's Health Center and the women we serve!