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Aradia Women's Health Center's
Women's Health Matters, #28
Thursday, April 6, 2020

This Issue's Topics

  • Aradia Women’s Health Center Thanks Executive Director Marcy Bloom For Eighteen-Year Legacy!
  • Celebrate Mother's Day By Giving Mother's New HIV Prevention Options
  • Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Aradia Women’s Health Center Thanks Executive Director Marcy Bloom For Eighteen-Year Legacy!

Today, Friday, May 12, 2006, Aradia Women’s Health Center (AWHC) will bid farewell and best wishes to its esteemed director Marcy Bloom, the longest-term leader in its thirty-three year history. Marcy’s resignation leaves an outstanding legacy of groundbreaking activism focused extensively on the destigmatization of abortion, ensuring cultural proficiency and providing eighteen years of leadership in the reproductive rights and health community in Seattle. Marcy has been at the helm of Seattle’s first, nonprofit abortion and gynecological health center since 1987. Thanks to Marcy’s leadership, what began as a small collective of four women with dreams of better health care for women is now a thriving non-profit organization with an expert medical team, a communications and outreach department engaged in regional, national, and international activities and a diverse and skilled Board of Directors. Marcy Bloom says, “I am excited about passing the torch to new leadership. I am retiring to pursue other initiatives in my life, including the writing of a book based on my reproductive health and rights career, and to travel. I have given my all to this amazing organization that serves women so uniquely and I leave it knowing that it is in strong and capable hands.” “Marcy is a fearless visionary, and we are going to miss her very much,” says current Board President, Scott Leopold. “She has contributed so much to advance the cause of women's reproductive rights. Marcy has earned her place in the human rights Hall of Fame."

Through Marcy’s guidance and passion for the mission of Aradia, the organization has grown into a strong and viable organization. Over the years, Marcy’s extensive contributions have included overseeing the organization’s mission and unique message to regional, national and international audiences through communications and outreach campaigns. Aradia has earned a place in the reproductive rights dialogue both in the United States and in Mexico. Marcy has been a leader in the reproductive rights movement here in Seattle for almost twenty years and was integral in the passage of Initiative 120 in 1991 and the defeat of the anti- choice Initiative 694 in 1998.

The board and staff at Aradia will miss Marcy's passion and tireless energy for the organization and the movement at large. Marcy has mentored numerous Aradia staff women and members of the community over the years helping to usher in a new generation of reproductive health and rights advocates as they earned MPH, MPA, MD and Nursing degrees around the world. Please take a moment to honor Marcy with a donation to Aradia today. Use the link at the bottom of this e-newsletter to express just how much Marcy's commitment to Aradia means to you!

Aradia Women’s Health Center is now embarking on a thorough search for a new Executive Director. The Board of Directors and staff of the center look forward to this new phase in Aradia’s growth and are committed to continuing to provide the community with the expert medical care, progressive community education initiatives and passionate public dialogue on reproductive rights. We will certainly be consulting with our stakeholders throughout this process and look forward to hearing from you, our donors, about the direction we’re heading, and how we’re going to get there. Please be on the lookout for communication from us in the coming months specifically about Aradia’s future! And, as always, please feel free to contact us with any comments at aradiawhc@aradia.org. We are poised and prepared to take on new and exciting challenges and look forward to doing it with you, the members our community.

Celebrate Mother's Day By Giving Mother's New HIV Prevention Options
Ask your Representatives to sign on to the Microbicide Development Act

On Friday, May 12, call Congress and ask them to support the MDA.

Together with advocates all over the country, we are trying to get 10 new co-sponsors for this important legislation by the end of May. Please join us and take 5 minutes on FRIDAY, May 12th to help expand our HIV prevention options.

What are microbicides? Microbicides are a class of products currently under development that women could apply topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections. Microbicides could come in a variety of forms, including gels, creams or rings that would release the drug slowly over days or weeks. Learn more at www.global-campaign.org

Barely 2% of the US budget for HIV/AIDS research - only two cents of every dollar -- is spent on efforts to find a safe, effective microbicide. With the support this bill provides, we could have one on the market in the next 5 to 7 years. Without such support, it's likely to take a lot longer!

What is the Microbicide Development Act? The goal of the Microbicide Development Act (MDA) is to achieve better coordination and expanded resources for microbicide research and development activities at three federal agencies that work on microbicides.

What can you do? On Friday May 12, Call your Representative and leave a message as simple as: "I am calling to ask the Representative to celebrate Mother's Day by signing on to the Microbicide Development Act (H.R. 3854 or S.550). The Microbicide Development Act can help save mothers' lives around the world." You can also email them and send them the attached Mother's Day Card.

The following is a list of Washington state representatives that have not yet signed onto the Microbicides Development Act: Dave Reichert (R) 8th District DC Phone: 202-225-7761 DC Fax: 202-225-4282 Email Address: http://www.house.gov/reichert/IMA/issue_subscribe.h tm District Office: Mercer Island, WA Voice: 206-275-3438 FAX: 206-275-3437

Richard R Larsen (D) 2nd District DC Phone: 202-225-2605 DC Fax: 202-225-4420 Email Address: Rick.Larsen@mail.house.gov District Office: Bellingham, WA Voice: 360-733-4500 FAX: 360-733-5144

Jay Inslee (D) 1st District DC Phone: 202-225-6311 DC Fax: 202-226-1606 Email Address: http://www.house.gov/inslee/contact/email.html District Office: Shoreline, WA Voice: 206-361-0233 FAX: 206-361-0233

Norman Dicks (D) 6th District DC Phone: 202-225-5916 DC Fax: 202-226-1176 Email Address: http://www.house.gov/dicks/contact.html District Office: Port Angeles, WA Voice: 360-452-3370 FAX: 360-452-3502

Do You Have a Story to Tell?

Aradia Women's Health Center is an active, local advocate for women's rights and women's health issues. We often get calls from the local and national media for comment on or participation in a story that is being crafted about reproductive justice for women.

Have you ever been refused emergency contraception by a pharmacist or a health care provider? Have you had an abortion and feel comfortable sharing your story anonymously or not?

If you have a personal story to tell about your health care experiences particularly related to abortion or contraception, and feel comfortable telling it (anonymously or not), we'd like to talk to you! Aradia is committed to telling women's stories in the media and elsewhere honestly and compassionately, creating a dialogue with women - not just about women! If you'd like more information, please feel free to contact Amie Newman, Communications Manager, at (206) 323-1042 or email her at communications@aradia.org.