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MAY 20, 2004: CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS FIGHTS TO EXTEND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS TO MILITARY WOMEN!
Imagine, women are serving in the military in Iraq and all over the world but can not obtain an abortion at a military hospital, under any circumstance, even if they pay for it out of their own pocket! What if a woman is raped! What if her health is threatened? What if she feels that being pregnant compromises her ability to fulfill her commitment and duty to serve the country?

Davis's amendment allows military personnel and their family members serving overseas to use their own funds to obtain safe, legal abortion services in overseas US military hospitals.

Current law prohibits the use of US military medical facilities to obtain abortion services even if personal funds are used. This requires a woman to either return to the United States, which can be difficult, or use medical facilities in which the country they are stationed. Many of these facilities do not meet the safety and medical standards of the US.

Pro-Choice Organizations, Reproductive Law, Voter Information


National Pro-Choice Organizations

National Abortion Federation-NAF The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada similar to a specialized AMA. NAF's mission is to keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible.

National Organization for Women-NOW The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive ChoiceToday, the Religious Coalition is an alliance of national organizations from major faiths, affiliates throughout the country, and the national Clergy for Choice Network, Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom, and The Black Church Initiative.

NARAL Pro-Choice America NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation Who Decides? A state by state Report on the Status of Women's Reproductive Rights Excellent information on the status of reproductive rights in each state.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Informative site! Reproductive health information and advocacy for reproductive rights. Reproductive freedom-the fundamental right of every individual to decide freely and responsibly when and whether to have a child-is a reaffirmation of the principle of individual liberty cherished by most people worldwide. It helps ensure that children will be wanted and loved, that families will be strong and secure, and that choice rather than chance will guide the future of humanity.



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California State Pro-Choice Organizations

ACCESSwas created in 1993 to combat the barriers to health care and make reproductive freedom a reality for all women. We believe the right to make our own reproductive and sexual decisions is essential to women's full social, economic and political equality. Our goal is to bridge the gaps between rights and reality.

California League of Women Voters Since 1920, encouraging informed and active participation in government. The League is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization of women and men which never supports or opposes candidates or political parties. Unbiased voter information.

California NOW The California National Organization for Women (CA NOW) is the largest state organization of feminists, both women and men, in the United States. It is made up of 40 chapters throughout the state, representing over 20,000 members. CA NOW began in 1969 and held its first statewide conference on women's issues in Sacramento in May 1972.

California NOW PAC Our purpose is to dramatically increase the number of feminist women elected to public office and to advance the feminist agenda through electoral activity. Informative site with voting records and ratings.

Naral Pro-Choice California Educates voters about reproductive rights in California. Provides resources and information for voters who want to support pro-choice legislation and elect pro-choice legislators.

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Reproductive health information and advocacy for reproductive rights.

American Association of University Women of California The AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.



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Local San Jose and South Bay Pro-Choice Organizations

National Organization for Women-San Jose/South Bay Chapter

League of Women Voters for Southwest Santa Clara Valley: Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno

Pro-Choice Coalition of Santa Clara County
(408) 536-0802
Founded in 1989, broad based coalition of pro-choice organizations, individuals and health care providers.
Members of the Coalition include:
AAUW - Interbranch Council, AAUW - Los Gatos/Saratoga Branch, AAUW - San Jose Branch, AAUW - Sunnyvale/Cupertino Branch, ACLU - South Bay, NARAL Pro-choice California, California Republican League - Santa Clara County, Choice Medical Group, Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County, DAWN - Democratic Activists for Women Now, Democratic Central Committee of Santa Clara County, The Green Party - Santa Clara County, The Humanist Community, League of Women Voters - Cupertino/Sunnyvale, League of Women Voters - Los Gatos/Saratoga/Monte Sereno, League of Women Voters - San Jose/ Santa Clara, National Council of Jewish Women - Greater San Jose Section, The National Lawyer's Guild, NOW -San Jose/ South Bay, OWL - Older Women's League, Peninsula Democratic Coalition, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Women's Community Medical Clinic SEIU - Service Employee's International Union - Local 715.

American Association of University Women Santa Clara Valley, California includes local branches: Palo Alto, Los Altos-Mountain View, Sunnyvale-Cupertino, San Jose, Los Gatos-Saratoga
San Jose Branch (408) 294-2430

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
(408) 287-7526

BACORR-The Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights Contact number (415) 437-4032 or Email: [email protected]



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Reproductive Law: Abortion, National and State laws, Parental Consent, Access, Family Planning

NARAL Pro-Choice AmericaLegislative information. Timely Laws and voting records.

NARAL State-by-state Reproductive Information Detailed voting records and legal infomation. Grades each state.

Federal Law-Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances

"Lawmakers Grapple With Parents' Role in Teen Access to Reproductive Health Care" an article by The Alan Guttmacher Institute which discusses minors' access to confidential reproductive health care and national statistics.

National Abortion Federation Fact Sheet ROE v. WADE and the History of Abortion in America

Abortion Law Homepage Just the facts; avoids political bias.



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Voter Information

Learn about the candidates. How do your elected officials vote. Voting records and rating of elected officials.

Election 2004 Check out
Pro-Choice Candidates and
Elected Officials

Presidential Election 2004

Sen. John Kerry Official Web Site
Sen. John Edwards Official Web Site

California Senators

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Sen. Diane Feinstein

Bay Area Congresssional Leaders
U.S. House of Representatives

Mike Honda, 15th District
Anna Eshoo, 14th District
Zoe Lofgren, 16th District
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader, 8th District
Barbara Lee, 9th District

Congressional Record on Choice-View by State, NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice California Voting Records

NOW PAC-National Organization for Women Political Action Committee Information

NOW PAC- National Organization for Women Political Action Committee Endorsements of elected officials or candidates in California

California League of Women Voters



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