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Chicago Pro Choice Updates [Sep. 30th, 2006|09:23 am]
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Hello, fellow reproductive freedom fighters! Here's your updates.

-Pro Choice Action Committee EVENTS

Hyde Amendment Anniversary
Bike Ride, Film Screening and Panel Discussion

When: Saturday, September 30th
Bike Ride: Starts at 1pm, at Wicker Park (Damen and Schiller) | Ends at panel (prizes will be given for best political shirts, bikes, and other fun categories!)
Panel: Begins at 3pm, at Roosevelt University, 430 S Michigan
How Much: Donation (no one turned away- all profits raised will go to the Chicago Abortion Fund!)
Roosevelt University is wheelchair accessible.

Ride with us on an informative, fun bike ride to promote reproductive justice! Prizes will be given in several categories, including most decorated bike, best reproductive freedom shirts, and more! A little speech will be given, as well as flyers to hand out as we ride to Roosevelt University, where we will be screening Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance and have speakers from several pro choice groups discussing historical and recent attacks on women's health justice and how we can help stop them.

Speak Out: I Had An Abortion
screening and discussion

When: Thursday, October 19th at 7pm
Where: New World Resource Center
How Much: Donation (no one turned away)

Birthing Options Panel

When: Saturday, November 18th
Where: Roosevelt University (430 S Michigan, wheelchair accessible)
How Much: Donation (no one turned away)
Wheelchair Accessible

Come learn about alternatives to a medical hospital birth from a panel of experienced birth assistants. Learn how and why to find a practitioner from Karen Laing. Learn about the roles of doulas from Ami Burns, LCCE, CD(DONA); and about midwives from Kathy Puls, CNM. Jennifer Gagnon, CNM will explain homebirth, and Gayle Riedmann, CNM will explain waterbirth. After this informative panel of speakers, we will open up the floor for some Q & A, and be sure to stick around and check out our tables, with Pomegranate's zines and merchandise, and some information from and about the speakers.

-Next Pro Choice Action Committee MEETING

Tuesday, October 10th; 6pm
Cafe Mestizo, 1646 W 18th St
NOT wheelchair accessible
(if you would like to suggest a date, time or place for our next meeting, please feel free to drop us a note)

-Other Group's Pro Choice Events

"Jane: An Abortion Service" Screening
Friday, October 6 at 7:00

Las Manos Gallery presents a screening of Nell Lundy and Kate Kirtz's film "Jane: An Abortion Service." Jane, a Chicago-based women's health group, performed nearly 12,000 SAFE, illegal abortions between 1969-1973. As Jane members describe finding feminism and clients describe finding Jane, archival footage and recreations mingle to depict how the repression of the early sixties and social movement of the late sixties influenced this unique program.

Judith Arcana will discuss her experience with Jane and read from her new book What if your mother, recently published with Chicory Blue Press. What if your mother is a collection of poems and monologues examining a constellation of motherhood themes rarely offered with such richness: abortion, adoption, miscarriage, and the biotechnology of childbirth. The book will be available for purchase.

A suggested donation of $5.00 will benefit the Illinois Reproductive Justice Fund. Help contribute to the solution!

Las Manos Gallery is located at 5220 N Clark Street, corner of Foster and Clark, 773.728.8910


Chicago Abortion Fund invites you to their Commencement Celebration & Relaunch Party!

Please join us in celebrating the exciting possibilities, revitalizing changes and the future of making it all happen.

*New is Now!*
*Thursday, October 12, 6-8 PM*
*at Las Manos, 5220 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640*

• Meet Chicago Abortion Fund's new Executive Director Gaylon Alcaraz.
• Preview the unveiling of the fund's new logo and tagline.
• Explore our new website and online resources.
• Meet new people including members of the Board of Directors.

*Please RSVP by calling us at 312-663-0336, *
*or e-mail us at **caf2751@sbcglobal.net* <caf2751@sbcglobal.net>

The countdown begins! We are about two weeks away from the REBIRTH OF THE

If you haven't RSVP'd yet... please do so either by email or calling me directly!

With the serious attacks on women's reproductive health, it is extremely important to support a woman's right to choose. This fight is about more than abortion... it is about choice and control.

Women will not be free until...

Women have the right to make decisions about the bodies they live in!
Women are free to walk the streets at night (and during the day)!
Women are no longer battered and assaulted by those they love and trust!
Women can make the same amount of money as men!
Women are able to have adequate health care!
Women are able to control their destiny!

-Other Call Outs/Actions

Counter the Chicago Life Chain

When: Sunday, October 1, 2006
Where: Archer Ave at Sacramento St, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m

Show up for an hour to peacefully demonstrate against Chicago's Life Chain, a yearly national events

Counter American Life League's
Pro Life Memorial Day

When: Monday, October 2, 2006
Where: all across the nation

Just wear a pro choice/reproductive justice t*shirt!


On August 3, 2006, F.R.I.D.A (Feminist Response in Disability Activism) held a Town Hall meeting in Chicago for women with disabilities. One of the issues that emerged from the Town Hall was the fact that many women with disabilities living in nursing homes and institutions are:

1. Not provided with pads and tampons (even though this is required by federal regulations mandating that nursing homes provide certain supplies for residents on Medicaid or Medicare, including sanitary napkins and related supplies);

2. Told they have to buy pads and tampons out of the $30 they receive monthly from their SSI allowance (yep, the rest of their money - $603/month – goes to the nursing home and institution) ;

3. Not allowed to leave the facility to purchase the pads and tampons due to a “level policy” recently instituted in many Chicago nursing homes that prohibits residents from going on “family visits or independent passes” unless several strict requirements are met; and

4. As a result, some nursing home/institution staff are forcibly suppressing the periods of women with disabilities through continual DepoProvera and other methods so staff don’t have to “deal with the mess.”


It should! Access to feminine products is a fundamental aspect of reproductive choice!


You can help by donating a box of pads or tampons to the F.R.I.D.A. Pad Patrol. We will make sure the items get into the hands of the women with disabilities who need them. Send your pads/tampons to:

F.R.I.D.A. Pad Patrol Distribution Center
C/o Sarah Triano, Access Living
614 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60607

Know a woman with a disability who is being denied access to pads/tampons? Then send her our way and we’ll set her up!

For more information, contact F.R.I.D.A Pad Patrol leaders, Karen Washington at Kewsew@sbcglobal. net, Amber Smock at 1-888-253-7003 (tty), or Sarah Triano
at 1-800-613-8549 (voice).

Join the underground effort to make sure our sisters with disabilities have access to what they need.

-Articles/Videos of Interest

Abortion foes' new rallying point

House Passes Abortion Bill on Minors

Jailing Pregnant Women Raises Health Risks

Plan B is free in Chile: Why Not The US?

The Pro-Choice Public Education Project's new blog, Raise Your Voice

Putting the Control Back in Birth Control: Racism, Class and Reproductive Rights

Pro Choice America launches new videos with tips on getting a more pro choice congress
The Jen and Amber Project #1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Dan34OeurLI&mode=related&search=
The Jen and Amber Project #2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_YIvsrvy9AE

Teen forced to drink turpentine in abortion attempt

From: drekitty
2007-01-08 08:01 pm (UTC)

PP/CA Roe v. Wade Celebration

Please join us at our sixth annual
Roe v. Wade Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, January 25, 2007
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
160 East Pearson Street, Chicago

Celebrating 34 years of choice and 60 years of service to the Chicago area.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
Margaret Wiley Carr

Justine Jentes
Laura Tucker

Keynote Address
Cecile Richards, President & CEO,
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Special Award Presentation
in honor of the late Ann Richards,
Former Governor of Texas

Richard J. Phelan Profile in Courage Award
Barry S. Maram, Director, Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services
Anne Marie Murphy, Ph.D., Director, Medicaid

RSVP by January 18, 2007
to RSVP, send an email, or call Andrea Cedusky at andreac@ppca.org or 312/592-6838. Click here for more information.

silent auction, cocktails & hors d’oeuvres / parking & valet available

Silent Auction to include:

Five fabulous nights at a ski-in ski-out condo in Park City, Utah
Five Star weekend at the famed Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago
Private hors d’ oeuvres party for 25 catered by gourmet chef Rachel Winpar
Lunch with sports savvy and ever popular ABC 7 anchor Mark Giangreco
Top Chicago dining and theatre experiences
And More!
“Buy It Now” options available on select packages.

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