Today, March 10, is a National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.
Although I’m usually pretty aware of stuff like this, I actually got wind of this from someone’s Facebook status–a guy I went to HS with who has made his reactionary, anti-feminist stance realllllly clear in those densely packed little updates. (Why he friended me, I don’t know. Why I haven’t unfriended him, I also don’t know. Something to think about.) His tone was one of indignation and disgust, and it was clear that he wanted others to be outraged, too. Little did he know that he was helping a feminist blog! (Thanks, G!)
I’m pleased as punch that there is a day to note the sacrifices that women and men have made–and continue to make–to help women needing abortions get the safe and legal medical care they deserve.
I don’t think I could say anything any better than than estimable Katha Pollitt does in this piece from her blog at The Nation, but whether you’ve had an abortion or not, whether you know someone who has or not, I will echo her call that you show your appreciation for the doctors, nurses, escorts, office and clinic workers all over the U.S. through donating your money or your time, or both.
Pollitt points out the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project as a worthy organization, and to that I would add NARAL, and the best resource of women’s health that I know of, Planned Parenthood. I suggest that you find local chapters through those websites and direct your attention to what would best serve the clinics–and ultimately the women–in your area. If you have other great places that deserve our hard-earned Harpy Buxx, please leave them in comments. And DO NOT read the comments to Pollitt’s piece, unless you want to fume and/or despair.