Thursday, October 05, 2006

How the pro-life has helped mothers and their children: Women Deserve Better than Abortion

Feminists for is a pro-life organization that has done a tremendous amount for women and their babies.

Here are some of their accomplishments:

Through our work for low-income women:
FFL was the only pro-life group active in a unique coalition of women's groups to successfully fight child exclusion provisions in welfare reform supported by President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress. (The "family cap" was later tested on poor women and teens in New Jersey and proven to significantly increase abortions.)
FFL was the only pro-life and women's group to actively champion the New York state model program to help working poor pregnant women receive prenatal care through the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) under both President Clinton and President George W. Bush. SCHIP was successfully implemented by a resolution under President Bush.
Through our work to reduce poverty among women and children, prevent coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support, and instead encourage the active support of fathers in the lives of their children:
FFL was the only pro-life group to successfully advocate for the Enhanced Child Support Enforcement Act of 1996, which will help streamline the collection and distribution of child support, establish uniform laws governing interstate child support cases, and expand penalties for child support delinquency.
FFL educated women and men to the rights and responsibilities of fathers through our "What Women Really Want" brochure, articles in The American Feminist® and our website (
FFL published the first-ever comprehensive pregnancy resource directory in the country in 1994. The self-help directory covered services in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Through our work to prevent violence against women and pregnant women:
FFL was the only pro-life group in the National Task Force on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence to work successfully for the Violence Against Women Act, which was passed in 1994.
FFL was the only feminist group to support Laci and Connor's Law, also known as the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. C-SPAN carried live coverage of FFL President Serrin Foster as she testified before Congress in support of this Act. President Bush signed it into law in 2004.
FFL was a charter member of a coalition against sex trafficking. (1995)
Through our work to prevent the coercion of women into unwanted abortions:
FFL was the only pro-life group that worked with the ACLU to successfully sue the National Honor Society for denying admission to two teenage moms (1999) and to speak out in support of a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in New York in 2006.
FFL consulted on the groundbreaking Coercive Abortion Prevention Act introduced by Michigan women legislators in 2006. The five-bill package identifies very specific forms of coercion from financial threats to physical violence, which could result in jail time and/or fines.
Through our revolutionary work to meet the needs of college-age women, who are at highest risk of abortion, and redirect the debate towards action for women, through the ongoing development of the FFL College Outreach Program from 1994 to present:
FFL speakers delivered lectures across the country at top Ivy League, big state, women's and Catholic colleges—to positive response from both pro-life and pro-choice students and faculty. (1994-present)
FFL worked with both pro-life and pro-choice stakeholders to develop and launch resource kits for student leaders, advisors, counselors, health clinics and libraries.
FFL hosted the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum in 1997 and developed creative tools to evaluate and spark discussion about the lack of services for pregnant and parenting students, including FFL's Pregnancy Resource Surveysm in 1998, resulting in concrete improvements on top campuses across the country.
FFL created a model for the future, FFLU, to give schools a vision of what could be accomplished. (2005)
FFL's Question Abortion® and Women Deserve Better® ad campaigns reached 5 million students from 1996 to present.
FFL President Serrin Foster's landmark speech was recognized in 2002 as one of 22 pivotal speeches on Women's Rights in the anthology series "Great Speeches in History."
A report by Planned Parenthood's research arm, Guttmacher Institute, revealed that in the 10 years since FFL began our College Outreach Program in 1994, there was a dramatic 30% decrease in abortions among college-educated women.
By helping to introduce legislation to put into hyper-drive pro-woman solutions on campus:
FFL's work inspired Michigan legislation, which was overwhelmingly supported by Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate and signed by the pro-choice Governor in 2004.
FFL worked to introduce the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act (2005-06), which, if passed, would provide $10 million in grants to 200 colleges and universities for annual pregnancy and parenting resource forums and a central office to coordinate and promote ongoing resources and support on and off campus.
FFL held the first-ever Capitol Hill briefing on the needs of 4.5 million parenting students, and millions of students who become pregnant and need resources and support for marital and single parenting choices and various adoption options. (2006)
By walking our talk:
FFL set the example for small employers and nonprofits through our telecommuting and televolunteering office.
FFL's feminist name, our pro-woman message, our demonstrated support for women and our saying "yes" to life-affirming solutions have earned us credentials with the media and the pro-choice and pro-life students we are trying to reach.
Because of FFL's message and education about our nation's rich pro-life feminist history, the pro-life movement has become better at articulating support for women.
Many now educate others about Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and their suffragist colleagues, who condemned abortion as exploitative and anti-woman.
Many are now using strategies similar to FFL's on college campuses, and some are taking direct services to the next level.
Others are using FFL language and strategies on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations, and even in the entertainment community.
The leadership of celebrities like two-time Emmy winner, New York Times best-selling author and Feminists for Life Honorary Chair Patricia Heaton, Co-Chair Margaret Colin and others has given FFL increased visibility and put a fresh face on the pro-life feminist movement. We are the "red carpet organization" welcoming those who want to help us redirect the polarized abortion debate toward envisioning and advocating better solutions for women.
Because of our track record and the credibility we have earned, FFL has received overwhelmingly positive press from the mainstream media—liberal and conservative, religious and secular-and pro-life press for the last 12 years. This was demonstrated vividly when FFL's connection with Jane Sullivan Roberts, whose husband now serves as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was revealed in the press. Jane was FFL's former executive vice president and continues to serve as counsel.
FFL's message—that Women Deserve Better-—has become the rallying cry of those in the pro-life movement and the catch-phase of pro-choice activists who recognize that endless polarized debates do not help women and children. The Women Deserve Better idea is redirecting the debate towards women-centered solutions.


Blogger The Poodle said...

Hi Hailey,

Thanks for your comments on my post. I completely understand your position; you and I as pro-lifers have been sold up the river by every major Canadian political party, including the CPC. To be sure, the current climate within the CPC is pro-abortion. The debate at their last policy meeting did indeed witness each of its prominent members commit to maintain the pro-choice leviathan that they then hoped they would inherit upon election. A popular pro-life MP candidate was asked to concede his position to a pro-choice candidate in the Ottawa-Gatineau riding. Not exactly what I would call an olive branch, no?

Nevertheless, we have be realistic about our options. Abortion is becoming slightly less popular every year. The 'women's rights' and 'personal freedom' arguments advanced by the pro-choice movement have become tired and predictable. Science has vindicated all of our claims about the beginning of life, consciousness, and so forth. Yet as it stands, with most Canadians not even realising the lack of any abortion law in this country, we simply cannot hope that the CPC would then risk the little 'public' credibility they now enjoy while manoevering around the minefield that is the Canadian political landscape.

But thanks for your comments. You also have a wonderful and informative blog. I look forward to continuing this conversation.

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