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Time:02:06 pm
We Had Abortions
Join in a campaign for honesty and freedom.
Ms. Magazine campaigns for honesty and freedom: We Had Abortions.

From the petition: In its 1972 debut issue, Ms. magazine ran a bold petition in which 53 well-known U.S. women declared that they had undergone abortions, despite state laws rendering the procedure illegal. These women were following the example of a 1971 manifesto signed by 343 prominent French women, who also declared they had abortions...

click to view or sign petition - http://www.msmagazine.com/radar/2006-07-24-we-had-abortions.asp

We are now starting a new petition, beginning with the names of some of the original 1972 signers. They signed "to save lives and to spare other women the pain of socially imposed guilt." Their purpose was "to repeal archaic and inhuman [anti-abortion] laws."

We recognize that, still, not every woman will be able to sign today -- 33 years after Roe -- even though abortion is a very common, necessary, and important procedure for millions of women in the U.S. But if a multitude of women would step forward publicly -- and more and more would continue to join them -- we would change the public debate.

We know that women who have had abortions have spoken out many times during the last 33 years, and millions of women and men have marched in countless rallies and demonstrations.

It is time to speak out again, in even larger numbers, and to make politicians face their neighbors, influential movers and shakers, and yes, their family members.

We cannot, MUST not -- for U.S. women and the women of the world -- lose the right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion or access to birth control. Just as in 1972, Ms. will send the signed petitions to the White House, members of Congress, and state legislators. We will also place the petition online. And we ask signers to make a contribution so Ms. can promote the petition and provide needed funds to fight abortion bans and support targeted abortion providers, such as the sole remaining women's clinic in Mississippi.

Your name and your voice will make a difference.

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I think this is a very interesting idea, a potentially very powerful way of demonstrating just how affecting the issue of abortion is, and I'd like to see this gain momentum. Spread it around if you like.

It's time to do it again. I have I hope you'll join me in speaking out against to brutality of enforced child-bearing and the fundamental wrongness of denying women control of their own bodies. Our daughters and sisters and lovers are all in danger of being denied the right to even consider if an abortion might be the right choice for them. Please take time to stand up for our rights before it's too late - http://www.msmagazine.com/radar/2006-07-24-we-had-abortions.asp
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kingyummy
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Time:2006-07-31 11:42 am (UTC)
Wow, this is amazing. Thanks for posting it.

I have to say I'm really surprised to see a magazine take such a strong stand on something as controversial as this, but I think it's great.
I can't sign it because I don't live in the US but I might write to the editors and congratulate them.

I wonder if it would be possible to get magazines here in the UK to do something similar: abortion rights aren't under threat here the way they are in the US, but there are always ignorant retards whining about how the time-limit should be dropped, presumably so that women who find out that their babies are not viable can be forced to carry them to term and birth them instead of terminating their pregnancies so that they can start mourning their loss.

It would be good if the media could try to educate people a little bit about why abortion is needed and why it should be protected.
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