Friday, June 12, 2009

In memory of Dr. Tiller. Where to Donate --By Interrobang

So, the terrorists have managed to close Dr. Tiller's clinic. In nearly no cases will this outcome "save" any "babies." What it will do is condemn a lot of women to unsafe deliveries of dead fetuses, condemn a lot of women to delivering their doomed children in a regular maternity ward, only to be surrounded by happy parents -- while they wait for their child to take its last breath. What it will do is practically guarantee that a woman dies unnecessarily in childbirth. What it will do is increase the amount of misery in the world.

What it is doing, step by step, is depriving women of their ownership of their own bodies. By terrorism.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Dr. Tiller, and to help increase abortion rights and access, here are some places you can donate:

A list from Feministe, including:

The National Abortion Federation
Medical Students For Choice (Note: You can earmark donations to MS4C to your favourite group; I sent mine to the university where I did my undergraduate degree.)
Planned Parenthood and International Planned Parenthood Federation
Haven Coalition
Lilith Fund (helps women pay for abortions)
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
DKT International (overseas family planning services)
Catholics for Choice
Education For Choice (UK)
Marie Stopes International

If you are in Canada and would like to make a donation to a Canadian pro-choice cause in memory of Dr. George Tiller, a contact at the Morgentaler Clinic recommends:

The Morgentaler Defense Fund
33 Hazelton Ave # 101
Toronto, ON
M5R 2E3
(to assist Dr. Morgentaler in his legal battle to ensure abortion access in New Brunswick)

The Morgentaler Patient Assistance Fund
727 Hillsdale Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M4S 1V4
(According to the woman I spoke to at the MC -- I am keeping her safely anonymous -- although most services are covered by the provincial healthcare plan, many women require travel assistance, and many many women come to Canada from abroad to obtain safe, accessible abortions in Canada, where otherwise abortion is illegal or they would be facing prosecution.)

ARCC - Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
P.O. Box 2663
Station Main,
Vancouver, BC
V6B 3W3
(fights to ensure access for Canadians)

Canadians for Choice
300-260 Dalhousie St.
Ottawa, ON
K1N 7E4
(Canadian pro-choice activism)

---From Interrobang


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