We do not generally believe in abortion, but we do believe that it is up to the pregnant woman whether or not she wants to live her life as her child’s social as well as biological parent.
And certainly people have the right to reduce/eliminate their chances of conceiving children by any nonviolent means they choose, just as they should be free to pursue parenthood if they wish that instead.
Conceiving and then socially parenting a biological child or children is not the only way to give life to children, by any means. And giving life to children, through whatever means, is of course not the only way to give life. This is true for people who are already biological and/or social parents, those who hope to become parents, and those who do not wish to be parents (whether temporarily or permanently).
The following are some general resources for nonviolent parenting and women’s health issues.
BE SAFE Environmental Health Alliance. Coalition coordinated by the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, founded by Lois Gibbs. A mother and grassroots activist, Gibbs fought successfully in the 1970s for the toxin-threatened residents of Love Canal. BE SAFE advocates for the precautionary principle, a vital strategy for protecting human, animal, and plant life from pollution, including pregnant women and unborn children.
Consistent Life. “We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life.’ We challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected.”
Decent Work, Decent Life Global Campaign. “Half of the world’s workforce earns less than 2$ a day. 12.3 million women and men work in slavery. 200 million children under the age of 15 work instead of going to school. 2.2 million people die due to work-related accidents and diseases every year. Add to this massive global unemployment, the lack of social protection for the majority of workers employed in the informal economy, and the violation of trade union rights and the consequences of the lack of decent work are clear.”
End Oil Aid. “Calling on wealthy countries and international institutions to stop using foreign assistance and other public resources to subsidize the activities of international oil companies. These subsidies fuel overconsumption in wealthy countries, benefit an already highly profitable and well-established industry, and exacerbate many of the most urgent problems facing humanity today.”
Friends of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and Museum. The great US suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) was born in this very building in Adams, Massachusetts–and she was a great advocate of nonviolent choice, as you can read in ProLife Feminism Yesterday and Today, the book behind the Nonviolent Choice Directory.
Global Call to Action Against Poverty. “A growing alliance of trade unions, community groups, faith groups, women and youth organisations, NGOs and other campaigners working together across more than 100 national platforms. GCAP is calling for action from the world’s leaders to meet their promises to end poverty and inequality. In particular, we demand solutions that address the issues of public accountability, just governance and the fulfilment of human rights; Trade justice; A major increase in the quantity and quality of aid and financing for development; Debt cancellation; Gender equality–must also be at the heart of eradicating poverty.”
Global Call to STOP Cervical Cancer. “Every year, cervical cancer affects 500,000 women and takes the lives of a quarter million worldwide. Women in developing countries bear the brunt of this disease, with 80% of the deaths from cervical cancer occurring in poor countries, due to extremely limited screening and treatment availability.”
Global Coalition on Women & AIDS. United Nations-led alliance “established in 2004 to respond to the increasing feminization of the AIDS epidemic and a growing concern that existing AIDS strategies did not adequately address women’s needs.”
Health and Education for All Pledge. “Classrooms with teachers, clinics with nurses, and affordable medicines. For millions of people, these things are still a distant dream. How can we make this dream a reality? By making sure poor countries have money and power to invest in free health and education–especially for those who need it most.”
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: Letter to CDC Against Mandatory HPV Vaccine for Immigrant Women. We endorsed this statement. The requirement was revoked in November 2009.
Prevention Now. Coalition that seeks to increase global accessibility of female condoms so that women can better prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections as well as averting unintended pregnancies.
Soulforce’s Booklet What the Science Says–and Doesn’t Say–About Homosexuality. This powerful educational tool for LGBT justice lists the Nonviolent Choice Directory and Prolife Feminism Yesterday & Today coeditor Mary Krane Derr in its acknowledgments. Also check out its companion booklet, What the Bible Says–and Doesn’t Say–About Homosexuality. Both publications challenge the stereotypes in a spirit of love.
United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. “At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence against women and girls is perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation. It devastates lives, fractures families and communities, and stalls development. Failing economies, coupled with discrimination and inequality, heighten women’s vulnerability to violence, keeping them dependent, their options limited. In conflict and post-conflict countries, women are singled out for sexual abuse and human trafficking by competing armed forces.”
White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. “An international coalition of individuals and organizations formed to promote increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns in the developing, as well as, developed countries.”
Women Say No to War. “We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We’ve buried too many of our loved ones. We’ve seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We’ve watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families’ basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We’ve had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities. This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children…”
World AIDS Campaign. Global coalition that encourages local responses to the pandemic and sets themes for the annual World AIDS Day, December 1. Please visit the site and make your pledge to take action on HIV/AIDS.
Yes, the Internet can bring the world closer together–but so far that has happened only for a relative few. The “Digital Divide” between materially richer and materially poorer persists.
According to Internet World Stats, only 26.6% of Earth’s nearly 6.7 billion-plus population has access to the Internet. And even among the fraction who enjoy affordable access, there are many disabled persons who cannot take advantage of it because so many websites are inaccessible by design.
This website, like the book it grows out of, seeks to open up global learning, deliberation, and action over the human rights of life and nonviolent choice. We cannot aspire to that goal without addressing the Digital Divide. So we include this brief guide to free or (relatively) inexpensive computing and Internet resources that can help to bridge the gap.
If you are reading this, obviously you, or at least someone you know, has some sort of Internet access. But you may still be able to benefit from these resources. But whether or not you can personally benefit–why not write down, print out, or link online to this page for the sake of others? Thank you!
Bridges.org Guide to Free IT [Information Technology]. Where to find donated computers, low-cost computers, technology-savy volunteers, online technology-savy volunteers, free website development and hosting, free website hosting and email, and free software (word processors, graphics tools,etc.). Note: If you cannnot access the guide on the Web, try requesting a copy from the publisher, Bridges.org, an international nonprofit devoted to bridging the global Digital Divide and using the Internet to build democratic societies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of its offices: PO Box 26970, Kampala, Uganda, phone +256 31 280073; PO Box 715, Cape Town 8001 South Africa, phone +27 21 465 9713; United States phone +1 202 234 4492, fax +1 202 318 7792. Or…you can try retrieving it with just an email account (see below).
cybercafes. Database of “4208 internet cafes in 141 countries” and counting.
Cynthia Says. Offers a free tool for evaluating your webpage’s accessibility to disabled Internet users. This tool tests one page at a time, at a rate of about one page per minute (depending, of course, on your connection speed).
Everything by E-Mail. How to access and get around the World Wide Web with only an email account.
Free Books, Medical Journals, and Medical Textbooks, & Other Educational Materials Online. The Online Books Page offers over 25,000 free online titles on many subjects and in many languages. Free Books 4 Doctors and Free Medical Journals give health care workers worldwide access to the information they seek, as does the inestimable Supercourse: Epidemiology, the Internet, and Global Health, a “global repository of lectures on public health and prevention targeting educators across the world.” Need an actual offline, nonelectronic, print book for free?WorldCat allows you to search the catalogs of thousands of libraries worldwide.