FEMINIST ABORTION NETWORK INC

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 106 E E St % Feminist Womens Health Center Yakima WA 98901 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Femninist Abortion Network (FAN) is comprised of independent feminist clinics around the country that provide quality and compassionate medical care in the communities they serve.
FAN also works to educate and increase the public's awareness of women's rights to reproductive health and the public policies affecting these rights. FAN is a great organization. FAN clinics "trust women" to make decisions when facd with an unplanned pregnancy.

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how the women who use our services are thankful that they have access to a safe, legal pregnancy termination and reproductive health care they so deserve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage people to donate to feminist clinics and make abortion more accessible by repealing the restrictive laws that are being passed all over this country.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked at a Feminist Women's Health Center for 25 years I am deeply greatful for FAN. FAN provides a sounding board, a safe haven and continues to put forth information regarding Feminist Health Care and abortion provision.
Feminist clinics that provide abortion care are a critical aspect of reproductive health care.

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my interactions with clients who recognize the benefits of Feminist Health Care provision.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage others to support it financially. We really won't have "choices" if we don't have "choices" about where to get health care. There are only 14 remaining FAN clinics.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of the Federation of FWHC's in college. They seemed to be the ones always "doing" something rather than just talking. The Feminist clinics published books, offered educatational programs, taught us how to have an impact on public policies that seemed to ignore our needsand , basically, hold the health care system AND the government institutions accountable for listening to women and assuring our needs are at least taken into consideration. It's hard to imagine that women wouldn't even be included in clinical trials on female hormones to learn the effect on female bodies! They were quite brave then, and now, so it seems appropriate to begin with an expression of appreciation. Thanks to y'all for clearing my path to self help, better health services, a safe place for "truth telling" and a good place to refer patients TODAY! I look to you to keep me informed.

That said, it distresses me to see some of the clinics closing their doors. If we allow this to happen, there are some doors that just can't be replaced. I really don't want to go back to the assembly line and being told what's good for me. As a community, we need to support our local feminist clinics and as donors - we need to donate monthly to assure this organization founded specificaaly to assure FWHC's clinics stay accessible and the individualized health care that respects me (and others) in all the ways that matter.

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Like me, many have likely personally experienced the benefits of accurate labels & inserts with medications that allow us to be informed of contraindications and side effects. I've also used a cervical cap when there were no other contraceptive devices other than the pill within my reach. I enjoy being able to refer clients knowing they will either recieve excellent care or be heard clearly if there's a problem. Your newsletters and education keep me informed and vigilant - a trustworthy resource.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ask them to get their message out to more people about all of their services - not just the ones that are controversial. It would be good if they were included in United Way & Federal campaigns. Could you publish another book and build more clinics? It might also be good to have a blog about advocating for ourselves and others.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Feminist Abortion Network, FAN, clinics across the country were founded in the early years after Roe v Wade by feminists who wanted to make sure their local community had abortion care. It was different back in those days, the 1970's, only the Planned Parenthoods in big cities offered abortion. FAN members brought abortion to small and medium size towns. Grassroots, early feminism. The kind that said: we need an abortion clinic in our community, and then set out to make it happen, without asking anyone's permission. FAN clinics were founded on a shoe-string, but with sky-high commitment to supporting women's choices and making care accessible to all. Which is still true today. Honoring and Trusting Women is what happens every day inside the clinics operated by the 14 FAN members, the 14 nonprofit feminist abortion providing organizations in 12 states across the country.

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FAN's leaders, staff, supporters and clients believe in each woman's ability to make her own decisions about pregnancy, pregnancy prevention, reproduction, sexuality and her body.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had the resources (which I don't), I would contribute $500,000 to each of the FAN member organizations for investing in changes that would strengthen each organization for the future. Because of the way health care reform worked out with its ban on abortion inclusion, I fear for the future of independent nonprofit feminist abortion providers, and for women's freedom.

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