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Emma Goldman Clinic

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Mission: The Emma Goldman Clinic is a not-for-profit independent organization founded in 1973 by a group of women driven by feminist ideals. We exist to empower women and men in all life stages through the provision of quality reproductive health care that includes abortion services, gynecology services, safer sex promotion, and active education. We promote respectful, client-centered and participatory health care through informed decision making, client rights, advocacy and expansion, and support of pregnancy choices. We strive to provide an environment in which diversity is acknowledged and celebrated. We are actively committed to staff diversity in employment policies and practices. We strive to increase economic, geographic, structural, and language accessibility for the clients we serve through fundraising, outreach, and advocacy. We offer non-judgmental, quality health care services. Our goals are inspired by our belief in the larger ideals of feminist philosophy: political, economic, and social equality.

Geographic areas served: Midwest

Programs: Vacuum aspiration service: the organization provides education and health services to women for termination of pregnancy. The clinic provided services to approximately 695 clients during the year.

gynecology and walk-in services: the organization provides education and gynecological services. The clinic provided services by appointment and on a walk-in basis to approximately 828 clients during the year.

community education and relations: the organization provides educational services to the community and region on issues and needs of womens health care.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emma Goldman Clinic is one of just a few independent feminist abortion care providers in the country. Because it is a small and independent non-profit organization, each and every staff member, volunteer, board member, donor, supporter, and client is important. I think that sometimes people feel like healthcare issues are so huge that they can't possibly make a difference, but you can make a real difference at the Emma Goldman Clinic.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing clinic! The staff are excellent, there is a wide variety of services offered to a diverse clientele, and all of the care is client-centered and rooted in feminist values. The Emma Goldman Clinic provides caring, compassionate, and top-rate services!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board four years ago, before that I was a client. I appreciated that the staff were willing to spend time with me teaching me about my body.

On the Board, we have been working on providing good wages and health care to our employees while keeping services affordable. Emma also tries to help women reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies so we have to rely on donations to make ends meet.

I really appreciate that the counselors have as the goal helping the woman make the best decision for her even if that means we refer her to an adoption agency or a group that will help provide her with infant supplies.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff at the Emma Goldman Clinic are devoted to their work and deeply committed to providing a range of health-care services with empathy and dignity. Their feminist approach, coupled with the independent nature of the Clinic, makes them one of a kind in Iowa. I'm proud to be on their Board of Directors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Emma Goldman Clinic is truly a clinic that cares about the community. They are non-judgemental and welcoming to everyone who needs healthcare.