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.
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.
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.
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.