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Abortion Access Project of Massachusetts
47 Thorndike Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 661-1161, fax (617)-252-6878
Works on issues of abortion access, especially with hospitals and provider training; available for technical assistance. Publishes fact sheets and pamphlets on organizing medical students and health care providers for choice and abortion access. Projects include the Hospital Access Collaborative and the New England Midlevel Training Consortium.
Alan Guttmacher Institute
125 Maiden Lane Seventh Floor NY NY 10038
(212) 248-1111, fax (212) 248-1951 1301
Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-4012, fax (202) 223-5756
A nonprofit research and policy institute that studies reproductive health issues, including abortion, contraception, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. Publishes reports, articles, and fact sheets. An excellent source of information and statistics on all aspects of reproductive health, particularly abortion and contraception.
ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
125 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004
Seeks to promote through litigation, advocacy, and public education the rights of women to control their reproduction free from government coercion or hindrance. This includes access to sexuality education, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and child-bearing assistance.
American Medical Women’s Association
100 North 20th Street 4th Floor Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103
(215)-320-3716, fax (215)-564-2175
Promotes women’s health and works to increase the influence of women in medicine. Publishes a newsletter, a bimonthly journal, and curricula, including the Reproductive Health Model Curriculum, a resource for medical students and professors to address the need for quality reproductive health training. Maintains the Reproductive Health Initiative to bring educational opportunities to physicians and medical students.
Americans for Religious Liberty
P.O. Box 6656, Silver Spring, MD 20916
(301) 260-2988, fax (301)-260-2989
A nonprofit public interest education organization dedicated to preserving the separation of church and state. Monitors the right on a number of issues, including abortion politics. Publishes The Voice of Reason newsletter.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
518 C Street NE Washington D.C. 20002
(202) 466-3234, fax (202) 466-2587
Publishes detailed reports on religious right. Regularly produces reports, speeches and other materials that expose attempts of conservative Christian organizations to control public policy.
Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
310 8th Street, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 434-7100 fax (510) 268-8181
Collaborates with clinics, organizations and individuals to promote safe and viable options for the reproductive health and sexual well being of Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls. Conducts outreach and education projects, promotes community-based research and advocates for and organizes with low- income and refugee communities in California.
Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR)
750 La Playa, #730, San Francisco, CA 94121
Coordinates spirited and militant support for reproductive health. Publishes Dialectics of Terror: A National Directory of the Direct Action Anti- Abortion Movement and Their Allies. BACORR issues this directory as an informational source book for activists and organizers involved in the struggle for women's liberation to use as a road map of Christian Right extremist organizations active today.
Catholics for Choice
1436 U Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-6093, fax (202) 332-7995
Through discourse, education, and advocacy, CFFC advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice and a commitment to women’s well being, and respect and affirm the moral capacity of women and men to make responsible decisions about their lives.
Center for Democratic Renewal
P.O. Box 50469, Atlanta, GA 30302
Monitors, exposes, and counters hate groups, particularly white supremacists. Assists communities in organizing against hate groups in their areas. Publishes three annual magazines, plus pamphlets and reports, including “Women’s Watch: Violence in the Anti- Abortion Movement.”
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
120 Wall Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10005
(917) 637-3600, fax (917) 637-3666 1146
19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 530-2975, fax (202) 530-2976
Non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to promoting women’s reproductive rights through programs that engage in litigation, policy analysis, legal research, and public education. Promotes women’s reproductive health and rights both domestically and internationally. Produces reports, organizing packets, and educational materials.
Center for Women Policy Studies
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 872-1770, fax (202) 296-8962
A national nonprofit, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural feminist, multi-issue policy research and advocacy institution which seeks to incorporate the perspectives of women into the formulation of public policy. Focuses on: reproductive rights/health, women and AIDS, welfare reform, workplace diversity, violence and access to health care. Works with a national network of activist women state legislators to implement principles of Beijing through the Center’s Contract with Women of the USA. Publishes various materials, including an Affiliates Quarterly Report.
1317 F Street NW Suite 501 Washington DC 20004 D.C. 20007
(202) 965-7700, fax (202) 965-7701
A national activist organization whose work targets young people aged 15-30. Projects encompass media, grassroots organizing, lots of activist training, leadership development strategies, and on-going public opinion research to counter anti-choice myths with accurate information, frame pro-choice issues in terms that resonate with young people’s values and experiences, build a broad base of grassroots support, and identify/train a corps of young activist leaders.
Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP)
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 559-5416, fax (413) 559-5826
A national organization dedicated to reproductive rights activism and education. CLPP works with campus and community groups nationwide through coordination of the National Young Women’s Day of Action and its annual conference—From Abortion Rights to Social Justcice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.
Clara Bell Duvall Education Fund ACLU-PA
PO Box 40008, Philadelphia, PA 19106
A clearinghouse for current and historic information about the status of reproductive health care as well as a focal point for statewide advocacy and action on related concerns. Builds communication between the academic and activist communities. Publishes brochures and fact sheets on abortion in Pennsylvania.
Feminist Majority Foundation
33 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills CA 90212
(301) 556-2500, fax (301) 556-2509
The Feminist Majority Foundation is dedicated to equality and seeks to eliminate discrimination of all kinds by advocating non-violence and working to eliminate social and economic injustices in America and worldwide. Major programs include the National Clinic Access Project, the Campaign for RU-486 (Mifepristone) and Contraceptive Research, and Choices Campus Campaign. The National Clinic Access Project, which began in 1989, assists clinics nationwide through public education, original research, community organizing, emergency clinic assistance, and its Anti-Abortion Violence Watch publication.
Institute for Democracy Studies
177 East 87th Street, Suite 501, New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-9237, fax (212) 423-9352
Founded in 1999, the Institute for Democracy Studies is a nonprofit research and educational center devoted to the study of anti-democratic religious and political movements and organizations in the U.S. and internationally. IDS publications document the agendas, structures, and funding of these groups. The Institute currently maintains research programs in three areas: law, religion, and reproductive rights. The Reproductive Rights and Democracy Program of IDS is engaged in domestic and international research on the major structures opposed to reproductive rights from abortion to contraception and sexuality education. These initiatives often originate from and are generated by profound opposition to democratic institutions and even constitutional democracy itself. IDS publishes briefing papers and an investigative newsletter, IDS Insights.
International Women’s Health Coalition
333 Seventh Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10001
Works with individuals and groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote women’s reproductive and sexual health rights. Provides technical, managerial, moral, and financial support to reproductive health providers, advocacy groups, and women’s organizations in the global south. Publishes books and position papers and maintains a global communications network of 6,000 individuals and organizations in 143 countries.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
120 Wall St., Suite 1 500 New York, NY 10005
(212) 809-8585, fax (212) 809-0055
11 East Adams St., Suite 1008, Chicago, IL 60603
730 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 1070 Atlanta, GA 30308-1210
(404)-897-1880, fax (404)-897-1884
Works toward achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, and people with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Has done work on a variety of issues including lesbian and gay parenting and has worked in coalition with other organizations to promote reproductive rights. Newsletter includes a docket which tracks court cases in process.
Margaret Sanger Center International
26 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012
As the international wing of Planned Parenthood of New York City, MSCI works to protect women’s reproductive rights abroad by offering education and training programs, and incorporating reproductive issues into primary care and traditional family services. MSCI also helps Non Governmental Organizations implement systems and provides public policy and political advocacy training as well as professional development.
Medical Students for Choice
PO Box 40188 Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-0800, fax (215) 625-4848
Founded in 1993 by medical students concerned about the abortion provider shortage, the lack of abortion education, and escalating violence against abortion providers. Today, they represent more than 5,000 medical students and residents who are demanding a comprehensive medical education including abortion training. MSFC works on a grassroots basis at medical schools and residency programs throughout North America, holds national and regional meetings, maintains a presence on the Internet, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and produces A Medical Student’s Guide to Improving Reproductive Health Curricula.
Ms. Foundation for Women
120 Wall Street, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10005
(212) 742-2300, fax (212) 742-1653
Directs resources to progressive organizations that promote the rights of women. Awards grants, provides training, convenes grantees, and conducts public education and advocacy campaigns. Focuses on three issue areas: Women’s Economic Security, Women’s Health and Safety, and Girls, Young Women, and Leadership. Through the Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund (RRCOF), provides funding, technical assistance, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for reproductive rights activists.
National Abortion Federation
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 667-5881, fax (202) 667-5890
HOTLINE (800) 772-9100 (M-F, 9:30-5:30 EST)
The largest professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Membership also includes individuals and organizations working in reproductive health and abortion rights. NAF’s mission is to keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible. Toll-free hotline provides factual information, referrals, and assistance with funding or other barriers to accessing abortion services. Provides accredited abortion-specific continuing medical education; produces top-quality clinical resources for abortion providers; assists providers with clinic defense; advocates for abortion training at all levels of clinical education; promotes unbiased public education about abortion; and brings the provider and patient voices to public policy debates about abortion. Training materials, fact sheets, books, activist guides, and other publications for professionals and consumers are available.
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL)
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 973-3000, fax (202) 973-3096
Works to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Produces several publications, including voting records by members of Congress and state-by-state analysis of legislation on reproductive rights.
National Asian Women’s Health Organization
One Embarcadero Center, Suite 500 San Francisco, CA 94111
NAWHO’s core program is the Asian Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Empowerment Project (RSHP). Produces surveys, press releases and other public statements about the state of Asian American women’s reproductive health.
National Black Women’s Health Project
1420 K Street, NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005
A health advocacy organization addressing health issues faced by Black women and their families. Seeks to enable Black women to become aware of the nature of physical and mental health and the relationship between the two, and to enable Black women to take control and become active participants in their health maintenance.
National Coalition of Abortion Providers
1625 K Street NW, Suite 1020 Washington DC, 20006
(202) 419-1444, fax (202) 822-0991
NCAP is a non-profit pro-choice organization that represents the interests of approximately 150 independent abortion providers throughout the United States (it does not represent clinics associated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America). As well as being a lobbying organization, NCAP has established relationships with various companies that offer its members low-cost medical supplies, malpractice insurance, and long distance telephone services. NCAP seeks to honor women by advancing a candid, national “conversation” on the issue of abortion.
National Council for Research on Women
11 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10005
(212) 785-7335, fax (212) 785-7350
The National Council for Research on Women is a working alliance of 84 women's research and policy centers, more than 3,000 affiliates and a network of over 200 international centers. NCRW's mission is to enhance the connections among research, policy analysis, advocacy, and innovative programming on behalf of women and girls.
National Council of Negro Women
633 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
NCNW is a multi-faceted, non-profit organization that works at the national, state, local and international levels in pursuit of the goal of improving quality of life for women, children and families. NCNW consists of 38 affiliated national organizations, 250 community-based Sections chartered in 42 states, 20 college-based Sections and 60,000 individual members. NCNW has an outreach to over four million women. With a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. since 1942, NCNW currently maintains offices, in Atlanta, Brooklyn, New York, and New Orleans, and three international field offices—Dakar (Senegal), Harare (Zimbabwe), and Cairo (Egypt).
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-5177, fax (202) 393-2241
NGLTF helps to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) movement at the state and local level while connecting these activities to a national vision of change. NGLTF is the front line activist organization in the national LGBT movement. As such, it serves as the national resource center for grassroots LGBT organizations that are facing a variety of battles at the state and local levels. Through three program departments, NGLTF seeks to build the political strength of the GLBT rights movement at the grassroots level. NGLTF is a progressive organization, committed to building coalition with other communities working for social change.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
50 Broad St. Suite 1825, New York, New York 10004
National Network of Abortion Funds
42 Seaverns Avenue Boston, MA 02130-2865
(617) 524-6040, fax (617) 524-6042
An organization of grassroots abortion funds across the country. Produces two free publications, “Legal But Out of Reach: Experiences from the National Network of Abortion Funds” and “Building an Abortion Fund.” Call NNAF for publications or information, or about membership in the Network. For referrals to abortion funds, call the National Abortion Federation hotline.
National Organization for Women (NOW)
1100 H Street, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-8669, fax (202) 785-8576
Works to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society, exercising all privileges and responsibilities.
National Women’s Health Network
514 10th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-1140, fax (202) 347-1168
Dedicated to safeguarding women’s health rights and interests, the Network advocates for better policies on women’s health. The Network also provides science based information and resource referrals to policy makers, the media and individual consumers. Priority issue areas for the Network include reproductive health, breast cancer, menopause and access to quality health care. The Network is supported by more than 12,000 individual and 300 organizational members nationwide.
National Women’s Law Center
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 588-5180, fax (202) 588-5185
Conducts public policy research, advocacy, litigation and public education efforts to protect and advance the legal rights of women and their families, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.
National Women’s Political Caucus
PO Box 50476 Washington DC 20091
(202) 785-1100, fax (202) 370-6306
A multi-partisan national grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training, and supporting pro-choice women for elected and appointed office at all levels of government. Provides contact information for all women currently in public office and detailed analysis of elections and women's progress towards realizing a US legislative body truly representative of its population.
Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center
P.O. Box 572, Lake Andes, SD 57356, (605) 487-7072, fax (605) 487-7964
A project of the Native American Community Board dedicated to addressing issues of Native American women’s health through education, counseling, scholarships, and other programs. Publishes the Wicozanni Wowapi Newsletter. Programs include the Domestic Violence Program, AIDS Prevention Program, Environmental Awareness and Action Project, Cancer Prevention, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Program in addition to Reproductive Health and Rights. Publishes reports on a variety of Native American women’s health issues.
Our Bodies Ourselves
34 Plympton St, Boston MA 02118
(617) 451-3666, fax (617) 451-3664
A nonprofit, public interest women’s health education, advocacy and consulting organization. Has been publishing Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) since 1970, with the goal of making accurate health and medical information accessible to a broad audience by weaving women’s stories into a framework of practical, clearly written text. In addition, identifies and collaborates with individuals and organizations providing services, generating research and policy analysis, and organizing for social change. Works toward inspiring and empowering women to become engaged in the political aspects of sustaining good health for themselves and their communities.
Pacific Institute for Women's Health
614 Grand Avenue, Suite 324 Oakland, California 94610
(510) 272-0150, fax (510) 272-0285
Dedicated to improving women's health and wellbeing locally and globally, the Institute takes a comprehensive approach to the complex realities of women's lives and works through applied research, advocacy, community involvement, consultation and training. They believe that efforts to improve women's health and well-being must go beyond the treatment of disease to address all conditions affecting women's lives; that a diversity of participants, views and opinions is critical to the success of their mission; that collaborative and respectful relationships should infuse all their activities; that findings from their work should be widely shared to influence policies and programs to promote women's health and well-being.
People Against Racist Terror
P.O. Box 1055, Culver City, CA 90232
PART opposes anti-Semitism, zionism, clinic bombings, gay bashing, police brutality, political repression, racist terror, racism, sexism, colonialism, and all forms of oppression. PART fights for international solidarity, human liberation, and for the protection of the environment. PART is affiliated with Anti-Racist Action (ARA) and puts out Turning the Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research & Education.
People For the American Way
2000 M Street, Suite 400 NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 467-4999, fax (202) 293-2672, 1-800-326-7329
People For the American Way Foundation is “committed to defending democracy and bringing the ideals of community, opportunity, diversity, equality and fairness together to form a strong, united voice”. To achieve this, PFAWF conducts research, legal and education work, and does community organizing, as well as monitoring and researching the Religious Right movement and its political allies.
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
55 West 39th Street, Suite 1001, New York, NY 10018-3889
(646) 366-1890, fax (646) 366-1897
Enables concerned physicians to take a more active and visible role in support of universal reproductive health care. Dedicated to ensuring that all people have the knowledge, equal access to quality services, and freedom of choice to make their own reproductive health care decisions. Publishes a quarterly newsletter.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
(212) 541-7800, fax (212) 245-1845 1110
Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 300 Washington DC, 20005
(202) 973-4800, fax (202) 296-3242
Provides comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual. Advocates public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. PPFA also provides educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality, and promotes research and the advancement of technology in reproductive.
Planned Parenthood Federation of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 430, Ottawa, ON K1N 7B 7
The only national, non-governmental, volunteer organization in Canada whose principal concerns are sexual and reproductive health and rights. It is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Its mission is to promote healthy sexuality throughout the human life cycle, and to support birth planning by assuring adequate education and services for all Canadians. PPFC believes that the quality of life will be improved when every pregnancy is a wanted pregnancy.
Pro-Choice Action Network
512-1755 Robson St., Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6G 3B7
(604) 736-2800, fax (604) 736-2869
Pro-Choice Action Network is a political and advocacy group that lobbies for women’s rights to choice in abortion. Publishes the quarterly newsletter Pro-Choice Press.
Pro-Choice League, Bill Baird
P.O. Box 324, Huntington, NY 11743
Works to educate the public about reproductive freedoms and threats to those freedoms. Pro-Choice League also provides referrals for counseling to pregnant women, and parenting classes.
Pro-Choice Public Education Project
PO Box 3952 New York, NY 10163
Publishes reports on the public’s perception of reproductive choice and develops pro-choice advertising campaigns.
Refuse & Resist!, National Office
305 Madison Avenue, Suite 1166, New York, NY 10165
R&R! builds and encourages many forces of resistance to the Right-wing agenda by speaking out in schools, communities and in the media; organizing forums and meetings; demonstrating in the streets; and creating and performing cultural works.
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1130, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 628-7700, fax (202) 628-7716
A coalition of forty-three national Christian, Jewish, and other religious organizations that support a woman's right to choose. Ensures reproductive choice through the moral power of religious communities; conducts public education campaigns; has 22 state and local affiliates; has a nation-wide Clergy For Choice Network; and launched a groundbreaking Black Church Initiative to address teenage pregnancy and other reproductive health issues in the African- American religious community.
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
1020 19th St NW, Suite 875 Washington, DC 20036
Founded in 1988 as a working group to provide public education and build public understanding about the RU 486 and other antiprogestins, the Project expanded its scope and was established as an independent 501(c)3 in 1992. It has become an important forum for dialogue and consensus-building among constituencies often at odds in their viewpoints on women's reproductive health matters, especially issues regarding the historical use or misuse of technologies. The Project focuses on issues where science, technology, politics, and the interests of women converge and often clash. The Project's 25-member board, with its diverse representation, is a powerful vehicle for public education, advocacy and policy development.
Women of Color Partnership Program c/o Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Seeks to identify and address reproductive health care concerns from the unique perspectives of women of color. Works to ensure the participation of women of color in the pro-choice movement by fostering, supporting and promoting the unique voices and secular perspectives of women of color from religious organizations. Project also holds HIV/AIDS educational workshops for prisoners and communities as well as publishing a newsletter and hosting other publications.
Alliance Defense Fund
15100 North 90th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Founded in 1994 by the leaders of Focus on the Family, the American Family Association, Coral Ridge Ministries and Campus Crusade for Christ, this grant-making organization provides court case funding and technical assistance to Christian lawyers and groups, including pro-life organizations.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
339 River Ave, Holland MI 49423
National group of pro-life OB/GYNs. Offers a referral service for pro-life providers. Claims its members represent six percent of members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Opposed to Mifeprex, Plan B and “partial-birth” abortion.
American Center for Law and Justice
PO Box 90555 Washington DC 20090-0555
Legal action in support of Christian principles. Founded by Pat Robertson in 1990 as a “public interest law firm dedicated to the promotion of pro-liber ty, pro-life and pro-family causes.” Provides legal support for clinic demonstrations and protesters as well as many other causes. Jay Sekulow, often appearing in the media, is Chief Counsel.
American Family Association
P.O. Drawer 2440, Tupelo, MS 38803
Donald Wildmon’s media and entertainment watchdog group. Also provides legal assistance through its law center for pro-life court cases. Operates more than 100 radio stations.
American Life League
1179 Courthouse Road, P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22554
(540) 659-4171, fax (540) 659-2586
ALL is “dedicated to the protection of every human life from fertilization to death—with no exceptions.” Founder and President Judie Brown issues statements on a range of issues from abortion, assisted suicide, cloning, euthanasia, population control, and fetal tissue research, which she calls “recycling babies.” Publishes Celebrate Life and Communique magazines. Affiliated with Stopp Planned Parenthood and Rock for Life (R4L), including the latter’s brand of concerts, CDs, and apparel.
Americans United for Life
310 South Peoria Street Suite 500 Chicago, IL 60607
Creates model pro-life legislation and offers pro-bono legal assistance to lawyers arguing pro-life criminal and civil cases, both at the state and federal levels. Committed to chipping away at Roe piece by piece. Former V.P. at the Family Research Council, Charmaine Yoest is thegroup’s new president.
Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation
777 South Flagler Drive Phillips Point, Suite 1600 West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401
Reliable funder of many Christian Right campaigns, including campus ministries and national pro-life organizations.
Campaign for Working Families
P.O. Box 97163 Washington, DC 20077-7154
(703) 671-8800, fax (703) 671-8899
A pro-family and pro-life PAC formed by former presidential hopeful Gary Bauer which supports an end to abortion and lower taxes for families.
The Catholic Health Association of America
4455 Woodson Road,St. Louis, MO 63134-3797
A 2,000 member lobbying and advocacy organization for Catholic health care facilities, including hospitals. Supports the retention of Catholic conscience clauses in hospital mergers of Catholic and other-than Catholic facilities.
Catholics United for Life
3050 Gap Knob Road, New Hope, KY 40052
Besides a colorful graphic presence on the Web with links to many Catholic, pro-life sites, this group trains “sidewalk counselors” to demonstrate outside abortion clinics. Its legal arm is the New Hope Life Center in Kentucky. Hosts Free Speech Advocates, one of its affiliates, that offers legal defense for anti-abortion militants.
Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity
2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 317-8180, fax (847) 317-8101
Founded by Christian bioethicists in 1994 to bring Christian perspectives to contemporary bioethical issues such as stem cell research and fetal surgery. Affiliated with many pro-life medical organizations. Publishes Ethics and Medicine.
Christian Action Council
44180 Riverside Parkway Suite 200 Landsdown VA 20176
Coordinates a network of 450 crisis pregnancy centers through its ministries arm, Care Net. Publishes the Pro-Life Advocate.
Christian Activist Network
P.O. Box 606 Forest, VA 24511-0606 USA
Pro-life group that promotes several issues through its home lobbying kits as well as books such as founder Martin Mawyer’s Defending the American Family: the Pro-Family Contract with America. Recent activity has focused on Islamophobic organizing.
Christian Coalition of America
P.O. Box 37030 Washington, DC 20013-7030 USA
(202) 479-6900 fax (202) 479- 4260
Founded by Pat Robertson in 1989 and headed by Ralph Reed through most of the 1990s, this once mighty organization is now a shadow of its former self. Headed by Roberta Combs, a Robertson protégé.
Christian Defense Coalition
1006 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Headed by Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney, this religiously-based pro-life group is active in clinic blockades and political protests. Has been involved in numerous law suits around protest activity.
Collegians Activated To Liberate Life
P.O. Box 259806, Madison, WI 53725
A Christian organization founded in 1991 by Peter Alban Heers to foster young anti-choice leadership through CALL weekend events (conferences of speeches and activism), outreach to campuses, networking college students to national leaders, and the publication of a newsletter, Trumpet. Against sex before marriage, contraception, euthanasia, and in vitro fertilization.
Concerned Women for America
1015 Fifteenth St., NW Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005
Under the leadership of its founder and president Beverly LaHaye, CWA is the largest conservative women’s political organization in the US and has teamed up with the Christian Medical and Dental Society to produce a series of public service announcements about the dangers of abortion. Past campaigns include “After the Choice,” a video about crisis pregnancies that attacks the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
Coral Ridge Ministries
PO Box 1920 Ft Lauderdale FL 33302
Home of James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Media companies, Janet Folger’s Center for Reclaiming America, and affiliated with its Washington lobbying arm, The Center for Christian Statesmanship. Daily radio and TV shows nationwide despite founder Kennedy’s death. Its monthly newsletter Impact regularly asks readers to take anti-choice action.
P.O. Box 618 Alton, IL 62002
Phyllis Schlafly’s operations center for publications and mailings is in Illinois; her lobbying arm is in Washington. Mostly a copycat on conservative abortion issues, this organization will gladly reprint information about pro-life activities and positions.
PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL 62791-7348
The Elliot Institute is a non-profit corporation that was founded in 1988 to perform research and publish material on the impact of abortion and serves as “an advocate for women and men seeking post-abortion healing.” The director, David C. Reardon, Ph.D., is the editor of The Post-Abortion Review. He is also the author of Aborted Women, Silent No More; Making Abortion Rare; and a resource for clergy called The Jericho Plan: Breaking Down the Walls Which Prevent Post-Abortion Healing.
Family Research Council
801 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-2100, fax (202) 393-2134
This is the DC-based public policy affiliate of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Among its many magazines, such as Family Policy and other materials, the FRC publishes the Pro-Life Action Guide and The Truth in Black and White, a booklet about so-called “partial-birth abortion.”
Feminists for Life of America
P.O. Box 320667 Alexandria, VA 22320
Calling on Susan B. Anthony as its role model, this group opposes all forms of violence, especially against women, and is particularly opposed to abortion. Publishes the quarterly The American Feminist which reprints articles on such topics as the link between abortion and breast cancer. Identifies proudly as pro-feminist and pro-life.
Focus on the Family
Colorado Springs, CO 80995
James Dobson’s pro-family outfit is a prodigious publisher and broadcaster, printing over 10 magazines every month for specific constituencies, such as physicians, children, young women, teachers, and single parents. Dobson maintains his syndicated daily radio show on Christian issues. Maintains state-level affiliates.
Hayes Publishing Company
6304 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45224
(513) 681-7559, fax (513) 681-9298
Publishes a variety of anti-choice materials, including, books by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke (Abortion Questions and Answers (1990), Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Past & Present (1998), Why Can’t We Love Them Both?(1997)), photographs of abortions and a brochure called, Planned Parenthood, The Nation’s Leading Provider and Promoter of Abortion: Is it True?
665 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 440 Columbus, Ohio 43229-3245
Support association of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Publishes annual directory of pro-life pregnancy centers, runs workshops and seminars, and sells a line of sex abstinence jewelry and a software program for managing such centers.
Heritage House ‘76
919 South Main Street, Snowflake, AZ 85937
(800) 858-3040, fax
An anti-choice catalog of books, curricula, videos, bumper stickers, jewelry and other resources.
Human Life International
4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630, (S40) 63S-7884
HLI’s mission is to “promote and defend the sanctity of human life around the world according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church through prayer, service and education.” Founded by Father Paul Marx, this international organization supports local affiliates of priests and laypeople who are encouraged to become active opponents of abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and homosexuality. Vida Humana Internacional Sucursal en Miami is a branch of Human Life International that targets Latinos.
Libertarians for Life
13424 Hathaway Drive, Wheaton, MD 20906
“Libertarians for Life was founded in 1976 to show why abortion is a wrong under justice, not a right. Our reasoning is scientific and philosophical rather than pragmatic or religious.” Offers a speakers bureau and publications list.
Life Decisions International
P.O. Box 439 Front Royal, VA 22630-0009
(202) 347-2066, Fax 703-222-4346
Publications available on the web.
Life Dynamics, Inc.
P.O. Box 2226, Denton, TX 76202
Mark Crutcher’s multi-tactic approach to abolishing abortions includes training on his Firestorm campaign, “Life Activist Seminars;” how to enact abortion malpractice (“ABMAL”) litigation; direct mail attacks on abortion providers and medical students; and a video talk show, “Lifetalk,” that claims to have exposed the industry of abortion clinics selling fetal body parts.
Life Education and Resource Network-- L.E.A.R.N.
P.O. Box 9400 Fayetteville, NC 28311
LEARN is the largest, African-American, evangelical pro-life ministry in the United States. Promotes chastity, values, and pro-life education for African Americans. Holds an annual conference and produces materials including videos and TV shows. Rev. Johnny Hunter is President and Akua Furlow executive director.
Life Enterprises Unlimited
P.O. Box 8S030, Mobile, AL 3668S
Organized by David Trosch, a Catholic priest who, following the murder of David Gunn was the first to declare publicly that killing abortion providers is “justifiable homicide.”
Life Issues Institute, Inc
1721 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 4S239
(S13) 729-3600, fax (S13) 729-3636
Anti-choice organization, headed by John C. Willke, MD, that produces educational material, including: brochures; books; videos; slide sets; CDs containing sixty-second spots on abortion; a daily five-minute commentary on abortion and related issues (Life Issues hosted by John Willke); The RU-486 Report, a monthly publication; and Connector, a quarterly publication. Their materials are translated into over 28 languages.
Life Legal Defense Foundation
P.O. Box 210S, Napa, CA 94SS8
LifeLegalDefense@cs.com Originally formed to defend Operation Rescue members in California, this small, pro-life, legal defense group publishes a newsletter, Lifeline.
March for Life
PO Box 90300, Washington, DC 20090
Founded in 1974 by anti-choice leaders. Organizes an annual Washington, D.C. march that takes place on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade (January 22nd). sought for their minor-aged daughter.”
Missionaries to the Preborn
P.O. Box 26931 Milwaukee, WI 53266
“Missionaries to the Preborn is the first Christian mission in America dedicated to the ministry of our preborn neighbor.” Founded by Rev. Matt Trewhella, this militant group is split from mainstream pro-life groups, since it believes in the absolute prohibition of abortion, at any cost.
National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
1500 Massachusetts Ave Suite 24 NW Washington DC 20005
(202) 393-0703, fax (202) 347-1383
Lobbies to re-criminalize abortion through a Human Life Amendment and against any funding of abortion. Works primarily in the Catholic community.
National Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities
3211 4th St., NE, Washington, DC 20017
The official policy and church teachings arm of the US Catholic Conference on matters of abortion. The Secretariat works under the direction and guidance of a Committee of bishops, presently chaired by William Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, conducting anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia educational and public policy work. Also publishes liturgical suggestions, three newsletters (Life Insight, Life At Risk: A Chronicle of Euthanasia Trends in America, and NFP Forum), and a biweekly syndicated column for Catholic newspapers (“Life Issues Forum”).
National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing
3501 South Lake Drive, P.O. Box 07477, Milwaukee, WI 53207
Provides information and training for anti-abortion counseling centers on “post-abortion trauma” and assists with the development of local trauma-counseling programs titled “Project Rachel.” Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church.
National Right to Life Committee
512 10th St. NW Washington, DC 20004
This large group is perhaps the best known of all the national pro-life organizations. Spawned in the early 1970s by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, it remains predominantly Catholic but does have a significant proportion of Protestant members. Focusing on mainstream pro-life legislative goals, NRLC has given a lot of attention to late-term abortion, the Child Custody Protection Act (making it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion) and identifying presidential candidates’ positions on abortion. NRLC also files amicus briefs on major abortion cases. In an effort to appear more responsive to real people, it has developed special population programs for adolescents (National Teens for Life); “victims of post-abortion syndrome” (American Victims of Violence); National College Students for Life; and Black Americans for Life.
Negative Population Growth, Inc.
2 861 Duke St., Suite 36 Alexandria, VA 22314
(202) 667-8950, fax (202) 667-8953
Membership organization founded in 1972 to focus on the effects of overpopulation on the environment and quality of life. Seeks to decrease the population of the US through limits on immigration and voluntary incentives for smaller families. Has argued that monetary incentives to encourage women to get sterilized are not coercive.
Wichita, KS 67278-2888
Founded by Randall Terry in 1986. Its abortion clinic blockades peaked in 1988-89 and have steadily declined since. Court suits and high fines have had a tempering effect on its activities and membership. Flip Benham has replaced Terry, and under his leadership, OR continues to employ Biblical principles to the abortion debate.
Pharmacists for Life International
P.O. Box 1281, Powell, OH, 43065-1281
(800) 227-8359, (740) 881-5520, fax (707) 667-2447
Anti-choice pharmacist association representing almost 1500 pharmacists, and hundreds of lay supporters worldwide. Advocates the adoption of a Pharmacist’s Conscience Clause (which have passed in Louisiana, Puerto Rico and California) giving pharmacists the right to refuse to perform professionally related acts based on a claim of conscience without risking loss of employment or a suite for damages. Its activities include education of pharmacists, health care professionals and the general public through consultations, speakers and quarterly newsletter called Beginnings.
The Population Research Institute
P.O. Box 1559, Front Royal, VA 22630
This small office supports pro-life ideas that challenge the idea of a global population problem. It argues against US funding of international family planning programs, and it opposes the use of Norplant in the Third World. Publishes PRI Review.
Priests for Life
PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, 888-PFL-3448
(718) 980-400, fax (718) 980-6515
Founded in 1991 to network and assist priests in anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia work through training seminars, publications (including the Priests for Life newsletter and an aid for anti-abortion preaching), videos and tapes, and by linking clergy to other anti-abortion groups. Also, offers “healing and counseling” to women who have had abortions. Father Pavone, the director, has bi-weekly columns in diocesan newspapers.
PO Box 070477 Millwakee WI 53207-0477
See National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing.
Pro-Life Action League
6160 North Cicero Avenue, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60646
Founder Joseph Scheidler has single-handedly upped the ante in pro-life direct action circles. His Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion is the recipe book for sidewalk counseling and other militant action. His web- site provides materials for student papers and ways to support his lawsuit against NOW. From Closed: “Pro-life activists cannot wait for the legislative and judicial process that will make abortion illegal. The activist has to save lives now.”
Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians
P.O. Box 33292, Washington, DC 20033
(202) 223-6697, fax (202) 265-9737
“The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians began in 1990 with local groups in Washington, DC and Minneapolis. not updated in over a year.
Randall Terry Live!
(904) 461- 0834
Radio show of Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, which can be heard on stations around the country and on the internet (at www. wrkp.com).
Republican National Coalition for Life
Box 618, Alton, IL 62002, (214) 559-4460
Phyllis Schafly founded this group in 1990 to highlight the support the Republican Party gives to pro- life issues. RNCL is the source of the GOP and Elephant/Precious Feet pins as well as such bumper stickers as “It’s a child, not a choice.”
Rock for Life
P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555
A youth division of the American Life League led by Brian Kemper. Sponsors pro-life rock concerts as part of a recruitment effort to attract high school and college-age audiences.
1445 East Rio Rd., P.O. Box 7482, Charlottesville, VA 22906
Founded by R.J. Rushdoony, John and Carol Whitehead and other Christian Reconstructionists. Rutherford is a legal support organization which works to codify its leaders’ beliefs into law. It has represented Operation Rescue, Missionaries to the Preborn, and national and local action-oriented pro- life groups whose members get arrested. A radio spot, Freedom Under Fire, airs on most Christian networks daily.
P.O. Box 9295, Silver Spring, MD 20916
(641) 715-3800, access code 631061#
Network of progressive, faith-based groups committed to “a consistent ethic of life, once called the Seamless Garment Network.” Opposes violence of any sort, including the arms race, warfare, poverty, capital punishment, and euthanasia as well as abortion which it sees as a form of violence. Founded the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, its research arm.
STOPP—Stop Planned Parenthood International
P.O. Box 1350, Stafford, VA 22555
(540) 659-4171, fax (540) 659-2586
STOPP is a Christian organization, founded in 1985 with the goal of closing down all Planned Parenthood programs, especially abortion services and any youth education programs. It calls itself an organization of parents and endorses “all nonviolent activity,” including providing speakers, producing publications (including the newsletter, Ryan Report), and legislative work. The Director is Jim Sedlak.
Susan B. Anthony List
1800 North Kent Street, Suite 1070, Arlington, VA 22209
Political action committee designed to train, support and elect women pro-life candidates at all levels of US government. Shares the use of Susan B. Anthony as an organizational icon of pro-life feminists with Feminists for Life although unaffiliated with that group.
Western Center for Law and Religious Freedom
4208 Evergreen Lane, Suite 222 Annandale, VA 22003
Originally a project of the Christian Legal Society, the Center maintains its affiliation as it attempts to defend members of groups like Operation Rescue who were sued by the abortion providers for blockading clinics.