Voicing Our Values: Grounding Access and Activism
March | Access
Abortion Provider Appreciation Postcard Mailing Party
March 10 is the National Day for the Appreciation of Abortion Providers. This day is observed every year to commemorate the death of David Gunn, MD, who was murdered by an anti-choice extremist in 1993. Throughout March, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Gunn along with all the abortion providers who work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and compassionate abortion care.
Abortion providers make it possible for people to make their own reproductive health care choices in a way that best aligns with their life goals. These providers are on the front line of the fight for equal access to abortion care for everyone. They are vital to our movement and we can’t thank them enough for all they do. We look forward to celebrating abortion providers all month long!
Postcard Party Packages include:
- RHAP swag
- Where to send your letters of gratitude
Email Kallie McLoughlin if you are interested in hosting a mailing party.
Social Media Action:
- On March 11th join RHAP’s tweetstorm of appreciation! We will begin tweeting at 1:00pm EST. Share your messages of appreciation with the hashtags #CelebrateAbortionProviders #RHAPvalues
- Have friends who can’t make it to your mailing party? Share our form where RHAP is collecting messages that we will mail to providers and share on social media
- Sign and share this petition to increase access to medication management of abortion and miscarriage by loosening the unnecessary restrictions on mifepristone
Arts & Crafts Reading Hour
- “What it Really Takes to Get An Abortion”
- “A Drug That Eases Miscarriages Is Difficult For Women To Get”
- “3 Reasons Why We Need To Talk About Queer And Trans People And Birth Control“
Ready, Set, Collage!
After discussing some of the readings with friends, it’s time to get messy with arts and crafts. Gather some old magazines, paper, tape and you’re set to go!
- Visually, what does a world where everyone has access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care with ease, dignity, and respect look like?
Social Media Action:
- Share your collages on FB & Twitter with the hashtags #EnvisionReproHealthAccess #RHAPvalues and tag us @RHAP1. At the end of the month RHAP staff will select our top 2 collages and share your visions on our website!
April | Evidence-based Practice
Fact Checking Your State and Federal Policies
Most days you can find a new policy being introduced or enacted that is meant to prevent people from accessing the reproductive health services they need, particularly abortion. These policies rarely reflect evidence-based best practices and are often meant to restrict access, stigmatize, and create fear. They are then discussed on news and in the media in ways that further perpetuate this misinformation.
We challenge you to call out these policies with #FactsNotFear! When you see someone post on social media about some of these stigmatizing policies, counter that narrative with one of the articles in the reading list or citing information from a trusted source like the Guttmacher Institute. Use the hashtag “FactsNotFear and tag us @RHAP1 – we’ll be featuring our fearless fact checkers all month on our social media!
Sign and share this petition to increase access to medication management of abortion and miscarriage by loosening the unnecessary restrictions on mifepristone. These politically motivated restrictions are not based in scientific fact and only create more barriers to care.
Evidence-Based Book Club
- RHAP’s new zine: Sam’s Medication Abortion
- Why is it important to share Sam’s story?
- How can stories based in evidence help combat stories that are meant to spread fear?
- What’s one piece of misinformation that you’ve seen on social media/the news/etc. that Sam’s story could help combat?
Social Media Action:
- Share out what you’re discussing as well as your favorite parts of the Sam’s Medication Abortion Zine in your Evidence-Based Book Club on FB & Twitter with the hashtag #RHAPvalues and tag us @RHAP1. We’ll be giving shout outs to fact-based fans all throughout April!
Contribute to the Cause
Help Us Distribute “Sam’s Medication Abortion“
Our new zine will be a helpful tool to educate folks on medication abortion and help dismantle reproductive stigma. If you liked this story and the way we’ve shared this evidence-based information about medication abortion, help us develop more! In addition to sharing Sam’s story about their experience of medication abortion, we can work to tell stories around contraception and early pregnancy loss care, as well. Help us reach more people through this fun and educational learning tool by covering distribution and design costs for the zines. Your one-time gift or recurring donation will help spread the word about reproductive health care. All donations, big or small, go a long way by making reproductive health care information available to everyone, everywhere!
Here’s how –
$25 per month covers shipping and handling
$50 per month covers printing costs to distribute 50 books each month
$100 per month covers creation and graphic design needs
May | Patient-centered Care
Host an “After Tiller” viewing event.
June | Purposeful Inclusion
Submit a Comment
Use your voice! Submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services, letting them know that the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Health Care Rights Law are unacceptable.
Take a Picture
Take a picture defending patients’ rights and post to Twitter, using the hashtags #PutPatientsFirst and #ProtectTransHealth. See our example here.
Fill out your Gender Unicorn
Try your hand at filling out your own “Gender Unicorn!” This interactive graphic was created by Trans Student Resources, and is a fun way to learn more and see where you fit on the gender spectrum!
RHAP is part of a coalition of nearly 80 organizations that worked together to outline a proactive policy agenda to advance sexual and reproductive health in the U.S. and around the world. Read the “Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice”.
Help us spread the word about the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Use the hashtag #ReproBlueprint and tag us @RHAP1. Sample tweets:
- The Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice is a proactive policy agenda for a future where individuals are free and equal and have autonomy over their bodies. #ReproBlueprint. Learn more: ReproBlueprint.org
- It’s time to go on offense. Nearly 80 orgs to developed The BLUEPRINT: a proactive policy agenda to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Check out the #ReproBlueprint. ReproBlueprint.org
- If we don’t control our bodies, we can’t be free and we can’t be equal. That’s why nearly 80 orgs have developed The Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Check out: ReproBlueprint.org #ReproBlueprint
- Don’t just fight back: fight forward, toward the world you want to see. That means proactive policy to protect access to sexual and reproductive health care and rights. Together, WE CAN GET THERE. Check out the #ReproBlueprint: ReproBlueprint.org
Get a group of friends together and host a papaya workshop! Learn how to talk about MVA abortions and bust abortion stigma. Become a stronger advocate for access to abortion by deepening your knowledge.
Fund a fellow! Sign up to become a monthly donor by giving directly to our fellowship program so we can offer even more family physicians the tools they need to provide full-spectrum reproductive health care.
Take a look at our resources. Do you know a lot about abortion, but not so much about early pregnancy loss? Pick a topic and teach yourself more about reproductive health care. Start with our newest resource, a zine called Sam’s Medication Abortion.
Host a book club to discuss intersectionality! This comprehensive list includes key books, academic articles, blogs, and audio/video to help engage your community in conversation.
Review these Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice and start to take steps to incorporate the various experiences and voices of different communities into your work and daily life. If you’re comfortable, share your story about accessing reproductive health care on social media — be sure to tag RHAP on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Implicit Association Test measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to express. Take the test and reflect upon your own implicit biases.
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