Wednesday, March 08, 2006

International Women's Day

Margaret Sanger

This is a bag made in honor of Margaret Sanger, a champion and advocate for women's reproductive freedom. I made it in January 2001, in response to George W. Bush's signing a bill, on his very first day in the Presidential Office, removing US funding from any organization worldwide which counsel's reproductive freedom for women, including contraception and abortion.

Another woman who responded to the signing of that restrictive bill is Jane Roberts, who founded 34 Million Friends. The original intent of her organization is to replace that restricted $34 million in funding with $1 from 34 million people. 34 Million Friends has joined with the United Nations Population Fund to help promote women's health and reproductive rights worldwide.

NARAL, founded in 1969 to help repeal abortion laws in the United States, is currently collecting signatures in a petition drive called Prevention First, urging Congress to approve and support contraception, and sex education, as a means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, circumventing a need for abortion.

Donate a dollar, sign a petition. Help the women of the world help their daughters, families, and communities.

8 Comments:

Blogger Anne said...

I like accessory choice on that piece.

My gramps, a very conservative first-generation Sicilian, who happened to be an OB/GYN physician was hyper-liberal in terms of his thinking on abortions. Having cleaned up a lot of badly botched ones performed in inner-city NYC tenements, where the bulk of his patients lived. Definitely was an educational "facts of life" talk I got from him when I turned 12, and something that really affected my whole thinking on the subject.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

...and don't you love that it only took about a month after Alito was confirmed for South Dakota to enact a law specifically designed to challenge Roe vs. Wade. Or am I just seeing conspiracies where they don't exist?

4:12 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

great post! I passed the sites along to all in my mailbox and my check is on the way.

5:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Thank you for the links.

7:46 PM  
Blogger gw said...

I did think of you when I read my Guardian yesterday - and here is your great response.
I wonder how long it will take the tide to wash over to these shores?

2:58 AM  
Blogger claudia said...

The coat hangers are a very compelling image.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

What a great post! Thanks for all the good info and for posting a photo of your fab work.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I love the bag!! It was a little ironic that it got posted about the same time our wonderful gov. put us in the national spotlight--betch ya can't guess what state I live in....

6:39 PM  

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