Oh, and the email salutation? "Dear blogger." These folks are culling email addresses from those of us who proudly blog for choice or talk about comprehensive reproductive health on our blogs, and they are spamming pro-choice bloggers.
Fortunately, there are places like Pro-Choice Resources that provide real support for women who have had an abortion. Their weekly Emerge support group provides a safe, respectful, and supportive environment for women to gather and share their experiences, free of political or religious agendas. That's just one of the reasons I'm raising funds for the organization.
I'm also raising funds because we are all the beneficiaries of a sexual justice movement that predates many of us. Last night I got a contribution to the Pro-Choice Resources Bowl-a-thon Fundraiser from an older friend who later sent the following email:
I am old enough to have had a friend who had to fly to Mexico in the dead of night - it's hard for young women to imagine how frightening those times were.I'm grateful for comprehensive sex ed, birth control, condoms, Roe v. Wade, safe and legal abortion, and every person who fought to make these things a reality.
The sad truth is that there are still plenty of people who want to penalize women, especially young women, for having sex--by preventing access to information, birth control, or unbiased medical information. This is one of the reasons that places like PCR exist--to make sure that women and youth can get the information and services that they need.
To make a donation, click the big old bowling button at right. I'm really close to my fundraising goal, but I'm not stopping until it's time to go knock the pins down.