National Advocates for Pregnant Women and numerous co-sponsors invite you to attend the National Summit to Ensure the Health and Humanity of Pregnant and Birthing Women, Thursday, January 18â€“ Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Hilton Airport Atlanta, Atlanta GA
WHAT THIS SUMMIT IS ABOUT:
Today’s highly politicized and polarizing abortion debate creates the false and destructive illusion that there are two kinds of women — women who have abortions and women who have babies. The reality is that they are all the same women:
By age 25, approximately half of all women in the United States have experienced at least one birth.
By age 44, this figure is approximately 85%.
Sixty-one percent of women having abortions already are mothers, raising one or more children.
A majority of those having abortions, but not yet raising children will someday become mothers and spend much of their lives raising and caring for their children and other loved ones.
At least 15-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriages or stillbirths.
All of these women are facing increasing limitations on access to care as a result of conflicts with professional organizations, imposition of religious directives in health care institutions, anti-abortion/fetal rights laws and rhetoric that affect all pregnant women including those continuing to term, and issues concerning health care financing that interfere with women’s ability to make decisions regarding their pregnancies, birthing options, the childbirth process, their lives and their families’ well-being.
The fundamental goal of the Summit is to bring people together who are committed to ensuring the health and humanity of all pregnant women — regardless of what their decisions may be — and recognizing that there are strong and diverse opinions about both abortion and about how best to birth a child.
Who should attend the Summit? Doulas, midwives, physicians, nurses and other reproductive health care providers, birthing rights activists, reproductive and social justice activists, and all who are committed to the health and humanity of pregnant women, their families and communities.
Register for the Summit here.
Summit phone: 347.427.9255; Summit fax: 866.684.7419