Supportive businesses that share our mission and serve women well
- Maria Ines Butler, MSW, LCSW.
- Consultel, Inc. – Custom Web Designs, Social Media, and Google AdWords Management; designed over 150 abortion clinic websites
- ACOL (Abortion Clinics Online) – Online directory of abortion clinics. Posted pro-choice resources on the web before anyone else thought of it. Ann Rose we applaud you!
- Ortho-McNeil’s Women birth control products
- Berlex birth control products
- Warner Chilcott birth control products
- Organon USA birth control products
- HPSRx Enterprises
- Action Home Inspection handyman services
Abortion Advocacy ~ showing public support or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
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Your REPRODUCTIVE Wellness is at stake.
Local elections can be just as important to reproductive rights as national elections.
“Young women need to know that abortion rights and abortion access are not presents bestowed or retracted by powerful men or women but freedoms won, as freedom always is, by people struggling on their own behalf.”— Katha Pollitt
Abortion Advocacy Organizations
The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Rights – The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health formed in 2011 as a response to the attack on women’s health and safety prompted by Senate Bill 924. The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health strives to protect and ensure access for all women in all regions of Virginia to safe first-trimester abortion and comprehensive reproductive health care services. The Coalition is committed to ensuring any regulations are based solely on medical and public health considerations. The Coalition is opposed to excessive, burdensome or unneeded regulations that undermine patient access to medical care for political or ideological purposes.
National Abortion Rights Action League – 1101 14th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005 A very active chapter in Virginia has insured FCHC ability to offer you pro-choice gynecology services. For more than 30 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the nation’s leading advocate for privacy and a woman’s right to choose.
National Abortion Federation – NAF 1660 L Street NW Suite 450 Washington DC 20036 | (202) 667-5881 NAF Hotline Fund: (800) 772-9100 | The mission of the National Abortion Federation is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. | Falls Church Healthcare Center is a proud NAF member.
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy – 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 | The Center for Reproductive Rights (formerly the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy) is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and defending women’s reproductive rights worldwide.
Public Funding for Abortion, American Civil Liberties Union – The Hyde Amendment allows states to determine whether or not to allow Medicaid pay for abortion procedures. Only 17 states allow public funding for abortions, leaving a huge number of American women unable to pay for an abortion. The ACLU opposes the Hyde Amendment and its far reaching implications.
National Women’s Law Center – 11 Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202 588-5180 | The National Women’s Law Center has worked since its inception in 1972 to protect and advance the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in virtually every aspect of their lives.
Raising Women’s Voices – is a national initiative working to make sure women’s voices are heard and women’s concerns are addressed as policymakers put the new health reform law into action.
Southern Poverty Law Center – 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, Al 36104. The Southern Poverty Law Center teaches tolerance, monitors violence and provides valuable advocacy services.
Refuse and Resist! In the tradition of the Refuse & Resist! organization, this website provides a collection of diverse viewpoints about the “fundamentalist right-wing morality imposed by the state” and many efforts to resist that repression.
Reproductive Health Education
Guttmacher Institute – The leading think tank on sexual and reproductive health issues in the United States and worldwide.
Advocates for Youth – 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 | (202) 347-5700 | Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
La Iniciativa Latina – 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW #1130, Washington, DC 20005 | (202) 628-7700 | La meta de La Iniciativa Latina es ayudar a las comunidades Latinas aplicar la sexualidad humana desde una perspectiva informativa por fe. Esto será hecho posible a través de la educación, preparación, y foros abiertos y incluyendo y no limitado a la educación comprensiva sobre la educación de sexualidad, educación de salud reproductiva y justicia, la prevención del embarazo de adolescentes, la VIH/Sida desde una perspectiva religioso que refleja un entendimiento de la cultura latina.
National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Inc. – NFPRHA members provide comprehensive preventive health care services at more than 4,000 health centers to nearly 4 million women and men annually. Everyday our members help people act responsibly, stay healthy and plan for strong families.
National Network of Abortion Funds – A network of over 100 grassroots groups in more than 40 states that help women pay for abortion services.
Abortion Care Network – The national ACN (Abortion Care Network – formerly NCAP – National Coalition of Abortion Providers.) is a 501(c) non-profit, membership organization that represents the political, business and networking needs of independent abortion providers across the country. 1625 K Street, NW, Suite 1020; Washington, DC 20006 | (202) 419-1444 | Falls Church Healthcare is a proud ACN member.
Medical Students for Choice – The United States and Canada face a dangerous shortage of trained abortion providers. MS4C works to make sure students are trained in abortion procedures. Falls Church Healthcare Center is proud to be an extern training site.
Clinic Volunteers and Escorts , WACDTF (Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force) P.O. Box 21796 , Washington, DC 20009 | (202) 797-6577 | The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force is an all-volunteer, non-violent group founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women’s health clinics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. A very active volunteer team in Virginia has insured FCHC ability to offer you pro-choice gynecology services.
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health – PRCH is a national network of pro-choice physicians who are committed to providing and advocating for the best possible care for patients.
What are the health consequences of partner violence?
Women’s Center for Domestic Violence is a non-profit organization offering services for women in crisis.
National Domestic Violence Hotline / Linea Nacional sobre la Violencia Domestica – One call summons immediate help in English or Spanish, 24 hours a day, 7 days each week. Interpreters are available to translate 139 languages. www.ndvh.org
The Hotline may be reached toll-free at 1+(800) 799-SAFE (7233) | 1+(800) 787-3224 (TTY)
Helpful information about cervical health is available here.
- National Women’s Health Resource Center – Your Guide to Cervical Health [pdf] A 24 page guide to everything you need to know about your cervical health.
What is a PAP Smear?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: getting a gynecological exam is probably the easiest medical appointment you’ll ever have. No needles, no drills, no stinging eye drops — just some questions and an exam that’s over before you know it. So cast aside those unwarranted fears of specula, “stirrups,” and cold hands, and listen up — here’s what you need to know:
Below you’ll find helpful breast health information.
- National Women’s Health Resource Center – Your Guide to Breast Health [pdf]
A 40 page guide to facts, tips and key questions you should know to ask.
- Helpful shower card for Breast Self-Examination [pdf]
A comprehensive site for Breast Cancer information, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and support options.
The web’s First Cancer Resource
National Cancer Institute’s Cancer information service (800) 422-6237 | 1-800-4-CANCER
Looking for breast health organizations that truly have women’s interests at heart?
- National Women’s Health Resource Center – Your Guide to Breast Health [pdf]
Excellent resources for General Women’s Health
- Healthy Women: Informed Empowered – Your Source for Women’s Health Information
- WebMD Women’s Health
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Resource Center (202) 863-2518
- Your Menstrual Cycle. How It Works, How to Manage It [pdf]
- Feminist Women’s Health Center also in Spanish
- Heart-to-Heart. High Blood Pressure. Talk About It [pdf]
Recognizing a Stroke
Neurologists say if they get to a stroke victim within 3 hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke. The key is getting a stroke recognized and diagnosed.
Remember these 4 steps: STRS
- S – Ask the individual to SMILE
- T – Ask the person to TALK and speak a simple sentence coherently, like “It is sunny out today.”
- R – Ask him or her to RAISE both arms
- S – STICK out your tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, or goes to one side or the other, the person may have had a stroke
- If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
Learn all you can about family planning before starting a family
Family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility. A woman’s ability to space and limit her pregnancies has a direct impact on her health and well-being as well as on the outcome of each pregnancy. – World Health Organization
The leading resource to learn about Emergency Contraception information.
“Emergency contraception is birth control that prevents pregnancy after sex, which is why it is sometimes called “the morning after pill,” “the day after pill,” or “morning after contraception.” You can use emergency contraception right away – or up to 5 days after sex – if you think your birth control failed, you didn’t use contraception, or you were forced to have sex.”
Helpful reproductive health care information for young women and teens
A great resource on Teen Council by Planned Parenthood.
Mom Dad, I’m Pregnant is a site designed to aid communication between teens and parents around pregnancy related issues.
Yesterday, your mother was nagging you about cleaning your room. Today, how do you tell her you’re pregnant?
Your daughter has seemed remote but you never suspected she might be pregnant: how do you respond?
The “Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant” Project of the Abortion Conversation Project, Inc. addresses these questions and more on its new website and in companion handouts, “How Can I Tell my Parents?” and “How Do I Respond?”
The National Campaign to Prevent Teem and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the well-being of children, youth, families and the nation by preventing unplanned and teen pregnancy.
We need to educate communities about sexuality and healthy decision making and inspire teens to use their voices to advocate for positive sexual attitudes and policies. We provide accurate and unbiased sexuality education to end ignorance and to promote acceptance and communication.
Additional abortion resources printed info and telephone numbers.
The following additional resources may be helpful in your decision making:
- You can order the complete Pregnancy Options Workbook from the Ferre Institute, Inc., 124 Front Street Binghamton, NY 13905 | Phone (607) 724-4308 | fax: (607) 724-8290
- National Abortion Federation HOTLINE 1-800-772-9100. Information about Abortion Funds. Fact Sheets Available from NAF 1660 L Street NW, Suite 450 Washington DC 20036 Phone: (202) 667-5881
- “Abortion: Finding Your Own Truth,” “How Good Women Make Wise Choices,” “Clarifying What You Believe” and other pamphlets from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice 1025 Vermont Ave. NW #1130 Washington DC 20005 | (202) 628-7700.
- The Abortion Resource Handbook by K. Kaufmann, Fireside Press, Simon & Schuster.
- Unspeakable Losses Understanding the Experience of Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage, and Abortion by Kim Kluger-Bell $23.95, WW Norton Book Co. 1998
- A Difficult Decision by Joy Gardner, Crossing Press.
- “You Are Not Alone” and other pamphlets from Catholics for Choice. 1436 U St. NW #301 Washington DC 20009 | Phone (202) 986-6093 email: email@example.com.
- Modern Breast and Pelvic Examinations, Handbook for Health Professionals; Dr. Lila A. Wallis
- I Knew a Woman; Cortney Davis, C.N.P., Random House.
- Videos of clergy talking directly to women: Faith Aloud Videos
Falls Church Healthcare Center is a PROUD member of these organizations: