Reproductive Rights and Issues

“Self-determination of one’s reproductive health decisions” has been part of AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities for many years. It is integral to women’s economic security and empowerment. This page calls AAUW Florida branches to UNDERSTAND and EDUCATE.

The principles

As a nonpartisan organization, AAUW cannot support candidates, but we can work to change hearts and minds in favor of a woman’s right to choose her own path in every aspect of her life. This also applies to people of other genders and those who do not conform to the binary paradigm, but who may be capable of becoming pregnant. It is a great joy and privilege to nurture a new life if one chooses to do so, but to be forced to do so is abhorrent.

under-stand and educate

Please refer to the posts below on “Birth Control”, “Abortion”, “Religions and Abortion”, and “Legal Matters” for background information. “The Power of Story: Abortion” is an older post containing personal observations.

Please read suggestions for action at the branch level in “What You Can Do”.

Information and Issues in Reproductive Rights

Birth Control

It is difficult to exaggerate the impact of the availability of birth control on women’s lives and on society in…

Legal Matters

The whole basis of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was that there is no right to…


Prevention and termination of pregnancy has been practiced throughout recorded human history. Under English common law, the cornerstone of American…

Religions and Abortion

There are two questions that are answered differently by people of different faiths and philosophies: when does life begin, and…

What You Can Do

In the branch:  Have a discussion within your board of directors or branch on the topic: what do we mean…

The Power of Story: Abortion

Four years ago, during AAUW Florida’s last in-person convention, a small group of members cornered me in the hall and…

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