about the march
About Us

"March for Women's Lives"
April 2004 March in Washington, D.C.

1725 Eye Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington,DC 20006
fax: 202-349-3839
email: [email protected]

The Seven Groups Organizing the March

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):
THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU is non-profit and non-partisan. Our membership has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists at our founding in 1920 to an organization of more than 400,000 members and supporters, with offices in almost every state. A couple of our projects directly affect the lives of women:

The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project works to ensure that every person can make informed, meaningful decisions about reproduction free from intrusion by government. The ACLU has recognized since its inception that personal privacy and reproductive rights are among our most important constitutional liberties. We were the first national organization to argue for abortion rights before the Supreme Court, and have been a principal defender of those rights since 1973, when the Court recognized the right to choose in Roe v. Wade.

The ACLU Women's Rights Project, founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is a leader in the movement to achieve full equality for women in American society. Our mission is to advance justice for all women regardless of race, religion, age, or socioeconomic status. We focus on defending the rights of those who have historically had the most difficulty realizing themówomen of color, low-income women, young women, immigrants, and women in prison.

Black Women's Health Imperative

Feminist Majority
The Feminist Majority (formerly Fund for the Feminist Majority), focuses on empowering women in public policy-making as well as gender balance in elective and appointive offices

Its sister organization, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) was created to develop bold, new strategies and programs to advance women's equality, non-violence, economic development, and, most importantly, empowerment of women and girls in all sectors of society. All programs of the FMF endeavor to include a global perspective and activities to promote leadership development, especially among young women. Along with reproductive rights and access to reproductive technology, the FMF's programs have focused on the empowerment of women in law, business, medicine, academia, sports, and the Internet.

NARAL Pro-Choice America
For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the grassroots and political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women's health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) is dedicated to ensuring the fundamental human right to reproductive health for Latinas, their families, and their communities through education, advocacy, and coalition-building. Latinas face a unique and complex array of reproductive health and rights issues that are exacerbated by poverty, gender, racial and ethnic discrimination and xenophobia. These circumstances make it especially difficult for Latinas to access reproductive health care services, including the full range of available reproductive health technologies and abortion services. We believe that in order to substantially improve the reproductive health of Latinas and protect their rights to exercise reproductive freedom, NLIRH must locate reproductive health and rights issues within a broader social justice framework that seeks to bring an end to poverty and discrimination and affirms human dignity and the right to self-determination.

National Organization for Women (NOW)
The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Planned Parenthood Federation of America is the nation's largest and most trusted voluntary reproductive health care organization. Planned Parenthood affiliates serve nearly five million women, men and teenagers every year. Our mission is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual; to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services; to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality; and to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.