Sunday, August 22, 2010

Feminists for Life, supporting families

Today some medical school peers and I met to finalize our plans to bring a speaker to our school from Feminists for Life.  If you aren't familiar with Feminists for Life, I hope you have time to have an encounter with this group sometime soon.  

Feminists for Life of America was founded in 1972 and is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan grassroots organization that seeks real solutions to the challenges women face.  The organization's efforts are shaped by core values of justice, nondiscrimination and nonviolence.  They aspire to continue the tradition of early American feminists like Susan B. Anthony, who opposed abortion.

I really appreciate that FFL recognizes that abortion is (at least in part) a reflection of the fact that the needs of many women go unmet in our society today.  Holding the conviction that women deserve better than abortion, FFL is dedicated to systematically eliminating the root causes that drive many women to abortion--especially lack of practical resources and support--through holistic, woman-centered solutions.

FFL recently released a great, practical resource to help support families.  It's called Raising Kids on a Shoestring, and it's fully downloadable and full of great, practical advice on how to thrive as a parent of young children, no matter your financial means.  It has great tips for any family--I gleaned a few ideas for myself!

Supporting a Culture of Life means supporting and affirming the lives of our fellow man, woman and child each moment of their lives--from the tiniest beginnings to the distant final days.  I love FFL's commitment to doing this.  It may ask more of us, it may cause us to stand for and with others in ways that draw us out of our comfort zone.  But as Jane Adams said in 1910,
"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain...until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life."

Parents, thank you for all you do to preserve the hope that is the next generation.  Say a prayer for the women, men, and children who don't know the kind of support that you lavish on your loved ones everyday.


Patty said...

Beautiful and full of truth.

Josee said...

I'd never heard of FFL before. Thanks for sharing :)