March 10: National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

By Debra Sweet 

4000 Years for Choice

In 1996, March 10th was declared a National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers by a group of national organizations and individuals as a way of giving back to the people who risk so much to ensure women have access to abortion.

March 10th is the anniversary of the murder of Dr. David Gunn, the first provider murdered by an anti-abortion extremist.
 
Since then doctors and clinic staff continue to be attacked, their clients mercilessly harrassed, their facilities bombed and burned, and their doctors and staff murdered. Yet they continue going to work, braving an increasing onslaught from fundamentalist extremists, because they know their services are absolutely indispensible to the equality of women in this society.

More on the history of the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers

Recognizing Abortion Providers, Dr. Linda Prine, Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health wrote last year:
...we will also mourn the murder of the kindest, most humble and bravest physician many of us have ever met: George Tiller. We will reflect on the risks he took to serve women, the sacrifices he and his family made while living under siege. We will think of his mottoes, especially “Trust women”—the guiding principle that kept him focused on his patients’ needs.
 
Watch Dr. Susan Wicklund on what difference it makes to get a note of support, in the midst of threats. From "Abortion, Morality, and the Liberation of Women
 
Thursday, March 10, 2011 this is what you can do:

► Find a clinic near you: National Abortion Federation LIST Abortion Clinics Online LIST

Spread on Facebook

► Bring flowers & thank you cards in person. You can download, print and send cards to providers here

► Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, praising providers

► Contact your local clinic about becoming an escort or finding out other ways to help
 

Watch Kari Ann Rinker on Rachel Maddow
Talking about the ongoing campaign of intimidation against the pro-choice community and any doctors who would dare to take Dr. Tiller's place in Wichita, KS.

4000YearsforChoice.com is the perfect resource for helping you thank the providers in your community and dispell the total lies pushed by "40 Days for Life" (the national campaign which has plans to kick up a new wave of clinic harassment starting on March 12th).
 
Reports from Walk For Choice held in more than 50 cities, Sat. Feb. 26th. Read reports here