BACORR started in 1988 to accomplish two things: We defended Bay Area clinics against the harassment and violence of militant anti-choice individuals and organizations (exemplified by Operation “Rescue” ) and we built a diverse movement of reproductive rights activists that formed a strong community base of support for reproductive rights and family planning clinics, and their mission of serving working class and economically disadvantaged women. Clinics that would have shut their doors stayed open because of BACORR’s strategic and impassioned organizing.
THIS CLINIC IS OPEN
Starting in the late eighties, BACORR built a movement composed of more than 3,000 reproductive rights activists that stretched from San Francisco to Sacramento and Santa Cruz, and formed two sister organizations, the South Bay and Sacramento Coalition Against Operation Rescue. Through direct action, movement building and educational outreach programs, BACORR defended Bay Area and Northern California clinics. BACORR worked with the community and clinic staff and clinic patients to prioritize these clinics as critically needed health care centers that honored the value of a woman’s life, reproductive health, and equal humanity. But they are once again under threat.
A landscape in which women face the onset of their fertility with inadequate and inappropriately moralistic sex education. We see a hostile landscape in which the price of contraceptives spiral, and women are unprotected from hostile anti-choice pharmacists, who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control . Increasingly, millions and millions of young women face the onset of their sexual maturity with no health care available for the children they might bear, or for themselves. Increasingly, we see a disaster of unimaginable proportions as generations of women come into this world with their bodies held under lock and key by theocratic governments officials and their allies who cynically manipulate our fertility to expand their power and embolden their base of support. Finally, we see those same government officials and their supporters shallowly adopt the current voguish rhetoric of the “pro-life” movement, even as they simultaneously vote for ever-increasing military budgets, kill proposed environmental safeguards, and slash domestic investments.
OUR BODIES ARE ON THE LINE. SO PUT YOUR BODY ON THE LINE.
Family planning clinics, access to low and no-cost contraceptives, pharmacies working with women and their health providers, pharmaceutical companies honoring women's health by producing safe contraceptives, local, state and federal governments pushing for clean air, water and land so that women may reproduce safely- all these goals put real meaning into the term “Reproductive Rights”. A woman’s right and ability to discern her needs and to have her decisions enacted and honored by the confidential relationships between herself and her doctor lies at the very heart of reproductive freedom.
Without rights, women scramble to cover the costs of contraceptives, healthcare and abortions. Without low- to no-cost services offered by family planning clinics, only economically privileged women have the privilege known as “privacy”. Low and no-cost clinics extend this privilege to all and transform it into a right, equally accessed and equally held by all.
THIS CLINIC IS OPEN.
Our demands are based on one fundamental belief:
Women have the both right and responsibility to choose to reproduce or not, under circumstances controlled and guided solely by the urgings of their spirit and their reason.
This is not negotiable. Neither the church, nor the state, nor any person who has not been explicitly recognized by the women to be an interested party, should in any way interfere with the woman’s choice. The state’s sole function is providing the funds necessary to assist the women in enacting that choice. BACORR simultaneously defends the rights we have, as well as seeks out unsecured rights in the fight to establish full reproductive rights for every women. No human being, female or male, should have to face their fertility riddled with doubts, misunderstandings, fear and ignorance.
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL…
Low- and no-cost pre-natal testing, quality health counseling for all women, paid maternity leave, and living wages for families receiving welfare, including health insurance for mothers and their children.
CONTRACEPTIVE AND ABORTION SERVICES FOR ALL…
Low- and no cost abortions and contraceptives that are available without restriction, complete with informed choices about options and health effects. We demand that all pharmaceutical companies that manufacture chemical contraceptives practice due diligence when testing these drugs and commit never to subject women to unsafe, or untested drugs or ask them to participate in high risk drug “trials”.
AN END TO UNWARRENTED INTRUSION BY REGIONAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS FOR ALL
No parental notification/consent laws, the restoration of federally funded abortions services, the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, no coerced or involuntary sterilization AND explicit, non-moralistic sexual education for children, adolescents and adults, that includes recognition of sexual and gender diversity.
BACORR’s vision of reproductive rights and clinic safety springs directly from a history of direct action and grassroots organizing. Our model of leadership lies in the grassroots, not elected federal, state or regional officials. Thirty-two years ago, a grassroots movement began the process of articulating a roster of reproductive rights by fighting and winning, in the streets, the legal findings that made abortion legal. We must add substantially to that bedrock finding. We can do that by becoming a highly visible, and empowered community.
Elected officials did not ‘give’ us the right to control our bodies. They simply seconded our findings, and accepted the leadership we demonstrated in countless marches, protests, vigils and direct actions. Women from time immemorial have died because the process of female reproduction was dis-honored, neglected or manipulated. Every human being alive today who is descended from women who suffered through the rigors of unattended childbirth or who was subjected to a non-sterile, non-pain managed abortion. We can honor those women who gave birth and controlled their fertility under the worst circumstances by pressing ahead with newly renewed demands for the fullest expression of reproductive rights for all women. BACORR is committed to building a action-based, diverse movement, that combines the best of individual self-determination with community-sponsored initiatives and actions that prioritize and honor women’s reproductive abilities.
A multi –issue coalition made up of everyone who wants to finish the work started by women and men who fought to rescue our reproductive abilities from the hands of those least equipped to deal with them. BACORR welcomes both individuals and groups, regardless of their economic, political, religious backgrounds and traditions. Only one thing is needed to work with BACORR: a passionate belief that there is more work to be done.
Bring your ideas and your vision. Bring your diverse histories and experiences. Bring the voices of your mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers. Bring your determination. Bring yourselves