Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you fight for abortion rights? We believe that a woman’s ability to control all aspects of her reproductive health, including access to safe legal abortions, is a fundamental right. We support the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v Wade decision which recognizes Choice as a private matter and not one in which the government should interfere. We believe that restrictions on abortion result in the death and maiming of women. Neither restrictions nor the outright outlawing of abortion will stop women from seeking abortions. Instead they will force abortion into back alleys again. We believe that making the choice to have or not to have to an abortion can be good for families and society as a whole. Every child should be a wanted child.

How do you fight to protect reproductive rights? Choice Matters uses its ProChoice IDEA action plan (Identification, Education, and Activation of pro-choice voters) that we created in 1984. We identify voters who prefer pro-choice candidates, and add them to our data base. Our newsletter, ProChoice, our yellow Voting Guide, and other timely information tell our supporters in approximately 70,000 households (over 110,000 individuals) which candidates are pro-choice. Our supporters carry this information into the voting booths, casting their ballots only for pro-choice candidates. We also call the voters in our database and tell them who in their area we have endorsed and who we oppose. Candidates are endorsed based on their voting record and an interview with Choice Matters. This method has been proven to be extremely effective, but it’s very labor intensive! Please support our efforts.

Do you provide abortion services? Choice Matters is an advocacy group which fights for reproductive rights. We do not provide reproductive health services. Please contact your local Planned Parenthood or your healthcare provider.

What are the parental consent/notification laws per state? Many states require some sort of parental involvement in the decision to have an abortion. (!!!) Visit AGA for a chart on state laws concerning abortion. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa.html Planned Parenthood also keeps a chart of all the states which have laws concerning minors and abortion. http://www.teenwire.com/infocus/1998/if-19981201p065.php

What is mifepristone, or RU-486? Is it the same as the morning after pill? The morning after pill (also known as Emergency Contraception or Plan B) is pills that are available for people 18 years of age and older without a prescription, that you take after unprotected sex in order to prevent pregnancy. Mifepristone or RU-486 is called a medical abortion, and it is pills that you take to induce early abortions. For more information about Plan B or if you need it, visit oops-planb.com . If you need an abortion, contact your local Planned Parenthood or your healthcare provider.

Is Choice Matters a Democratic organization? No, Choice Matters is non-partisan and independent of all political parties.

I am writing a paper on abortion for school. Can you point me to some resources? Check out our Pro-Choice Papers for resources.

What happens in an abortion? Planned Parenthood has a helpful sheet on this. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/birth-control-pregnancy/abortion/procedures.htm

What is a partial birth abortion? There is no such thing as a partial birth abortion (PBA.) It is not a medical term. It is a political term invented by opponents of abortions to demonize all abortions. Opponents claim that they are trying to stop late term abortions, but in fact they are opposed to all forms of abortion. In reality, so-called PBA is a medically necessary procedure that can be performed as early as 12 weeks. These same opponents are putting laws in place that make it harder to get an early abortion, forcing women to have their procedures later. Go to the Articles page and read My Turn: I had that Now-Banned Abortion