Wednesday, June 12, 2013
First Baptist Church, 19
West Main Street, Moorestown, NJ
The church is across from TD Bank; please use
the side entrance of the church, nearest to Carl's Shoes.
NOTE: for the JUNE MEETING ONLY, attendees should park in the usual parking lot but should enter
via the front door instead of the side door.
Please park in the municipal lot behind the
shoestore and the shopping center.
Reproductive Health Care for the Very Young and its Challenges
Why does the U.S. still have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates compared to other nations, despite the recent decline in the number of teen pregnancies? Why is the incidence of sexually transmitted infections still increasing in our teen population? Why is there a delay of a year or two before a sexually active teen obtains gynecologic care? Why do we still believe that providing our teens with appropriate reproductive education and contraception will just encourage them to "go out and have sex?" Why don't we start reproductive health education in the middle schools?
Many teens and young adults don't have a clear and accurate understanding of their own genital anatomy. Why are we still hesitant to have frank discussions about sexuality with our children and teens? There are still many cultural barriers that need to be broken down before we can approach these topics openly and honestly, at an age appropriate level. Until we, as a society can accomplish this, we will not be empowering our teens by giving them the tools they need to make safe and wise decisions regarding sexuality. We also need to empower parents to talk openly with their daughters about sexuality without resorting to using fear to control behavior. We need to learn to have these conversations with being judgmental.
The Affordable Care Act of 2010 finally addresses the basic reproductive health care needs of girls, teens, and women. In addition to defining what should be covered in routine reproductive health care, the law ensures that women will receive a comprehensive set of preventive services without having to pay a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. So we can now provide services to decrease the teen pregnancy rate, decrease the incidence of sexually transmitted infections, and provide counseling on these subjects to more teens and women.
Dr. Kaufman, a member of South Jersey NOW, is also Clinical Assoc. Professor of OB/GYN at Thomas Jefferson Medical School. She has often been named a "Top Doc" by SJ Magazine and is highly regarded by several chapter members who are her patients. Please plan to attend this fascinating presentation and discussion.
Meetings include speaker, refreshments,
announcments and letter-writing activity.
Meetings open to members and nonmembers.
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGEby Norma Blake, President
Twelve energetic, enthusiastic South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul Chapter members came together on April 20 to craft a strategic plan for the next 12 to 18 months. We were assisted by Loretta Lynch, a trained facilitator, who is a chapter member as well as President of the Burlington County League of Women Voters.
The group was asked to think back to when and why they first joined the chapter and communicate what kept them coming back. They then voiced their beliefs and values regarding women that were rewritten as goal areas. Of the six national NOW goals, three (economic/social justice and reproductive rights and violence against women) were viewed as do-able and desirable goal areas for this time period. The members then came up with their favorite ongoing chapter activities or new ideas for activities to carry out these goals. The same process was used to identify the elements of a strong organization and the activities that could support and strengthen our chapter.
In the next Equal Write issue, we will describe the activities we hope to complete and ask for your help on teams such as PR, outreach, communications, membership, fundraising and skill sharing. Please help South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul chapter continue to be one of the strongest and most vibrant chapters in New Jersey.
HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH SOUTH JERSEY NOW TODAY?
BECOME A MEMBER!
See membership forms link at left, sliding scale available.
MAKE A DONATION!
To donate via mail, please send a check made payable to:
SJ NOW-Alice Paul Chapter, PO Box 2801, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
To donate via PayPal, click here:
VOLUNTEER TO ESCORT at a local women's center!
Contact the chapter email or call the chapter phone at 856-778-8320.
CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR OF EVENTS!
See link at left.
SHOP ONLINE WITH THE IGIVE.COM shopping window!
Support SJ NOW by purchasing items you normally buy online.
For more details on how to become an iGive.com user, see below.
Do you love to shop on the internet? Here's how you can help the chapter every time you buy online:
Use our chapter joinlink to
sign up for iGive.com. SJ NOW Join Link
Then download the iGive.com
shopping window Shopping
Window Download and percentages of your
purchases will automatically go to the chapter every time you shop
online! No need to login to a website or
fuss around with passwords. The shopping window will automatically pop up
when you enter an online store
and your purchases will be recorded! Barnes & Noble,
LandsEnd and 1800Flowers, are just a few examples
of the participating online stores. See a list of the many online
participating stores here: Merchant List
Note, you must register with
iGive.com first for the shopping window link above to work. To access the
window download through the iGive
website, first register, then click on the "shopping" link
in the left-hand column,
and then click on "shop through the iGive.com shopping window"
and you'll be directed to the download. iGive.com
is compatible with most browsers and operating systems.
WOMEN'S INFORMATION NETWORK OF NEW JERSEY (WIN-NJ)
The Women's Information Network of New Jersey (WIN-NJ) was made possible through a grant from the Women's Agenda
of New Jersey. WIN-NJ provides an online database of women's organizations within the state that deal with issues of
particular relevance to women's social, political, economic, educational, and legal advancement. This project was developed
to help promote and facilitate effective communication within the women's organizational community on these issues.
The database is accessible through API's website and provides links to each
organization. It is available in three formats:
by area of subject expertise, alphabetically as a .pdf file, and
alphabetically as an Excel spreadsheet that can be sorted
by various fields. Information provided for each organization includes,
where available, the organization's name, address,
phone, fax, e-mail, website, principal contact and title, and up to three
areas of subject expertise.
DIVORCE INFORMATION KITS FOR $10!
South Jersey NOW-Alice Paul Chapter's Divorce Information Kits are now
available at the reduced price of $10.00. If you, a
loved one or a friend are facing a potential divorce and need more
information about your rights and what to expect in the
process, then this kit will be extremely helpful. To order one today, please
call 856-552-6731 or you can purchase one at the
monthly program meeting.