October 24, 2013

I think this is a marvelous quote: “Justice before charity.” Pope John XXIII said that.

I’m a proud donor to the planned parenthood movement. So is my life partner, Tom. He’s a feminist and social justice advocate, too.

Reproductive justice is part of leveling the playing field for women and girls.

Here’s some amazing information:

99% of sexually active American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have used birth control at some point in their lives.

Why? So they can plan their pregnancies. Why does that matter? Planning parenthood helps you stay in school and get an education and get a job. Planning parenthood helps you take care of the children you have already. Planning parenthood can help more women run for office and then we can elect more women. Planning parenthood can help protect a woman’s health. Planning parenthood is smart for the economy and for families and for boys and men.

Here are the facts about that planning:

  • 65% of women who use contraception say the main reason they use it is because they cannot afford to take care of a baby.
  • 51% of women say that birth control use allows them to complete their education.
  • 63% of women say birth control use allows them to take better care of their families.
  • 27 million women have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by using birth control (preventative healthcare) without having to pay the co-pay. Yes, some people cannot afford to pay the co-pay!

Planning parenthood is smart. And it’s justice.

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About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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