Educate Congress – And All Public Officials

Educate Congress - Sen. Elizabether Warren

OBOS’s Judy Norsigian (left) and Diana Zuckerman of the National Center for Health Research (right) present “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Legislators frequently vote on bills that affect reproductive health, taking on difficult issues that have a very real impact on women and families, yet those bills are not always based on the best available scientific evidence. That’s why OBOS launched the successful Educate Congress campaign, in which we delivered copies of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the House and Senate. The initiative was completed in 2013 (more details below).

There’s still more work to be done. Many states have enacted laws that are harmful to women’s health, and schools around the country are promoting sex-education programs that don’t teach the facts.

What Can You Do?

Help OBOS distribute accurate, evidence-based information about girls’ and women’s sexuality and reproductive health. Donate today to send “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to state legislators, educational leaders, and other public officials involved with setting health care policy and educating youth.

Who do you think most needs a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Send in your suggestions!

Educate Congress Campaign 2012-2013

From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape is] really rare. If its a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
-Former Rep. Todd Akin

That wildly inaccurate statement sparked OBOS’s sex-ed road trip with The Ladydrawers to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to then-Rep. Todd Akin and Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri (equal-opportunity delivery!).

Akin wasn’t the only politician who had his facts wrong; a string of inaccurate comments about women’s bodies followed in the fall of 2012, prompting numerous debates on the politics of women’s healthcare.

Readers suggested sending “Our Bodies, Ourselves” — a valued resource used in healthcare clinics and academic courses across the country — to every member of Congress.

The Educate Congress campaign kicked off at the National Press Club. Funds were raised via Indiegogo with this simple premise: Everyone deserves access to accurate information concerning women’s reproductive and sexual health — especially those who write the laws.

In early 2013, OBOS delivered books to all members of the U.S. House and Senate. Judy Norsigian, OBOS founder and executive director, made a number of deliveries in person. Read about Judy’s visit to Capitol Hill, accompanied by Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, and Erin Thornton, EMC executive director.

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