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Women’s Health Resources

Pregnancy Decision-Making

Pregnancy Options Provides accurate, unbiased information on all pregnancy options to help with your decision-making through a very helpful guide, Pregnancy Options Workbook.  This site also provides information about your abortion options (surgical vs. medical with RU486), adoption, childbirth, parenting and more.

You are a Good Woman A pregnancy decision brings up many thoughts and feelings, about your future, your family and children, your relationship, your education and career, as well as morality, spirituality, and sexuality.  This is the Abortion Care Network‘s important reminder that you are trying to do the best you can for all concerned, including a potential child.

All Options A Talkline that offers a free, confidential and nonjudgmental space for people to talk about experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. The volunteer Talkline Advocates can be reached at 1.888.493.0092

Imagine Counseling Pro-choice abortion counseling (before & after) by telephone that can help guide you to the choices that you decide are best.  There is an introductory abortion telephone-counseling hour for $25.

A Guide to Making the Right Decision For You The National Abortion Federation created this booklet to help you to think about some of the feelings and reactions you might be having. This is to help you decide which option is best for you, given your unique situation.

Men & Abortion Information that will be helpful to men prior, during, and after abortion experiences, and to those who care for them.

Abortion Options & Information

Abortion: Which Method is Right for Me? Accurate, unbiased information on the abortion method options you have.  Provides clear descriptions of both surgical and medication abortion, as well as a comparison chart, to help you determine which method is best for you.

Early Option Pill The manufacturer of Mifeprex, the abortion pill, provides information to help you determine if this method is right for you.

CANADIAN Abortion Information:

Surgical & Medical Abortion in Canada Information about abortion laws in Canada.  Further links will take you to more specific information about surgical abortion & medication abortion in Canada.

Post-Abortion

You are a Good Woman A pregnancy decision brings up many thoughts and feelings, about your future, your family and children, your relationship, your education and career, as well as morality, spirituality, and sexuality.  This is the Abortion Care Network‘s important reminder that you are trying to do the best you can for all concerned, including a potential child. 

All Options (formerly Backline) A Talkline that offers a free, confidential and nonjudgmental space for people to talk about experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. The volunteer Talkline Advocates can be reached 24 hours a day at 1.888.493.0092.

Imagine Counseling – Pro-choice abortion counseling (before & after) by telephone that can help guide you to the choices that you decide are best.  There is an introductory abortion telephone-counseling hour for $25.

Peace After Abortion This comprehensive site is based on the book Peace After Abortion. Although most women who have abortions do not experience negative feelings, some women do. You will find information here to help you understand the origin of your emotional and spiritual pain. You will also find the stories of other women who have experienced difficulties after an abortion.

Religion & Abortion

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice The national community of religious and spiritual people, denominations, and organizations from all faith traditions dedicated to achieving reproductive justice.

Faith Aloud The Religious and Ethical Voice for Reproductive Justice. They offer free counseling by phone with specially trained counselors that are clergy and religious counselors of many different faiths.  You may call 1-888-717-5010 to set up an appointment with one of their counselors.

Catholics for Choice CFC works in the United States and internationally to ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable reproductive healthcare services and to infuse our core values into public policy, community life and Catholic social thinking and teaching.

National Council of Jewish Women A faith-based volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families and to ensure individual rights and freedoms are safeguarded.

Unitarian Universalist Association The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations affirms the worth and dignity of every person as well as the goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and thus affirms the access to family planning and reproductive health care including birth control, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education and abortion.

Religion & Spirituality The Pregnancy Options Workbook has a section dedicated to helping you understand and work through your spiritual and religious concerns.

Religious Institute The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

Adoption Resources

Northland’s Adoption Program, a partnership with Mary Addison, a Lansing-based family law practitioner, and Choice Network Adoption Agency.

Choice Network Adoption Agency, Choice Network specializes in ensuring there is a process in place for women to create a plan for their unexpected pregnancy and profiling families in a raw, true way. We are also experts in creating powerful open adoptions..

Mary Addison, a Lansing-based family practice attorney, with many years of experience with adoption and foster care.

Miscarriage, Fetal Anomaly and Pregnancy Loss

Holding Our Space To honor the reproductive stories that have passed through our lives: infertility, miscarriage, termination for medical reasons, stillbirth, infant death, and loss through abortion or adoption.

A Heartbreaking Choice This website supports women who have made the "Heartbreaking Choice" to terminate a much wanted pregnancy. For those who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to a poor prenatal diagnosis, problems with their own health, or for the health of another fetus (selective reduction), or other medical reasons, we are here for you.

HopeXchange offers a wealth of information for those who have been impacted by the grief of pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death.

Infertility

Infertility Education This website provides information on first steps for couples who are experiencing problems bearing a child and are starting to explore information and options.

Fertility Plus A non-profit website for patient information on trying to conceive. The majority of content you'll find on our site is not written by fertility "professionals", but rather people just like you - women who are trying to get pregnant.

Infertility Resources This website provides extensive information about IVF, ICSI, infertility clinics, donor egg and surrogacy services (e.g., surrogate mothers), tubal reversal doctors, vasectomy reversal doctors, natural infertility treatment, male infertility services, sperm banks, pharmacies, infertility books and videotapes, sperm testing, infertility support, and drugs and medications,

Resolve- The National Infertility Association Dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act.

Birth Control/Emergency Contraception

Bedsider- an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider is totally independent and the info on it is honest and unbiased.

Which Contraceptive is a chart created by The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals that offers easy-to-read and understand information on all contraception methods.

Plan B One Step will tell you more about Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, or emergency contraception.

The Emergency Contraception Website The mission of The Emergency Contraception Website is to increase women's knowledge about and timely access to emergency contraception and other reproductive health choices, both in the United States and abroad.

Just for Teens

Mom, Dad, I’m Pregnant Mom, Dad I'm Pregnant is a project of ACN that helps young people and their parents communicate effectively.

It's Your Sex Life is MTV’s and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s public information campaign. The campaign focuses on reducing unintended pregnancy, preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, and open communication with partners and healthcare providers.

Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website.

Sex, Etc. is on a mission to improve teen sexual health across the country! We’ve helped teens with answers to their question about sex, relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more!

Stay Teen Informational resources and community activities to help prevent teen and unintended pregnancy. Sponsored by the National Campaign to prevent Teen and Unintended Pregnancy. Provides factual, unbiased, and open to a variety of viewpoints on these very sensitive issues.

Advocates for Youth Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health, focusing its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.

Teen Dating Violence Recognize the signs of dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence and seek help for yourself or for your friends experiencing violence.

Sexually Transmitted Infection/HIV/AIDS

The Body Information about HIV/AIDS, including FAQs and an “ask the experts” feature.

www.AIDS.org -The mission of AIDS.ORG is to help prevent HIV infections and to improve the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS by providing education and facilitating the free and open exchange of knowledge at an easy-to-find centralized website.

Greater Than AIDS and its partners work to increase knowledge and understanding and confront the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, while promoting actions to stem its spread.

Get Tested The National HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Testing Resources Web site is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Web site provides users with locations for HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing and STD and hepatitis vaccines around the United States.

Center for Disease Control STD page

American Sexual Health Association promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.

CDC-INFO Center for Disease Control’s contact center. Call 1-800-CDC-INFO begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (1-800-232-4636 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting e1-888-232-6348 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting TTY) Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM, in English and Spanish; counselors available to answer questions about personal health issues, including HIV and other STDs.

HPV Vaccine

Information about Gardasil Merck, the drug company that manufactures Gardasil offers information on their web site

Know HPV Another site developed by Merck, targeted to young adults and parents with information about HPV and Gardasil.

Women’s Health

The Guttmacher Institute An institute seeking to advance sexual and reproductive health through research, policy analysis and public education.

Feminist Women’s Health Centers has a vision of a world where all women freely make their own decisions regarding their bodies, reproduction and sexuality -- a world where women can fulfill their own unique potential and live healthy whole lives.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States provides education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.

National Women's Health Information Center a service of the Office on Women’s Health in the department of health and human services, provides a gateway to the vast array of Federal and other women’s health information resources.

The National Women’s Health Information Center: Minority Women’s Health A website to help you learn about the most common health risks and concerns of minority women.

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute provides comprehensive cancer prevention, screening, diagnostics, treatment and supportive care to more than 10,000 new patients each year.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) Through the Michigan Department of Community Health, low-income women now have access to life-saving cancer screening services and follow-up care, including cancer treatment if that should be needed.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) is a collaborative research group and “think tank” at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Our mission is to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence through multi-disciplinary research, training and advocacy.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women’s health through advocacy, education, and research.

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence

RAINN The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board information for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Stalking Resource Center If you need immediate assistance, the Victim Connect Helpline provides information and referrals for victims of all crime and can be reached at 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846). 

Uniting Three Fires Against Violence is Michigan’s statewide tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition serving the Tribes located in Michigan. The mission is to support Michigan Tribes in promoting the social change necessary to address the disproportionate rates of violence impacting our communities.

Michigan Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is a fabulous resource with a lot of information on sexual assault and services across the state and nation. Click here for their resource page. Call their 24-hour Crisis Line: (734) 936-3333.

HAVEN House- HAVEN’s residential program is Oakland County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter exclusively for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children. If you need a place to go, call our Crisis and Support Line at 248-334-1274, or chat live with us online.

First Step First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County, Michigan. First Step is the only non-profit agency in Wayne County providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Turning Point provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence Turning Point opened with a 15-bed shelter and 24-hour crisis line. The shelter can only be accessed through our 24-hour crisis line at 586-463-6990.

Michigan Organizations

ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) has been serving the community for more than 40 years. Founded by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1971 out of a storefront in Dearborn’s impoverished south end, ACCESS was created to assist the Arab immigrant population adapt to life in the United States.

Michigan Women’s Foundation Michigan Women’s Foundation is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for Michigan’s women and girls through philanthropy and investment.

Progressive Abortion-Reproductive Justice-Women’s Rights Organizations

RECLAIM is committed to supporting women who choose abortion, encouraging communities to recognize the moral agency of women to make the decision whether or not to parent, and to challenge harmful policies, laws, and proposed legislation that would otherwise increase the barriers and stigma around abortion care. Reclaim is the home of the MIWIN Fund, an abortion fund for women in Michigan.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women – provides legal assistance and awareness of the many ways governments intrude on women’s pregnancy decisions and pregnancies.

Trust Black Women The mission of the Trust Black Women Partnership is to develop strong network of African American women organizations and individuals mobilized to defend our human right to make abortion and family planning decisions for ourselves. We work to counter the growing anti-abortion movement in African American community and defeat race- and gender-based campaigns and legislation that limits abortion access for Black women.

In Our Voice In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda will focus on abortion rights and access, contraceptive equity and comprehensive sex education as our key policy issues. For us, Reproductive Justice is the human right to control our bodies, our sexuality, our gender, our work and our reproduction. That right can only be achieved when all women

and girls have the complete economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, our families, and our communities in all areas of our lives. It is this vision that propels this new initiative.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an organization with hundreds of chapters throughout the country. Their stated purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. You can find your local MI chapter by clicking here.

LGBTQ Focused Health Links

Gender Diversity increases the awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions.

The Trevor Project the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

LGBT Healthlink is a community-driven network of experts and professionals looking to enhance LGBT health by reducing tobacco-, cancer-, and other health-disparities within our communities. We are one of eight CDC-funded tobacco and cancer disparity networks.

The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program’s mission is to conduct translational research that improves the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

News & Blogs

Crunk Feminist Collective The CFC aims to articulate a crunk feminist consciousness for women and men of color, who came of age in the Hip Hop Generation, by creating a community of scholars-activists from varied professions, who share our intellectual work in online blog communities, at conferences, through activist organizations, and in print publications and who share our commitment to nurturing and sustaining one another through progressive feminist visions.

Black Girl Dangerous BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color.

Rewire Rewire is a nonprofit daily online publication. We seek to foster public knowledge and enlightenment through high-quality evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice.

The Root The Root is the premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers.

Everyday Feminism Everyday Feminism seeks to support caring individuals and communities who see every person, including ourselves, as full human beings who deserve to be free to pursue our own happiness and meaning in life.

For Harriet For Harriet is an online community for women of African ancestry. We encourage women, through storytelling and journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. We aspire to educate, inspire, and entertain.

Mic Mic’s approach to news is as unique as our generation. Young people will define the future and we deserve a news outlet that offers quality coverage tailored to us. We are hungry for news that keeps us informed and helps us make sense of the world.

Feminist Frequency is a not-for-profit educational organization that analyzes modern media’s relationship to societal issues such as gender, race, and sexuality. Our videos encourage viewers to critically engage with mass media.

Viva La Feminista Viva la Feminista is a blog written by Veronica I. Arreola, who is trying to navigate and understand the intersection between feminism, motherhood and her Latinadad. Veronica is a respected member of the Chicago and national feminist community having worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Women Employed and the National Organization for Women.