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 2012, a project to send copies of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the House and Senate.
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.
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 womens 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.
- Congress to Get Copies of Feminist Book - Orange County Register
- Educating Congress, One Book at a Time - The Commons
- Educating Congress on Women’s Health - The Epoch Times
- Congress Needs Sex Ed. Stat! - VitaminW
- Send a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Every Member of Congress - Feministing
- Women’s Health Group to Blanket Congress with Landmark Book - National Press Club
- “Our Bodies, Ourselves” Earmarked for U.S. Politicians - AFP
- Congressional Offices Getting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” - National Journal
- Reproductive Rights Groups Send Congressional Offices Copies Of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” - Think Progress
- Reproductive Rights Groups Launch Educate Congress Initiative - Ms. Magazine
- “Our Bodies, Ourselves” Book Being Sent to Every Member of Congress - Fox News/ DC
- Christy Turlington, Women’s Groups Try To Give Congress A Sex Education - U.S. News & World Report
- Every member of Congress to receive copies of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” - Washington Examiner
- Christy Turlington Wants To Educate Congress On Women’s Health - Look to the Stars
- Call to Action – Educate the Congress Initiative - Museum of Motherhood
- Groups Urge Congress To Make Science-Based Decisions on Women’s Health - The National Partnership for Women & Families Womens Health Policy Report
- Akin Roadtrip: Our Quest to Bring Sex Education to the Man Who Invented “Legitimate Rape” - Truthout
- Todd Akins Very Own Copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is Being Rush-Delivered to Him Right Now - Jezebel
- Rep. Todd Akin to Finally Receive His Sex Ed., in the Form of Book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” - NY Daily News
- Urgent Delivery of Sex-Ed Textbooks Headed Todd Akin’s Way - MSN.com
- Yes, Virginia, There Is Comprehensive Sex Ed in Missouri - Express Milwaukee
- Sex Ed Books on Way to Akin in St. Louis - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Library of Congress Has a Book for Akin - St. Louis Post-Dispatch