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LWV Candidate Fair
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
Revised Calendar - 1982-83
Gubernatorial Debate
Natural Resources Committee: "The Regulators"
Congressional Leadership Debates
Olive Dille Nelson
Norma Carr Elected to Honolulu Board
Concurrence on Reproductive Choices
Membership Update
National Security Study to be Launched
Action Packed Politics - Membership Campaign Goes into High Gear (Mary Ellen Reed)
News Bits
League is Action
Talent Bank Update

Concurrence on Reproductive Choices

In November, our League will be asked to concur or not concur on the following position:

"The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that public policy in a pluralistic society must affirm the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices."

This position was reached by the Massachusetts and the New Jersey leagues after a thorough study. At National Convention, the delegate body voted to ask for a national concurrence on this position.

As it was explained at the convention, League is not asking for a moral decision on abortion. We are being asked to consider reproductive choices as citizens' rights.

"Individuals and groups, including organized religions, hold different views of the morality and permissibility of birth control and abortion. The development of a reasonable public policy on reproductive choice issues must be based on:

a historical perspective of public policy on birth control and abortion in this country,

the current status of such policy, and

the implications of any proposed changes."

(FACTS AND ISSUES, July 1982, "Public Policy on Reproductive Choices.")

Honolulu league will receive information on this prior to the concurrence in November.

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