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President's Message (Arlene Woo)
Rappers, Researchers, Readers, Rehashers, and Writers Needed
Workers Needed - Teamsters Local 681 Election
General Meeting - Concurrence on Reproductive Choices
Dollars and Sense (Marian Heidel)
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General Meeting
Concurrence on Public Policy
on Reproductive Choices

"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."

DATE: November 20, 1982 Saturday

PLACE: McCully-Moiliili Library 2211 S. King Street

TIME: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.


When League is in the process of formulating its position on any issue, it is vital that as many of its members as possible participate in the process. The November 20th meeting gives all Honolulu League members an opportunity to help decide whether League adopts the above stated position on the highly controversial and important issue of public policy on reproductive choices.

As reported previously in the Voter, League is not asking for a moral decision on abortion. We are being asked to consider reproductive choices as citizens' rights.

Guest speakers and resource per sons will be attorneys, Jacqui des Marets and Marguerite Simson, League member and the first State League president.

The ad hoc committee planning this meeting---Tisha Hickson, chr.; Elsie Hirai, Evelyn Char and Suzanne Meisenzahl --- has announced a tentative schedule for this meeting.

9:30 Introduction; Speakers

10:00 Questions and answers 10:15 Coffee break

10:30 Small-group discussions Concurrence taken

11:15 - 11:30 Wrap-up

Be sure to read the attached FACTS and ISSUES - PUBLIC POLICY ON REPRODUCTION to prepare for this meeting.

After the Concurrence

What happens after the Concurrence? The National Board compiles all the reports from the locals participating in the Concurrence and weighs them.

The board will interpret a vote to concur as a vote supporting the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices. Then, it decides what specific action will be taken on that position. The decision is based on careful consideration of current League priorities as well as the opportunities and necessity for action. The major issues that would be appropriate for action are found in Facts and Issues: Public Policy on Reproductive Choices.

If no concurrence is reached, The League. of Women Voters would continue to have no position on reproductive choices.

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