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Creator:Abortion Action Coalition.
Title:Abortion Action Coalition records
Call Number:M21
Volume:2.30 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection documents the founding and development of the Abortion Action Coalition. Because the Coalition worked with many other Boston area and national groups, the collection provides insight into the challenges women faced as federal and state legislators tried to curtail abortion rights. Records include Abortion Action Coalition brochures, articles on abortion and women's health issues, clippings, contact and membership lists, correspondence, flyers, "how to" media packets, information on clinics, minutes, organizing materials, pamphlets, data about abortion and women's health legislation during the 1970s, and speeches. In addition, this collection includes correspondence with, information about, reports by, and publications of other organizations working on the same issues.
Historical Abstract:The Abortion Action Coalition, a project of the Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, MA), was founded in Boston, Massachusetts in 1977 to oppose the Doyle-Flynn anti-abortion amendment, which proposed cutting state funding for abortions. The Coalition organized community activities and held discussion forums and educational meetings. The Coalition also worked with local unions and community groups to create a wider action network. Members spoke at demonstrations, on talk shows, and to other concerned groups. The original focus on abortion rights grew to encompass issues linked to women's rights, including birth control, child care, maternity leave, reproductive rights, and teenage pregnancy. The Coalition was structured into four committees: Legislative Liaison, Community and Labor Outreach, Health and Hospitals, and Media. These committees were coordinated by an elected steering committee. Most of the work was done by volunteers. The Abortion Action Coalition was a member of the Reproductive Rights National Network. The Abortion Action Coalition disbanded in 1980.
Arrangement:The collection is alphabetically arranged into four series: 1) Administration, 2) Public Relations, 3) Subject Files, and 4)Non-AAC Materials.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Abortion Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.)

  • Abortion -- Government policy -- Citizen participation
  • Pro-choice movement -- Massachusetts
  • Women's rights -- Massachusetts

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Related Materials:

Boston Women's Music Collective records (M22), Somerville (Mass.) Women's Educational Center, Inc. records (M26), Women's Educational Center (Cambridge, Mass.) records (M47)

A microfilmed version of the Abortion Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.) records is located in the Archives Faculty Publications Collection filed under Grassroots Feminist Organizations.

Processor: Finding aid prepared by Jane Fitzpatrick, November 1993; updated by Anna J. Cook, July 2010.