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You can also request meetings with your Senator or Representative when he is back in the state of district. You can organize your group to meet with them and often these meetings can be very effective as the member is away from Washington and usually more relaxed and attentive to your problem.
Finally, if you want to testify before a congressional committe, you can ask the office of your member of Congress to put you in touch with the appropriate committee staff member. This is especially important if the chairman of the committee in question is not from your state.
To Testify before a Congressional Committee
IF YOU WISH TO TESTIFY in favor of a bill, contact the bill's sponsor and make arrangements with him or his staff for your testimony. If you wash to testify against a bill, make similar arrangements with the Committee Chairman or with another member of that committee that shares your views. In either case, be sure that your testimony is written out in a neat form. You should have enough copies to supply each member of the committee-di, if: you do not know the number, make at least 20 copies. Have the copies agailable before your appearance.
Keep in mind the following points:
1. Favorable committee action is necessary before a bill reaches
the floor of the Senate or House,
2. Keep your testimony short and to the point. Allow time for
questions, If possible, talk to members before the meeting
3. Members who share your views may be willing to examine op
posing witnesses using questions you have prepared. (This
4. A day before your appearance, check to be sure that no changes
have been made in agenda or time and place of meeting.
5. Remember-- you are trying to persuade the committee to vote
for your position. Avoid testimony or conduct that kill out-
This kind of lobbying should
COMMITTEE ACTION IS VERY IMPORTANT. have a high priority.
Live Births, U.S.A.
..3,141,000 (about 8600 per day)* Deaths
.1,977,000 (about 500 per day, Increase, "natural" ..........1,164,000 (about 3200 per day) Immigration (estimated)
348,000 (about 950 per day) Total increase
..1,512,000 (about 4150 per day) Total U.S. Population..........January 1, 1974 211, 216,000 Marriages
2,269,000 Divorces (about 37%)
.15 per 1000 people
per 1030 population
4.4 per 1000 population
World Research for Contraception in 1973...... $26,700,000.
(This is about the cost of two miles of superhighway.) Child Abuse, reported cases in the U.S. about 60,000 annually. Children unwanted, born in the U.S.
165 per day per day
Cost to the state for welfare cases:
Contraceptive service, average ....$66 per year
. $200 per year
Mother and child - for 18 years ...$54,000
New Cumberland, Pa. 1974)
Results of GALLOP POLL:
(Actual question: Do you favor a law
May 1971 50%
* for the whole earth, about 200,000 per day
Results of HARRIS SURVEY:
permitting abortion for al.
most any reason?
Court decision making
Number answering "yes"
June, 1970 40% (ques.l)
This data plotted
on Curve No. I
Maternal Deaths per 1000 Births, in New York City: 1969 (prior to legal abortion
5.3 1970 (abortion legal in July)
2.9 1972 (lowest ever recorded)
2.6 This data plotted on Curve No. II
Children Born to Welfare Families in New York City 1970
...25,481 (all-time high) 1972
.........19,792 Estimated saving in 2-yr. period, $15,000,000 (See Graph III)
.22 (See Graph IV)
#1 PUBLIC OPINION
on the Right to Pregnancy Termination
Maternal Deaths Per 10,000 Births
4 Abortion Rights Law Passed in New York