Abortion Rights Association of Illinois records
MSARAI76

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Abortion Rights Association of Illinois.
Title
Abortion Rights Association of Illinois records
ID
MSARAI76
Date [inclusive]
1963-1976
Extent
8.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The records of Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion, later the Abortion Rights Association of Illinois document their efforts to change Illinois abortion law in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Preferred Citation

Abortion Rights Association of Illinois records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Note

The Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion (ICMCA) was established in December 1966 with the belief that, "all laws concerning abortion performed by licensed physician be repealed and that abortion be governed by the general laws regulating licensure and practice... that abortion remain a crime if performed by a person not duly licensed to practice medicine."

Dr. Lonny Myers, who wrote and spoke extensively about abortion and sexual health, served as the first Chair of ICMCA before joining the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws. The First Unitarian Church at 57th and Woodlawn provided office space for ICMCA in Fenn House at 5638 South Woodlawn. Drawing membership from the Chicago and downstate areas, ICMCA membership included lawyers, local politicians, state legislators, medical professionals and members of the clergy. Barbara Siegel Kahn of Barbara's Books acted as Chair of the Public Relations Committee. Myers was followed by the Episcopal minister the Revered Don. C. Shaw, Chicago lawyer Ralph Brown, and the Reverend E. Spencer Parsons as ICMCA chairs.

ICMCA worked for abortion law repeal. Their efforts included letter writing campaigns to Illinois state representatives, raising public awareness through a speakers' bureau, with their representatives appearing on local TV and Radio in the late 1960s, and working with other like-minded organizations. ICMCA organized the "First National Conference on Abortion Laws/Modification or Repeal?" in February 1969. Members participated in other abortion conferences, including the Kennedy International Conference on Abortion (1967) and provided testimony for family health legislative commissions. ICMCA communicated with individuals and organizations across the country and drew some national recognition, including a $5,000 donation from Hugh Hefner and the Playboy Foundation.

By 1976 the group had become the Abortion Rights Association of Illinois, headed by Director Helen Smith.

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion (ICMCA) document its effort to repeal abortion laws in the state of Illinois. Later to become the Abortion Rights Association of Illinois the ICMCA collection includes internal records as well as those documenting its legislative activities, member events and contribution to abortion conferences and commissions. Includes files of news articles and subject files on the abortion views of other organizations and the legal status of abortion outside Illinois.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives December 01, 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Abortion Rights Association of Illinois. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Abortion -- Government policy -- Illinois.
  • Chicago Community Organizations.
  • Midwest Women's History.
  • Pro-choice movement -- Illinois.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Internal Records 

Sub-series A: Administrative Records 

Box Folder

Book list, 1967 

1 1

Instructions, 1967-1968 

1 2

ICMCA Minutes, 1967-1969 

1 3

Internal Revenue: Records, up to 1968 

1 4

Position Statements Correspondence, 1968-1969 

1 5

Procedures for ICMCA Office, 1968-1969 

1 6

Fund Raising, 1968-1969 

1 7

Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion: Budget Proposal, 1969 

2 8

Financial Relations Board, Inc. Account and Correspondence, 1969 

2 9

Historical, undated 

2 10

Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion Membership Blanks, undated 

2 11

LISTS-ACTIVE Xerox - Original [Miscellaneous Communications], undated 

2 12

Originals for Future Xeroxing [Miscellaneous Communications], undated 

2 13

Papers submitted by Students, undated 

2 14

Human Rights and Women's Rights, undated 

2 15

Sub-series B: Correspondence 

Box Folder

MEDICO Misc. Letters, 1965-1967 

3 16

Letters, Organizations, 1966-1968 

3 17

Correspondence - General, 1967-1968 

3 18

Organization Letters Replies ICMCA, 1967-1969 

3 19

Correspondence General, 1968 

3 20

Business Correspondence, 1968 

3 21

Request for Material, 1968 

3 22

Correspondence - Misc., 1968-1975 

3 23

MEMOS Communication: Shaw, Don ICMCA, 1969 

3 24

Correspondence, 1969 

3 25

Correspondence, 1969 

4 26

Correspondence, 1969-1970 

4 27

Correspondence, 1970-1971 

4 28

Correspondence, 1970-1971 

4 29

Correspondence Requests for info. and Replies, 1970-1971 

4 30

Inter-Organization Correspondence ICMCA, 1970-1971 

4 31

Sub-series A: Communications and Mailings 

Box Folder

Illinois Citizens for the Medical Control of Abortion Intro. Letter Mailing, 1966 

5 32

Original M.D. Letter (ICMCA), 1966 

5 33

Newsletter #1, 1967 

5 34

Newsletter #2, 1967 

5 35

Newsletter #3, 1967 

5 36

Newsletter #4, 1968 

5 37

ICMCA Journal # 5, 1968 

5 38

ICMCA Journal #6, 1968 

5 39

Press Releases, 1970 

5 40

News Releases 1970-1971 

5 41

January 22 Publicity, 1976 

5 42

Newsletter [drafts], undated 

5 43

Newsletter [drafts], undated 

5 44

Brochure - Early Draft, undated 

5 45

Sample Letters [legislators], undated 

5 46

Pamphlets, Brochures, undated 

5 47

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Series II: Events and Activities 

Sub-series A: Publications, public activities, event planning 

Box Folder

Speaking Engagements - Past, 1967-1969 

6 48

Dinner, 1969 

6 49

Carbondale, IL, 1969 

6 50

Edwardsville East St. Louis, 1969 

6 51

Moline, Rock Island, 1969 

6 52

Peoria, IL, 1969 

6 53

Rockford, 1969 

6 54

Requests to Speak - Future, 1969-1970 

6 55

PLANS FOR ACTION, 1970 

6 56

Workshops and Activities for 1970 Campaign, 1970 

6 57

ICMCA. Abortion, a Private Concern, undated 

6 58

IL Abortion Law Should be Repealed, undated 

6 59

ICMCA Babies Cost Money!, undated 

6 60

ICMCA Collage on Abortion Letters, undated 

6 61

ICMCA Fact Sheet - Legal Status of Abortion, undated 

6 62

ICMCA. Graphic Sheet on Abortion, undated 

6 63

Sub-series B: Legal/Legislative Records 

Box Folder

IL Abortion Law, 1967-? 

7 64

Testimony, Family Study Commission, 1968 

7 65

Legal, 1968 

7 66

Rayson, Leland. [article by state representative], 1968 

7 67

Rayson, Leland. House Bill 634, 1969 

7 68

Testimony, Public Welfare Committee [Lonny Myers], 1969 

7 69

Testimony, Family Study Commission [Lonny Myers], 1969 

7 70

Legislator Letter, 1969 

7 71

Answers - Representatives, 1969 

7 72

Testimony, Senate Judiciary Committee [Lonny Myers], 1969-1970 

7 73

Legislature - Ill., undated 

7 74

Legislative Workshop [ARA], undated 

7 75

Act to Amend Section 16A, undated 

7 76

Packwood, Senator Robert [tax legislation], undated 

7 77

IL Family Study Commission, Recommendations to, undated 

7 78

Sub-series C: Abortion Conferences 

Box Folder

Kennedy International Conference on Abortion, 1967 

8 79

The Right of the Fetus to be Born [conference paper; International Conference on Abortion], 1967 

8 80

University of Chicago Conference, 1968 

8 81

University of Chicago Conference, Conference Papers, 1968 

8 82

University of Chicago Conference, Conference Papers, 1968 

8 83

California Conference on Abortion, 1968 

8 84

First National Conference on Abortion: Modification or Repeal?, 1969 

8 85

Requests for Speeches from National Conference, 1969 

8 86

National Conference Speeches, 1969 

8 87

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Series III: Subject Files. 

Sub-series A: Other Abortion Organizations 

Box Folder

Abortion Reform Association, 1969-1969 

9 88

Abortion Rights Association, 1969 

9 89

Association for the Study of Abortion - Correspondence, 1966-1968 

9 90

Association for the Study of Abortion - Publication lists, newsletters, 1966-1968 

9 91

Association for the Study of Abortion - Board Correspondence, 1968 

9 92

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, 1968 

9 93

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, 1968 

9 94

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, 1968 

9 95

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, 1968 

9 96

Association for the Study of Abortion - Analysis of Abortion Laws, 1969 

9 97

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, Correspondence, 1969 

9 98

Association for the Study of Abortion - Article Reprints, 1969 

9 99

Association for the Study of Abortion - Newsletter, 1969 

9 100

Association for the Study of Abortion - Pamphlets, undated 

9 101

California Committee on Therapeutic Abortion - Newsletter, 1969 

10 102

Clergy and Lay Advocates for Hospital Abortion Performance, 1970 

10 103

National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws - Communications, 1969 

10 104

National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws - Newsletter, 1970 

10 105

National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws - Planning Committee, undated 

10 106

National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws - National Abortion Laws, undated 

10 107

Society for Humane Abortion - Newsletter - News clippings, publications, 1970 

10 108

Women's Abortion Coalition, 1971-1972 

10 109

Sub-series B: Other Abortion Rights Organizations 

Box Folder

National Organizations - Positions on Abortion Law, 1968 

11 110

Allerton Commission, 1968 

11 111

American Association of Medical Assistants, 1968 

11 112

American Association of University Women, IL Division, 1970 

11 113

American Civil Liberties Union, 1970 

11 114

Americans for Democratic Action, 1966-1967 

11 115

American Law Institute, undated 

11 116

American Medical Association - Human Reproduction Commission, 1965-1967 

11 117

American Protestant Hospital Association, 1970 

11 118

Association for Voluntary Sterilization, 1969 

11 119

American Public Health Association, 1968 

11 120

Baptist, 1968-1969 

11 121

Business Executives Move for Peace in Vietnam, 1970 

11 122

Catholic Position, 1966-1967 

11 123

Catholic Articles and Publications, 1967-1968 

11 124

Catholic Attitudes, 1968 

11 125

Chicago Hospital Council, 1965 

11 126

Citizens Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1968 

11 127

City Club, 1967-1968 

11 128

Council of Medical Service, undated 

11 129

Hugh Moore Fund, undated 

11 130

Humanist Student Union, 1966-1970 

11 131

Illinois Association of Maternal and Child Health, 1967-1968 

11 132

Illinois Bar Association, 1967 

11 133

Illinois State Medical Society, 1966 

11 134

Illinois State Medical Society, 1968 

12 135

Illinois State Medical Society, undated 

12 136

Judaism, 1965 

12 137

Medical Committee for Human Rights, undated 

12 138

New York Academy of Medicine, 1966 

12 139

New Yorkers for Abortion Law Repeal, undated 

12 140

New York Civil Liberties Union, 1966 

12 141

Northern Illinois Conference of United Methodist Church, 1969-1970 

12 142

Organizations for Abortion Law Reform, 1968 

12 143

Pediatric Position on Abortion, 1967 

12 144

Planned Parenthood, 1968 

12 145

Planned Parenthood, 1969 

12 146

Psychiatric Position on Abortion, 1966 

12 147

Psychiatric Position on Abortion, 1966-1968 

12 148

Psychiatric Position on Abortion, 1967 

12 149

Psychiatric Aspects of Abortion, undated 

12 150

Psychologists for Social Action, undated 

12 151

Protestantism, 1967 

12 152

Ripon Society, 1970 

12 153

Unitarians, 1966-1967 

12 154

Unitarians, 1968 

12 155

Washington State Medical Association, 1969 

12 156

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Chicago, 1969 

12 157

Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 1969 

12 158

YWCA, 1969 

12 159

Zero Population Growth, Inc.1969-1970 

12 160

Sub-series C: States and Other Countries 

Box Folder

Summary of State Abortion Laws, 1969 

13 161

Checklist of Abortion Laws in the US, 1969-1970 

13 162

Abortion Laws, 1969 

13 163

California, 1967-69 

13 164

California, 1967-69 

13 165

California, 1968 

13 166

California - Abortion Classes, undated 

13 167

Colorado, 1969 

13 168

Connecticut, 1967-1968 

13 169

Florida, 1969 

13 170

Georgia, undated 

13 171

Maryland, 1969-1969 

13 172

Minnesota, 1968-1969 

13 173

Nevada, 1969-1969 

13 174

New York, 1968-1969 

13 175

Ohio, 1967 

13 176

Oklahoma, 1969 

13 177

Oregon, 1969 

13 178

Pennsylvania, 1970 

13 179

Canada, undated 

13 180

England, 1967 

13 181

Japan, undated 

13 182

Sweden, 1967 

13 183

Sweden, undated 

13 184

Eastern Europe, 1967 

13 185

Sub-series D: Subject Files 

Box Folder

Abortion, 1963-1964 

14 186

Sermon, 1964 

14 187

Abortion, Birth Control, 1964-1968 

14 188

Abortion, Birth Control, Population, 1964-1969 

14 189

American Indians, Adoption, 1965 

14 190

Therapeutic Abortion, 1965 

14 191

Therapeutic Abortion, 1965 

14 192

Abortion, Law, 1965 

14 193

Population, 1965-1976 

14 194

Abortion Views, 1966 

14 195

Abortion Statistics, 1966 

14 196

Sermon on Margaret Sanger, 1966 

14 197

Hospital Policy, 1966 

14 198

Abortion, Medicine, 1966 

14 199

Abortion, W.J. Bryan Henrie, 1966-1967 

14 200

Abortion, Family Planning, Medicine, 1966-1968 

14 201

Birth Control, 1966-1968 

14 202

Abortion, Law, 1967 

14 203

Abortion, Religion, 1967 

14 204

Abortion, Hospitals, 1967 

14 205

Abortion, 1967 

14 206

Population Control, Religion, 1967 

14 207

Post-natal Care, 1967 

14 208

Abortion, 1967 

15 209

Abortion, Religion, Law, 1967 

15 210

Abortion, Birth Control, Women's Liberation, Ethics, 1967-1970 

15 211

Abortion, 1968 

15 212

Abortion, Unwanted Pregnancy, 1968 

15 213

Genetics, 1968 

15 214

Abortion, Birth Control, Bill Baird, 1968 

15 215

Unwanted Pregnancy, 1968 

15 216

Abortion, 1968 

15 217

Birth Control, 1968 

15 218

Population Control, 1968 

15 219

Abortion Counseling, 1968 

15 220

Abortion, Law, 1968 

15 221

Abortion, Law, 1968 

15 222

Birth Control, Bill Baird, 1968 

15 223

Medicine, Ethics, 1968 

15 224

Foster Children, 1968 

15 225

Abortion, Law, 1968 

15 226

Abortion, Unwanted Pregnancy, Medicine, Law, 1968-1969 

15 227

Abortion, Lonny Myers, Law, 1968-1969 

15 228

Abortion, 1968-1970 

15 229

Abortion - articles from Playboy Magazine, 1968-1971 

15 230

Abortion - articles from Playboy Magazine, 1970-1971 

15 231

Abortion, Abortion Counseling, 1969 

15 232

Law, Terminology, 1969 

15 233

Abortion, Homosexuality, 1969 

16 234

Abortion, Law, Oklahoma, 1969 

16 235

Abortion, Law, 1969 

16 236

Non-hospital Abortion, 1969 

16 237

Abortion, editorial, 1969 

16 238

Abortion Law Repeal, 1970 

16 239

Abortion, Medicine, 1970 

16 240

Abortion Polls and Surveys, 1970 

16 241

Roy Lucas, 1970 

16 242

Environment, Population, 1970 

16 243

Abortion, Religion, 1970 

16 244

Abortion, Law, 1970 

16 245

Abortion, 1970 

16 246

Unwanted Pregnancy, 1970 

16 247

Abortion, 1970 

16 248

Abortion, State Laws, 1970 

16 249

Abortion Method, 1970 

16 250

Abortion, Sex Education, 1970-1971 

16 251

Abortion, Law, Religion, 1970-1975 

16 252

Federal Abortion Report, 1972 

16 253

Abortion Law Reform, undated 

16 254

Abortion, Civil Rights, undated 

16 255

Abortion Law, undated 

16 256

Abortion, undated 

16 257

Biology, Science, undated 

16 258

Abortion Law, undated 

16 259

Abortion, Politics, undated 

16 260

Abortion Methods, undated 

16 261

Population Control, undated 

16 262

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