September 30th, 2014
September 30, 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which passed in 1976. A direct response to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion just three years earlier, the Hyde Amendment was the first of many restrictions on abortion, and denied Medicaid patients the right to an abortion. Later restrictions followed: federal employees, U.S. military personnel and their families, Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Service recipients, federal prisoners, and people with disabilities covered by Medicare — all denied abortion coverage.
The intent of the Hyde Amendment is to make it more difficult for low-income women to get the abortions they need. It is the backdrop to all abortion funds. It is the backdrop to our stories.
On the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment we are proud to share the stories and voices of abortion fund activists collected and recorded by StoryCorps at the National Network of Abortion Funds 20th Anniversary Summit held in Oakland, California in June 2013.
September 29th, 2014
While this September marks another sad anniversary of the restrictive Hyde Amendment, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in Oakland, Calilfornia will be doing what they've been doing since 1993: helping women get the care they need without delay. From a small group of volunteer clinic escorts, this fund has grown into a national reproductive justice powerhouse.
Check out the fund spotlight on ACCESS!
June 12th, 2014
In response to drastic limits on abortion access resulting from last summer's disastrous bills in Texas, abortion funds on the ground mobilized immediately. This ongoing crisis has actually produced new abortion funds, including practical support networks that help with travel, shelter, and other logistics. We have been working closely with people in affected areas to help these emerging funds coordinate efforts, and we've offered assistance in multiple ways so that as clinics close, barriers multiply, and expenses increase far beyond what is feasible, volunteers and agencies are prepared to direct women to resources.
But even as abortion fund activists work to meet the needs of women traveling ever farther distances to get an abortion in Texas, a wave of copycat restrictions is rolling over neighboring states, threatening to close most of the few remaining clinics in neighboring states.
This is why we've been working with activists in these states — with the New Orleans Abortion Fund, with the Georgia Reproductive Access Network, the Carolina Abortion Fund, the Kentucky Support Network, with emerging funds in Mississippi and Alabama — to bolster their efforts and strengthen a network of access across a broad swath of the American south.
And now we need your help.
We are recruiting activists who have an interest in learning more about starting a fund, with a renewed focus on South Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama.
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February 26th, 2014
It's not the first time a woman has been forced to pawn her wedding ring to help pay for an abortion she needs. And it won't be the last.
As state legislatures continue banning abortion after 20 weeks, stories like Sarah Guler's, which Carolyn Jones tells in the Texas Observer this month, are becoming more and more common.
Sarah and her husband live in Texas. When she was 19 weeks pregnant, they received the devastating news that their baby had a brain condition that meant it would likely not survive birth. Moreover, because of the ban that went into effect last fall, they had only a week to find a doctor who could help them with their impossible choice. Sarah's own doctor was not able to help: "We don't do that here," he told her. In the end, they had no choice at all: they had to leave the state for an abortion.
February 6th, 2014
Last month, in a move sure to hurt low-income women in the largest US state, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor filed rules that would eliminate most Medicaid coverage of abortion. Alaska is one of only 15 states that currently covers abortion as part of pregnancy care under state Medicaid.
On January 29, Planned Parenthood sued the Alaska state health commissioner over the new rules, stating:
"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services." Joshua Decker, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
February 3rd, 2014
Here’s another reason to be inspired by abortion fund activists: while Texas legislators are restricting access to abortion, abortion funds and other grassroots groups have been working harder than ever to help people get the care they want and need.
On January 17-19, 2014, the National Network of Abortion Funds hosted the Texas Practical Support Convening, bringing together clinics, abortion funds, practical support groups, abortion doulas, lawyers, and community organizers. The Convening was the result of months of planning set into action when Texas passed far-reaching restrictions in the summer of 2013 which have already resulted in clinic closures, leaving residents in some areas of the state with no options at all.
January 22nd, 2014
41 years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right to an abortion, what's the reality? National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined Texas abortion fund activists and abortion providers on Twitter to talk about what abortion access looks like on the ground in 2014:
January 13th, 2014
In November, a federal district court ruled that the far-reaching abortion restrictions signed into law by Governor Perry in Texas last summer could go into effect. Clinics across the state closed overnight, and suddenly volunteer-run abortion funds were faced with an avalanche of new calls in addition to their existing caseloads. How have they been coping with the increased demand?
Join Lindsay Rodriguez, board chair of Texas-based Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, in an online chats hosted by activist Katie Klabusich this Wednesday, January 15th:
January 10th, 2014
Every year, politicians in Congress use our nation’s budget process to deny coverage of abortion for women who get their insurance or health care through the federal government.
Now some politicians want to make those restrictions even harsher – and permanent – through HR 7, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."
HR 7 would permanently codify the punitive Hyde Amendment that denies Medicaid-eligible women their right to an abortion and withhold all federal insurance coverage of abortion, putting it out of reach for many. Denying Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
January 10th, 2014
In a move sure to have devastating effects on low-income Alaska residents, the state is set to begin restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion as of February 2. Currently, only 15 states cover abortion with state Medicaid funding; if these restrictions go into effect as expected, that number will drop to 14.
Alaska is a state twice the size of Texas and only has 8 abortion providers. Simply getting an appointment can be a logistical puzzle that results in expensive delays for treatment, and with so few providers covering such a vast area, women often need to book a flight to get an abortion, increasing their costs.
Eliminating coverage for abortion will further reduce access for women who are already struggling to make ends meet.