Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week
April 11th, 2014
Tana's story is incredibly powerful and moving.
She starts by saying, "I'm bowling for abortion access because abortion funds helped me when I needed an abortion, and I want to make sure that everyone has access to the same options I did."
And from there, the details are wrenching.
Abortion fund volunteers know her dilemma well: because of her high-risk pregnancy and condition, Tana's doctor strongly advised her to seek an abortion. But because her pregnancy had progressed past 12 weeks, her insurance would not cover an abortion unless she was hemorrhaging heavily.
A mother of three, Tana could not believe what she was hearing:
"In other words, they could not help unless I was literally dying right there and then."
April 5th, 2014
Everyone has their own reasons for bowling, whether that's to do something tangible in the fight for access to abortion rights, to become a member of a community of activists, or to have fun bowling while doing good. For many of us, it's personal.
That's definitely true for Kelz.
She explains, "I bowl to PAY IT BACK. An abortion fund helped me cover the costs of my medical abortion several years ago when I was unemployed and struggling to survive. Without the help of an abortion fund, I would be struggling to this day. Their assistance helped me end a pregnancy I was not ready for and continue working towards bettering my life and preparing for my future."
March 30th, 2014
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the Bowl-a-Thon: this year, the Lilith Fund is going balls out and holding Bowl-a-Thon events in FIVE cities, including a collaborative event with the new West Fund in El Paso. El Paso is in far west Texas on the border of Mexico (its sister city across the border is Juárez, and according to Wikipedia the pair of cities make up the largest bilingual, binational work force in the Western hemisphere.)
But there are only two clinics in the entire city, and those two clinics provide abortion care to women from two countries and most of west Texas.
The Lilith Fund points out, "with the new regulations passed in 2013, both of those clinics stand to close by the end of this year. El Paso and Juárez women deserve access to safe and available healthcare. We are excited to get our information out here in West Texas and raise funds to increase the number of women we can help!"
March 22nd, 2014
Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon Page of the Week WINNER Anne Phillips, with the Bowl-a-Thon--er, Triathlon*--Team Lara Croft's Womb Raiders, for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund!
Anne Phillips is in her 4th year as a volunteer board member with the EMA Fund, and she knows exactly what it feels like to talk to someone at the end of her rope, someone who has already exhausted every last resource, called in every last favor, looked in every last corner as the clock ticks down. It's tough work:
"For someone facing an unwanted pregnancy, every week counts. Prices go up $100-200 after certain cut-off weeks, and for someone who's $100 short and has no health insurance, our grant is critical."
It's tough work, but Lara Croft's Womb Raiders are ON IT.
March 14th, 2014
Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Mary D., longtime volunteer clinic escort with Preterm Clinic in Cleveland, bowling with the Ovary-chievers team for the Preterm Access Fund!
"I have been a volunteer escort at Preterm for 4 years. I have witnessed the dedicated and compassionate staff that works there. People seeking help at Preterm already have so many obstacles to go through. Many of Preterm's clients come from out of state. I have spoken to people from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia."
March 7th, 2014
Congratulations to this week's Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Amy "Bimanual" Gordon, a soon-to-be nurse-midwife bowling on the Yale Nursing Students for Choice team for the New York Abortion Access Fund!
"Childbirth and parenthood, when freely chosen, is a journey to be celebrated and supported. And for that free choice to mean anything at all, we must equally celebrate and support the ability to opt out of parenthood when it isn't right. That means comprehensive and sex-positive education in schools. It means access to safe, affordable, and appropriate birth control. And, because our contraceptive technologies will never be perfect--and neither will we--it means unfettered access to abortion."
February 28th, 2014
"As a Lilith Fund hotline caller, I talk to people every month who have to make tough decisions about their lives and their families.
April 13th, 2013
Congratulations to Sara "Sparo" Slater, this week's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week Winner!
Sara is bowling this weekend with the CAIR Project in Seattle, which helps women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska--Alaska!--get the abortions they need.
Her page was nominated because she really puts it all on the line: her story begins, "I was 16 years old and realized I couldn't remember my last period..."
April 5th, 2013
Congratulations to April Greene, this week's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week winner!
A little over a year ago, April worked her first hotline shift for the Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network, which she had helped to get off the ground in 2011 to help low-income women of northeast Georgia. Later that year, she had her beautiful baby, seen here growling with her mama as they take on the forces that deny anyone the medical care they need.
And just this past month, April went back to the hotline for the first time since her baby was born, convinced more than ever that it was time to bowl. In her area of Georgia, 18% of the population lives in poverty and there are no abortion providers.
"In early 2012, I worked my first shift for GRJAN. All week I spoke on the phone to a woman who was trying to line up enough money to make an appointment for her abortion. I remember sneaking away a few times a day to answer her calls or to call her back, adamant about reassuring her that I was still here. She already had a child, a son with a disability, and she had moved to Georgia from a state where Medicaid covered abortion. She was pissed that Georgia offered no such coverage, and I was pissed for her.
After a few days, we scrounged up enough money from her personal resources and other abortion funds to help her feel comfortable about making her appointment, and I pledged her GRJAN's $100 weekly budget. The last time we spoke, she reiterated just how mad she was that she had to jump through so many hoops to pay for her abortion. Over a year later, I still feel her anger."
April's page was nominated because she and her daughter are so obviously awesome (not to mention adorable). And as a new fund in a drastically underserved area, the Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network will benefit greatly from the support and the cash infusion that the Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon brings. We love the determination of April and her fellow board members and volunteers in northeast Georgia, and pity the fool who doesn't check out April's page! Growl!
GRJAN's current weekly budget is $100. All donations, no matter how small, make a great difference to this fledgling fund, and you can help out at April's Bowl-a-Thon page right here.
To check out past winners and nominate a page of the week, click here. Every Friday we will showcase a new winner!
March 29th, 2013
Congratulations to the Puck Ferrys, this week's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week winners!
The Puck Ferrys are bowling for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity in good old Austin, Texas, where they have their work cut out for them. Sure, their red state politics can make them blue, but they rile 'em up and get 'em ornery, too!
Most Bowl-a-Thon teams have five or six people, but you know what they say: everything's bigger in Texas, and the Puck Ferrys have eight, count 'em, EIGHT, bowlers cracking wise and raising funds for abortion access deep in the heart of Texas, including high-powered bloggers for reproductive justice Jessica Luther and Andrea Grimes, and none other than NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Executive Director Heather Busby. When it comes to protecting abortion rights, these gals know how to circle the wagons.
As you may have heard, it's been a tough couple of years in Texas, even in that bastion of loveable-lefty weirdness, Austin. As Andrea says on her Bowl-a-Thon page (note: possibly NSFW), "in Texas, we may love our boots, but not everybody's come with the same straps."
But the Puck Ferrys have buckled down and amassed what must be the largest collection of animated gifs in the entire Bowl-a-Thon...and they're so close to meeting their ambitious goal of raising $5,000 for abortion access that they may be forced to raise it before the April 28 day of bowling action!
For a good time, click here and explore any one of these bowlers' gif-laden pages.
And to check out past winners or nominate a page of the week, click here.