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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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
UPDATE as of 8:00 am Monday, March 24: In just 72 hours, the Eastern Massachusetts Fund raised $8,349 for abortion access--$5,000 of which will be matched for Texas' West Fund!
THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Thanks to a generous donor, the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund will match the first $5,000 donated between Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 23 to the new West Fund in El Paso, Texas. That means when you donate any amount to any bowler (er, triathlete) or team with EMA Fund's 5th Annual Bowl-a-Thon, your donation will count twice: once for a caller to the EMA Fund, and once to someone in the literal desert of West Texas abortion access! Click here to get in on it!
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 21st, 2014
When Abortion Support Network founder Mara Clarke offered a Bowl-a-Thon donation, bowlers hopped to it. Congratulations to all players AND to the winner!
March 12th, 2014
As clinics are closing in Texas, abortion funds are responding as quickly as possible.
We're responding by organizing the Texas Practical Support Convening. Funds on the ground are responding by increasing their fundraising efforts (the Lilith Fund has Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon events in a record five cities this year, including the Rio Grande Valley!) And activists are responding by starting NEW abortion funds.
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.
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: