New Orleans Abortion Fund
July 23rd, 2014
Last week, Operation Rescue — the organization that inspired Dr. Tiller's assassin — descended on New Orleans for a week-long siege, swarming abortion clinics and threatening abortion providers at their homes. This siege is motivated by the construction of a new abortion clinic that will meet the latest restrictive requirements passed by Louisiana's legislature this summer. In response to these aggressive attacks on clinics. patients, and providers, the New Orleans Abortion Fund (spotlighted on our site this month) mobilized with local allies to organize peaceful counter-protests and to raise funds to directly aid women in need of funding by orchestrating a Pledge-A-Protester campaign.
"Together with Feminist Majority Foundation and other members of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, the New Orleans Abortion Fund has been on the forefront of training up clinic escorts and legal observers in preparation for this week. We have been out in front of clinics or physicians’ homes since the weekend," says NOAF's Amy Irvin.
Want to show your solidarity with the people of New Orleans? Make your pledge here!
July 11th, 2014
TIme to shine a spotlight on one of the many grassroots abortion funds working to change the world: the New Orleans Abortion Fund! This fund helps people who live on the Gulf Coast and is a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, which fights unfair laws in their community (NOAF members seen here presenting thousands of petitions to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office.)
As one of the newest abortion funds in the country nears the second anniversary of their founding, they face some tremendous challenges: at least three of the state's five clinics are likely to close in September, just as laws in the neighboring state of Texas force more clinics to go dark.
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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