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September 30th, 2014

Our stories, our voices: the Hyde Amendment is the backdrop

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.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, StoryCorps, unfair laws

September 29th, 2014

Spotlight on ACCESS Women's Health Justice

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!

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, ACCESS Women's Health Justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, Practical support, unfair laws

July 11th, 2014

Spotlight on the New Orleans Abortion Fund

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.

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Categories: Funds, New Orleans Abortion Fund, unfair laws

June 12th, 2014

Southern abortion funds mobilize

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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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, Carolina Abortion Fund, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network, Hyde Amendment, Kentucky Support Network , Lilith Fund, Medication abortion, Misoprostol, New Orleans Abortion Fund, Practical support, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

April 5th, 2014

Chicago Abortion Fund speaks up in Springfield

"Youth deserve access to reproductive health and abortion services!Chicago Abortion Fund's Deputy Director Brittany Mostiller speaks out against Illinois' parental notification law. Watch here:

Read more about how Illinois' parental notification law puts youth at risk.

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Categories: Chicago Abortion Fund, Funds, unfair laws

March 12th, 2014

Don't mourn...organize!

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.

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Categories: economic justice, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Lilith Fund, Practical support, unfair laws

February 26th, 2014

"We don't do that here": the new reality in Texas

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.

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Categories: abortion providers, abortion restrictions, Funds, unfair laws

February 21st, 2014

WV Free working to defeat a ban on 20-week abortions in West Virginia

"Women want to have healthy pregnancies. They want to have healthy children. But sometimes pregnancies go wrong." -- Margaret Chapman Pomponio, Executive Director of WV Free, interviewed in the West Virginia Metro News

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Categories: Funds, unfair laws, WV FREE

February 6th, 2014

Alaska's abortion funding restrictions blocked for now

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

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

February 3rd, 2014

"We fund abortion": the 2014 Texas Practical Support Convening

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.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Lilith Fund, Practical support, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws