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October 2nd, 2012

March for Choice in Dublin draws thousands

Friday, September 28, 2012 was the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion and the following day the largest demonstration for abortion rights in 20 years took place in Dublin, Ireland, where Mara Clarke of the UK's only abortion fund, the Abortion Support Network, spoke to thousands of activists on the need for universal access to safe abortion.

An excerpt from Ms. Clarke's speech:

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Abortion Support Network, economic justice, Funds, International Funds, unfair laws

September 19th, 2012

"I give women money for abortions."

What is it like to volunteer for an abortion fund? For some, volunteering is a form of direct action. Sarah Tuttle recently joined the board of Texas' Lilith Fund, where her energy, talents, and compassion are needed now more than ever, and she writes about her experience in "Living Room Direct Action: Supporting Abortion Funds" at the blog Flyover Feminism:

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Categories: economic justice, Funds, Lilith Fund

September 13th, 2012

TODAY ONLY: help the Texas Equal Access Fund go farther!

Q: What could be better than helping a woman in the Texas panhandle struggling to get the care she needs?

A: Helping two Texans!

Give a little, help a lot: The Texas Equal Access Fund is participating in a matching campaign this year, and today's the day your gift can go farther!

UPDATE: The Texas Equal Access Fund reports that they raised over $12,000 to help women in North Texas in a single day! Thank you so much to all who took part!

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Categories: economic justice, Funds, Texas Equal Access Fund

August 30th, 2012

"Many, many people do not have $650 in their bank account..."

Danielle Boudrow volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and was one of six women voters selected by the New York Times to participate in a live video chat this week to discuss how the 2012 election affects women's lives. She was the youngest participant and the only one with experience working directly with women who are hurt by discriminatory abortion funding bans.

Here's what she had to say:

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Categories: Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform

August 28th, 2012

Corn dogs, crop art, and condoms-on-a-stick

The last few weeks of summer means State Fair season around the country -- corn dogs, crop art, and in Minnesota, at least, condoms-on-a-stick!

That's right: for the last four decades, Pro-Choice Resources (home to the Hersey Abortion Assistance Fund, one of the Network's founding members) has had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair, where their crew of volunteers greets fairgoers alongside vendors selling funnel cakes, cheese curds, and local crafts in the bustling grandstand.

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Categories: Funds, Pro-Choice Resources

July 11th, 2012

Requests from Ireland double for the third consecutive year

For the third consecutive year, the international abortion fund Abortion Support Network (ASN) in England will see requests for abortion funding from Irish women double.

As ASN director Mara Clarke (pictured at left) tells The Guardian, "The continued economic crisis is making it even more of a struggle for women and families to keep their heads above water and Ireland's severe abortion restrictions make it even harder for women in financial distress."

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Categories: Abortion Support Network, economic justice, Funds, International Funds, unfair laws

July 6th, 2012

BREAKING: Victory for low-income women in Oregon!

Oregon is one of the only states in the country where Medicaid covers abortion for low-income women and girls. This year, a group launched a ballot initiative campaign to ban Medicaid funding of abortion, circulating petitions and raising money to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall.

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Categories: economic justice, Funds, Medicaid

May 30th, 2012

Sharing your hopes and dreams for the future

"Abortion is about women's hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women." - George Tiller, M.D., 1941-2009

Thursday, May 31st is the third anniversary of Dr. George Tiller’s murder in Wichita, Kansas. It is a somber day, a day of reflection. Dr. Tiller risked his life for women because he knew that it’s not just about abortion. 

It's about self-detemination.
It's about treating women with dignity.
It's about control over our own bodies.

These should not be privileges. Every woman deserves the opportunity to determine the path of her own life, and no woman is less deserving of that simply because she has less money. 

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Categories: abortion providers, Funds, George Tiller Memorial Fund

April 24th, 2012

The MARIA Fund: supporting women’s access to abortion in Mexico

Today marks the fifth anniversary of legal first trimester abortion in Mexico City. On April 24, 2007, the Mexico City Legislature voted to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court of Mexico upheld the law in 2008.

Because Mexico City is the third largest city in the world, this policy change benefits hundreds of thousands of women with access to free, legal abortion services. The policy also lays bare a need among women in other parts of the country to travel to the capital to obtain safe and legal abortion care.

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Categories: Funds, International Funds