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March 13th, 2012

What's at stake: speaking out in Virginia

Ramey Noël Connelly, a volunteer with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, spoke last month at the Rally for Reproductive Rights at the Virginia State Capitol about Virginia's notorious ultrasound bill.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, unfair laws

February 7th, 2012

Falling between the cracks

Falling Between the Cracks: Why Abortion Funds Exist and How You Can Help Them Help Women, by Eesha Pandit and Steph Herold, was originally published in RH Reality Check on February 6, 2012

Melissa is 26 years old. She has a husband serving in the U.S. military overseas and a young daughter with numerous special health care needs. When they learned that she was pregnant, Melissa and her husband considered their limited resources and decided to seek an abortion. The ban on federal funding for abortion meant that this basic medical service was not covered. Melissa managed to raise half of the cost of her procedure by delaying payment of non-essential bills. The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) pledged the other half.

Erika is a 19-year-old college student with an infant. When she became pregnant, her boyfriend had recently been laid off, leaving their family uninsured. She called NYAAF for help when her family refused to offer assistance. She’d saved $100 dollars from her student loan check. NYAAF pledged the remaining $250 and Erika received the abortion care she needed.

Since 2001, the NYAAF has helped 764 women from 25 states, including Melissa and Erika 1,  gain access to safe abortion care. In fact, the need for abortion funding is so great that over 100 grassroots abortion funds exist across the country, all members of the National Network of Abortion Funds. NYAAF, a member of the Network, is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to low-income women in New York state who can’t afford to pay for an abortion. This year, we’re celebrating a decade of ensuring accessible, funded abortion care in New York State.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Funds, New York Abortion Access Fund

January 27th, 2012

Canada's abortion fund: helping women to access care

On January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion in the case of R. v. Morgentaler.

The Court found the country’s restrictive abortion law unconstitutional because it infringed on a woman’s right to “life, liberty, and security of the person” under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which was adopted in 1982.

Unlike the United States and most countries, Canada has no operative legislation on abortion.

How did Canada get here?

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Funds, International Funds, TakeAction, unfair laws

January 24th, 2012

We can do more to clear barriers to abortion care

Ana Rodriguez, Executive Director of ACCESS Women's Health Justice in California, explains how barriers stand in the way of making the choices guaranteed 39 years ago by Roe v. Wade for the women she hears from every day:

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Categories: economic justice, Funds

January 3rd, 2012

Thank you...and Happy New Year!

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Categories: Funds

November 18th, 2011

D.C. leaders to Rep. Issa: "Thanks, but no thanks."

In an act of principled solidarity, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and City Council Chair Kwame R. Browne rejected a proposal from Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week that would have given the city autonomy over its own budget — with a catch: the District would be permanently forbidden from spending its own taxpayer funds on abortion.

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Categories: DC Abortion Fund, Funds, unfair laws

November 7th, 2011

Guaranteeing access, one dollar at a time

A lovely thank you note, cross-posted here from Sarah at Feminists for Choice:

When Serena proposed the idea of focusing on gratitude this month by honoring pro-choice advocates, I immediately knew who I’d choose: the people that make sure that women who need abortions have the money to do so.

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October 25th, 2011

New abortion fund in North Carolina seeks board members!

Want to get involved with on-the-ground work helping women with direct assistance for abortion? Activists in North Carolina are in the process of forming a new abortion fund and they're looking for board members who want to help make sure that all women have access to the abortion care they seek.

Could this be you, or someone you know?

Carolina Abortion Fund, a newly formed nonprofit organization dedicated to raising and distributing funds to assist low-income women with obtaining abortion services, is seeking volunteer board members. As we are still in the initial phases of establishing the fund, this is an exciting opportunity to join the fund at its beginning, influence its direction and widen its reach.

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Categories: Carolina Abortion Fund, Funds, TakeAction