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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

April 16th, 2012

"I'm raising money so people can see a doctor!"

"I'm going bowling later! I'm raising money so people can see a doctor!" -- Avital Norman Nathman's 5-year old son was excited to bowl with the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts in the first big weekend of the 3rd Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Funds, Lilith Fund

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