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August 27th, 2014

The Be Bold Road Trip continues east

The Bravemobile started on the west coast and is scheduled to arrive in DC in mid-September, stopping at points along the way to garner support for lifting the bans that deny anyone coverage for abortion. Yesterday the Be Bold Road Trip made it to the Twin Cities, where supporters flocked to the bus to sign the wall of support...and to take the Taco Or Beer Challenge!

Check out this video for a glimpse into the the tour, including an appearance by NNAF Deputy Director Megan Peterson!

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Categories: All Above All, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction

July 23rd, 2014

Pledge-a-Protester! New Orleans Abortion Fund leads coalition protecting clinics

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!

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Categories: New Orleans Abortion Fund, TakeAction

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

July 3rd, 2014

"We [Are Still Not] the People"

Statement by Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds

Who counts as a human being? Who deserves freedom to exercise basic rights? Whose “burden” matters?

At the National Network of Abortion Funds, we know how we answer these questions. Our work is to stand up for the humanity of women and girls seeking abortion care, and for all marginalized people. The Supreme Court gave us a starkly different answer over the past week, demonstrating indifference most particularly to the rights and dignity of low-income women and women of color. In three major rulings – 
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, McCullen v. Coakley and Harris v. Quinn – the Court reaffirmed a worldview in which the experiences of women are barely considered.

In the Hobby Lobby case, the 5-4 majority ruled there is no contest between the beliefs of religious corporations and their relatively low-wage women employees when it comes to contraception. The religious private employer who doesn’t want to be “implicated” in his employee’s reproductive health care has the right to deny her family planning. Her own views, whether religious or otherwise, are beside the point. This refusal of coverage will mostly affect women struggling to make ends meet who cannot afford the cost of many forms of contraception. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent, "It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month's full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage." At NNAF, we see every day how denying coverage is the same as denying a right altogether. Many poor women are unable to use contraception consistently precisely because they can’t afford the high price. This is also the case with abortion access denied through the Hyde Amendment ban on coverage, which means that every year at least 1 in 4 women enrolled in Medicaid who would have an abortion are unable to carry out their decision.

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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 11th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Tana, with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project!

Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Tana, bowling next week with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project!

Tana's story is incredibly powerful and moving.

She starts by saying, "I'm bowling for abortion access because abortion funds helped me when I needed an abortion, and I want to make sure that everyone has access to the same options I did."

And from there, the details are wrenching.

Abortion fund volunteers know her dilemma well: because of her high-risk pregnancy and condition, Tana's doctor strongly advised her to seek an abortion. But because her pregnancy had progressed past 12 weeks, her insurance would not cover an abortion unless she was hemorrhaging heavily.

A mother of three, Tana could not believe what she was hearing:

"In other words, they could not help unless I was literally dying right there and then."

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Funds, Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

April 5th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Kelz, with the Carolina Abortion Fund!

Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Kelz, bowling April 13th with the Carolina Abortion Fund!

Everyone has their own reasons for bowling, whether that's to do something tangible in the fight for access to abortion rights, to become a member of a community of activists, or to have fun bowling while doing good. For many of us, it's personal.

That's definitely true for Kelz.

She explains, "I bowl to PAY IT BACK. An abortion fund helped me cover the costs of my medical abortion several years ago when I was unemployed and struggling to survive. Without the help of an abortion fund, I would be struggling to this day. Their assistance helped me end a pregnancy I was not ready for and continue working towards bettering my life and preparing for my future."

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Carolina Abortion Fund

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 30th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Mel B., with the first ever El Paso Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!

Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Mel B., bowling with Melba and the Toasters in the FIRST EVER El Paso Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon!

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the Bowl-a-Thon: this year, the Lilith Fund is going balls out and holding Bowl-a-Thon events in FIVE cities, including a collaborative event with the new West Fund in El Paso. El Paso is in far west Texas on the border of Mexico (its sister city across the border is Juárez, and according to Wikipedia the pair of cities make up the largest bilingual, binational work force in the Western hemisphere.)

But there are only two clinics in the entire city,  and those two clinics provide abortion care to women from two countries and most of west Texas. 

The Lilith Fund points out, "with the new regulations passed in 2013, both of those clinics stand to close by the end of this year.  El Paso and Juárez women deserve access to safe and available healthcare. We are excited to get our information out here in West Texas and raise funds to increase the number of women we can help!"

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Lilith Fund