Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Tana, with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project!
April 11th, 2014
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."
Her abortion would cost $1,895. And time was running out. Tana googled ways to induce a miscarriage at home; she punched her stomach, drank alcohol, considered even more drastic and dangerous measures. She called abortion funds in the hopes they could help her -- and they did. Working in coordination, several abortion funds helped Tana pull together the money she needed... just in the nick of time.
That was in December of 2013.
Now Tana is a volunteer with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project and runs a Facebook page where women and girls in Virginia can ask questions anonymously and find out about resources that may be available for them. And her children have a mother in good health who cares for them.
Oh, and she bowls. With a vengeance. Her team will be on the lanes on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project is one of the top fundraisers in this year's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Click here to read Tana's full story and to donate to her Bowl-a-Thon.
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