"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:
I give women money for abortions. Some of it is my money, because I believe in putting my money where my mouth is. Some of it is other people’s money, because I work a hotline where we get hundreds of calls a month from women looking for assistance. Some of them are all business, and some of them move me to tears. I can’t help all of them, and for that I apologize. But it isn’t how I thought it would be. At the end of every shift I feel stronger, because I’ve been able to give another group of women a chance at controlling their lives. We can’t provide miracles, but we can hold doors open for a little bit longer. I will keep working hard to provide access to birth control for women, through education and health care. But until that day when every woman has the access she needs? Until that day, I will answer the phone and give out as much money as I can.
If you've ever thought about volunteering with a local abortion fund, check our site to see if there's one in your area that needs help. And if there's no abortion fund in your state, maybe it's time to start one!