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February 26th, 2014

"We don't do that here": the new reality in Texas

It's not the first time a woman has been forced to pawn her wedding ring to help pay for an abortion she needs. And it won't be the last.

As state legislatures continue banning abortion after 20 weeks, stories like Sarah Guler's, which Carolyn Jones tells in the Texas Observer this month, are becoming more and more common.

Sarah and her husband live in Texas. When she was 19 weeks pregnant, they received the devastating news that their baby had a brain condition that meant it would likely not survive birth. Moreover, because of the ban that went into effect last fall, they had only a week to find a doctor who could help them with their impossible choice. Sarah's own doctor was not able to help: "We don't do that here," he told her. In the end, they had no choice at all: they had to leave the state for an abortion.

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Categories: abortion providers, abortion restrictions, Funds, unfair laws

February 24th, 2014

5th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon

Registration is underway for the 5th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Click here for all the resources: team names, Bowl-a-Thon badges, downloads and more. Click here to find an event and register your team!

For the 5th year in a row, we're going to strike Hyde...nationwide!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon

February 24th, 2014

Betsy Vandercook, President of Michigan's Fountain Street Church Choice Fund

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing earlier this month of Betsy Vandercook, long-standing President of Michigan's Fountain Street Church Choice Fund.

We mourn the loss and celebrate the life of our dear friend, a fierce and compassionate leader whose vision and determination made this strong fund a beacon for women and girls who otherwise would have had no options. Her life is a reminder that many abortion funds are rooted in the faith community, and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

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Categories: Funds

February 21st, 2014

WV Free working to defeat a ban on 20-week abortions in West Virginia

"Women want to have healthy pregnancies. They want to have healthy children. But sometimes pregnancies go wrong." -- Margaret Chapman Pomponio, Executive Director of WV Free, interviewed in the West Virginia Metro News

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Categories: Funds, unfair laws, WV FREE

February 6th, 2014

Alaska's abortion funding restrictions blocked for now

Last month, in a move sure to hurt low-income women in the largest US state, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor filed rules that would eliminate most Medicaid coverage of abortion. Alaska is one of only 15 states that currently covers abortion as part of pregnancy care under state Medicaid.

On January 29, Planned Parenthood sued the Alaska state health commissioner over the new rules, stating:

"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services." Joshua Decker, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

February 3rd, 2014

"We fund abortion": the 2014 Texas Practical Support Convening

Here’s another reason to be inspired by abortion fund activists: while Texas legislators are restricting access to abortion, abortion funds and other grassroots groups have been working harder than ever to help people get the care they want and need.

On January 17-19, 2014, the National Network of Abortion Funds hosted the Texas Practical Support Convening, bringing together clinics, abortion funds, practical support groups, abortion doulas, lawyers, and community organizers. The Convening was the result of months of planning set into action when Texas passed far-reaching restrictions in the summer of 2013 which have already resulted in clinic closures, leaving residents in some areas of the state with no options at all.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Lilith Fund, Practical support, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

February 3rd, 2014

New abortion fund in Baltimore seeking board members!

Interested in getting involved with on-the-ground work helping women with direct assistance for abortion? Activists in Baltimore 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?

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January 22nd, 2014

41 years after Roe v. Wade: What's the reality in Texas?

41 years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right to an abortion, what's the reality? National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined Texas abortion fund activists and abortion providers on Twitter to talk about what abortion access looks like on the ground in 2014:

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

January 13th, 2014

Why do we need abortion funds? Online chat with Lilith Fund, January 15

In November, a federal district court ruled that the far-reaching abortion restrictions signed into law by Governor Perry in Texas last summer could go into effect. Clinics across the state closed overnight, and suddenly volunteer-run abortion funds were faced with an avalanche of new calls in addition to their existing caseloads. How have they been coping with the increased demand?

Join Lindsay Rodriguez, board chair of Texas-based Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, in an online chats hosted by activist Katie Klabusich this Wednesday, January 15th:

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