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November 6th, 2013

Texans reeling from impact of new abortion laws

Since last week's surprise ruling from the federal circuit court that closed nearly a third of Texas' abortion clinics, abortion fund volunteers have been scrambling to get resources where they're needed most. In a state with an area so large that it would engulf most of Europe, this is no small undertaking.

"We've never seen anything quite as dramatic as this," says Megan Peterson, NNAF's Deputy Director, in an interview with the Texas Observer. "With so many clinics closing so suddenly, the loss is huge."

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

November 2nd, 2013

Texas solidarity: double your gift!

The news broke on Thursday night: a higher court overruled last week's decision that portions of Texas' omnibus abortion bill were unconstitutional.

Overnight, clinics closed. Just like that. There was barely time to notify clinic staff.

As of today, at least nine of the state's abortion clinics have already closed. Hundreds of women received calls this morning to say their appointments had to be cancelled – indefinitely. Both abortion clinics in the Texas' Rio Grande Valley, home to the two poorest cities in the entire country, have closed for now.

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Categories: Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

October 1st, 2013

The Stories That Stay With Us

Have you ever heard a story that leaves a lump in your throat? These are the stories that stay. These are the stories that move us. In our new video, members of the National Network of Abortion Funds talk about the experiences that inspire us to do what we do every day:

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Categories: Abortion Access Month

October 1st, 2013


On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, National Network of Abortion Funds' Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined local abortion funds on Twitter to discuss the impact of nearly four decades of a ban on Medicaid funding of abortion and to look towards a future without the Hyde Amendment.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, Carolina Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

September 29th, 2013

Twitter Q&A with Stephanie Poggi and abortion funds

Join Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, and abortion fund advocates from the front lines in a public conversation about the damaging impact of four decades of banning Medicaid funding for abortion and the role that abortion funds are playing in a renewed movement to restore public funding.

Where: Twitter (follow us @AbortionFunds)
When: Monday, September 30
Time: 2-3 pm EST
Hashtag: #Hyde37

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws

September 28th, 2013

Access is everything: Mind the gap

Why do we fund abortions? Listen to members of the National Network of Abortion Funds tell you why abortion access matters, in their own words.

We will never stop funding abortions for people can't otherwise afford abortion care. And we'll never stop our advocacy to remove funding bans that deny low-income communities and women of color the ability to make their own decisions. Join us.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, unfair laws

September 27th, 2013

Walling off access: medication abortion restrictions

For Abortion Access Month, the National Women's Health Network shines a spotlight on medication abortion, which can be taken very early in pregnancy and is available in some states via long-distance consultation with medical providers, potentially reducing travel time and expense for people who live far from an abortion clinic. However, politicians are taking dramatic steps to prevent the availability of this alternative.

Excerpted from "Stop State Attacks on Medication Abortion!" by Kate Ryan, Senor Program Coordinator, National Women's Health Network, and Chris Olah, Senior Associate, Reproductive Health Technologies Project.

Read the full post here.

This month marks the 13th anniversary of U.S. approval of Mifeprex, the “early abortion pill,” which provides women with greater access to abortion care across the country.
When personal healthcare decisions need to be made, people appreciate having options available, and abortion care is no different. Access to medication abortion means that women in the U.S. can terminate a pregnancy without a surgical procedure, at lower cost, and can carry out some or all of the process in their own home. Unfortunately, attacks on abortion access by ultra-conservatives are restricting women's access to this safe and effective option for early abortions. These state legislative attacks run the gamut from restricting who can administer the abortion pill to limiting where or how it can be given to women.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion providers, abortion restrictions, TakeAction, unfair laws

September 25th, 2013

What would you sell?

Earlier this week abortion fund activists shared a few of the things they say to people who call for assistance. Here are just a few of the things abortion fund advocates report that callers have sacrificed to get one step closer to an abortion they need:

What would you sell?

Please take action today and sign the petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment. No one should have to sacrifice basic necessities just to get the health care that is their right.


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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Medicaid, unfair laws

September 25th, 2013

Things abortion funds say...

What does it really take to get an abortion? No one knows better than the dedicated volunteers and activists who pick up the phone and talk to the people who are calling an abortion fund for help.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month

September 23rd, 2013

VOTE: Board member Shanelle Matthews nominated for 2013 Women's Media Center award!

We are proud to congratulate new board member Shanelle Matthews on her nomination for the 2013 Women's Media Center Social Media Award recognizing outstanding bloggers, social media gurus, activists, and new media makers for gender justice— and it's not too late to cast your vote for her!

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