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March 7th, 2013
On March 7, 2013 we joined the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights, Forward Together, Ipas, SisterSong, and several abortion funds in an online chat to talk about the impact of abortion funding restrictions on rural women, women in poverty and women of color--both in the United States and, via the Helms Amendment, well beyond our borders. Check out the slide show for some highlights of our discussion!
Categories: abortion restrictions, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, International Funds, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, unfair laws
March 1st, 2013
We received many impressive nominations, from wizards in the Pacific Northwest to lemurs in the nation's capital, to an alluring homage to Maude Lebowksi...and all of these achievers will be in the running for next week's award, but today, in honor of sequestration, we're naming Dylan our hero.
Dylan bowled last year, when the Carolina Abortion Fund was just getting off the ground. Now he's on the board, and he's even more motivated to raise funds to help the women who call. As the board chair said in her nomination, "Dylan wrote an amazing message that brought me to tears. He should win because he cares. So. Much."
Dylan doesn't have any fancy gifs on his page. He's not offering salted caramels or piggyback rides or a year's worth of extreme couponing tips in exchange for a contribution to the Freedom Rollers.
No, Dylan has raised nearly $2000--and counting!-- for the Carolina Abortion Fund this year by telling it like it is:
"I have literally hung up our hotline in tears after telling yet another woman that we cannot help her. I'm in tears but I can't imagine what she is going through. For these women putting food on the table is hard enough--dealing with the cost of an abortion is back-breaking. I am angry that this situation exists in our country. There is such a wide gap between what people need and what they receive. But thankfully there is so much that we can do. I am proud of what you and I and everyone who has already helped the women of North Carolina has done, but there is much left to do."
We love Dylan's hopefulness and his faith that people can and will come through. Please check out his page and the hilarious levels of giving, from gravel to platinum!
Way to go, Dylan! It's because of you that the Bowl-a-Thon is such a success and that the Carolina Abortion Fund can be a safety net when the system fails.
To check out past winners and nominate a page of the week, click here. Every Friday we will announce a new winner!
February 22nd, 2013
Colin was nominated for his "vault of cat pictures" and you have to agree, they're hard to resist. Any time someone donates to Colin's efforts on behalf of ACCESS Women's Health Justice, he reaches into the vault and pulls out another cat gif. Which he then names for the benefactor. For example, here's "Val," skittering anxiously across the sheets looking for her cell phone:
ACCESS Women's Health Justice is an abortion fund in California founded in 1993 by clinic escorts who saw how many barriers there were for women who need abortion care -- from needing help with transportation, or translation and interpretation, childcare, or overnight housing for those travelling long distances. The volunteers organized to create short-term solutions to help anyone encountering these obstacles, and today ACCESS runs a bilingual healthline that does referrals and connects callers with volunteers, works for fair policies and trains new leaders in their community. Although they've participated in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon for the last few years, this is the first year they will have a Los Angeles event -- and it's looking good!
Check out Colin's page here. There's a cat with your name on it sitting in the cat vault, just waiting for you.
Want to nominate a Bowl-a-Thon page of the week? Click here. Every Friday we will announce a new winner!
February 19th, 2013
Local abortion funds help women and girls pay for abortions they would otherwise not be able to afford--and they also work for fair laws that respect the lives and futures of all women. In just the past month, two abortion funds have fought for policy changes--and won! City and state efforts to restore Medicaid funding are taking root across the country, and abortion fund activists are instrumental in this push.
February 15th, 2013
This entire team was nominated for "the nicknames and the mug shots, of course!"
The Feminist Drinking Club is bowling for Washington State's CAIR Project and has set an ambitious goal of raising $5,000 for abortion access -- that's going to go a long way to helping women in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Oregon, the area that this fund covers. Way to go, bowlers!
February 14th, 2013
Oh, yes: it's on! The 4th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon is just starting to heat up!
Every year in cities large and small from coast to coast people go balls out for abortion access -- and we know this year is going to be the best yet! Click this link for all the information: what, where, when and how to join us in this fantastic event -- it's a blast!
February 8th, 2013
ALERT: Due to the blizzard hitting the Northeast, thousands of flights to New York City and New England have been cancelled, and public transportation is shut down today in Boston.
Anyone living in or travelling to affected areas who has an appointment for an abortion today or tomorrow may need to reschedule and make new arrangements for childcare, travel, and time off work.
Please know that besides these logistical difficulties, delaying an abortion can mean an increase in costs, as well -- as little as a one week delay can mean an increase in price, and the George Tiller Memorial Fund may be able to help.
February 6th, 2013
We're excited to announce that we are expanding our capacity and are now hiring for a new position in our Boston office.
The Operations and HR Director is a new, senior-level position responsible for administration, finance, human resources, and oversight of the fundraising team and strategy implementation.
If you are passionate about reproductive justice and would like a job helping to ensure that all women and girls can get the abortions they need, we would love to meet you!
January 29th, 2013
"I talked with a woman who had two children and had already gone to everyone she knew and had asked for everything that she could. She was faced with either not paying rent that month or having a child that she didn't feel that she could... " Tanisha Humphrey works at Advocates for Youth and volunteers with the DC Abortion Fund, where she sees the impact of the ban on Medicaid funding of abortion firsthand.
Watch the video here, and then sign this letter to President Obama asking him to present a clean budget to Congress this year, free of abortion funding restrictions!
January 27th, 2013
"We cannot forget the basic issue of access to abortion." Melissa Harris-Perry features New York Abortion Access Fund board member and funds activist Steph Herold on her Saturday morning show to continue the discussion of the reality of abortion rights in women's lives 40 years after Roe v. Wade. Watch the video here: