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September 5th, 2013
By National Network of Abortion Fund board members Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores. Cross-posted from Feministing.
What does it really take to get an abortion in America?
September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As it turns out, it takes quite a bit to get an abortion in this country, and as states across the nation pile on waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, bans, and other barriers, accessing safe and legal abortion care is becoming more difficult by the day. One of the biggest hurdles for folks seeking abortion care is the fact that, for many, it is quite simply unaffordable. Who are the folks that cannot afford abortion care?
August 16th, 2013
Update: Thank you so much to all who contacted Attorney General Morrisey. You spoke up loud and clear -- comments are now closed, but we will keep you posted on the upcoming rally in Charleston on Tuesday, August 20th and how you can participate from afar.
State by state, politicians are seizing on copycat regulations targeting abortion providers as a way to limit abortion access -- and now West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is trying to personally get in on the action. He bypassed the West Virginia legislature and is calling for a "review" of abortion clinic regulations, with the aim of closing down the state's last two clinics.
Attorney General Morrisey is inviting public comment "from West Virginia and elsewhere." Click here to tell him: stop targeting abortion providers!
July 19th, 2013
Watch Katherine Miller, a volunteer with the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, as she's interviewed by ABC News in Austin, Texas, on the day that Governor Rick Perry signed sweeping abortion restrictions into law: "It's very important that people understand what access really means. It's not just for rich women. These laws make it so that only certain women of certain means are going to be able to access medical care."
July 15th, 2013
Sarah Slaman, an abortion rights activist in Texas, whose testimony to the Texas Senate went viral after she was escorted off the floor, was interviewed by Joy Reid on The Ed Show over the weekend. Asked what's needed next, she says, "We're going to NEED abortion funds, especially for women west of I-35."
July 3rd, 2013
The National Network of Abortion Funds joins a diverse coalition of 52 organizations representing advocates for low-income women and women of color, youth communities, people of faith, health care providers, and voting rights advocates to defend District of Columbia's budget autonomy and lift the ban on Medicaid abortion coverage in DC.
June 28th, 2013
By Eesha Pandit, Board Member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. A version of this originally appeared at RH Reality Check on June 27, 2013.
This is such a simple concept that I can't believe we still have to say it, but we do:
The legal right to an abortion means nothing to a person who can’t get to the clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in the clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, the person who doesn’t have the documentation required.
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis knows it. That’s why she stood for 12 hours in a dramatic filibuster on the floor of the Senate. State Senator Leticia Van De Putte knows it. That’s why she left her father’s funeral, drove 3 hours and arrived on the Senate floor to speak against Texas Senate Bill 5. Also in the know are the hundreds of people, men and women alike, who protested their hearts out for hours—and days—on end and ultimately were the ones who pushed the special session to an end before a vote could be reached on the regressive bill that would make abortion inaccessible to millions of Texans.
June 20th, 2013
20 years ago this month, frustrated by a lack of commitment on the part of political leaders to repeal the Hyde Amendment, determined to ensure that more women and girls would be able to get an abortion without sacrificing basic needs, and infused with the spirit of solidarity, activists with two dozen abortion funds met to form the National Network of Abortion Funds. That meeting turned out to be the first of many.
This week activists from around the world representing over a hundred abortion funds are gathered in Oakland, California to strategize.
To learn from one another.
And to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
We fund abortions because we view the right to abortion as a fundamental human right. And we will be here until there is no longer a need. Over the past twenty years, abortion funds have distributed over $39 million, helping over 340,000 women get abortions they would otherwise not be able to afford.
June 3rd, 2013
Have you been waiting for the other rental shoe to drop?
The total numbers are now in from this spring's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, and we are bowled over: In the largest event of its kind, activists this year went balls out, breezing past goals to strike Hyde: Together, you raised over $553,000 for abortion access!
That's more than $50,000 over the initial goal, surpassing everyone's wildest expectations--an additional amount that represents hundreds more phone calls funds can answer.
The 4th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, by the numbers:
- Individual bowlers, karaoke stars, and pool sharks: 2,008
- Teams of rollers, rebels, and rowdies: 415
- Cities that held Bowl-a-Thons, Triathlon-a-Thons, and Billiards-a-Thons: 29
- Virtual Bowl-a-Thons: 1
- Abortion funds that benefited directly from the Bowl-a-Thon: 27, including Mississippi!
- Individual donors: 10,843 donors making 12,588 donations
- Average donation: $44
- Percentage of donations $25 and under: 70
- Weekends that the volume of donations crashed the server: 1
- Smallest donation: $1.00
- Largest donation: $5,000, in the form of a matching gift that went to the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and to one of the NEWEST funds, the New Orleans Abortion Fund in the Gulf Coast region!
That's right: you raised over a half a million dollars in $25 increments. (Just imagine what the possibilities would be if Medicaid chipped in!)
There was no blue state / red state division: bowlers found support in Arkansas and California alike. From Georgia and Hawaii and yes, Alaska. From flyover country and from the coasts. And from around the world: people in places including Hong Kong, Ireland, Australia and Germany pitched in to help make this a bigger Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon than we could ever imagine!
Yes, there were LOLcats. There were gifs. There were rock stars, like The Mountain Goats, and award-winning authors, like Katha Pollitt. There were teams of activists from allied organizations, like NARAL Pro-Choice America, who know their way around a cue stick. There were bridesmaids, robots, and trophies galore. So many costumes! And the puns...oh, the puns.
But mostly there were the 2000+ bowlers who channeled their compassion and creativity into appealing to the best in their friends, their families and their neighbors. Appealing to their sense of justice, knowing that no matter what their bowling score was, or how off-key they sang, or how unlikely it was that they would ever nail a 7-2 split, that their efforts would mean that when a woman calls her abortion fund for help, that fund will have her back.
Thank you to everyone who bowled, sang, or donated for abortion access in the 4th Annual Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon. You made this the best Bowl-a-Thon yet!
April 29th, 2013
We're excited to announce that we are expanding our capacity and are now hiring for two new positions in our Boston office:
The Community Mobilization Manager will coordinate advocacy and movement-building efforts with nearly 100 member funds and other partners, and work to strengthen our network of leaders by providing training and support in key organizing, advocacy, and communications skills.
The Operations and Human Resources Director is a senior-level position responsible for administration, finance, human resources, and oversight of the fundraising team and strategy implementation.
April 13th, 2013
Congratulations to Sara "Sparo" Slater, this week's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week Winner!
Sara is bowling this weekend with the CAIR Project in Seattle, which helps women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska--Alaska!--get the abortions they need.
Her page was nominated because she really puts it all on the line: her story begins, "I was 16 years old and realized I couldn't remember my last period..."