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January 1st, 2013
As we head into a bright new year, we look back at some of our favorite moments of 2012:
- In January, we commemorated 39 years of legal abortion by participating in the online March for Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. Over 134,000 people put themselves on the map, telling elected officials that a two-tier system of health care is unacceptable and sending the message to "Keep Abortion Safe and Legal -- and Make it Affordable and Accessible!"
- We welcomed three new abortion funds to the Network! In Arizona, Georgia, and North Carolina, there now more options for low-income women. And the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund started funding for the first time in 2012!
- We broke all records in our 3rd Annual National Bowl-a-Thon for Abortion Access--and we're looking forward to another record-busting year in 2013!
- In Minnesota, Oregon, and West Virginia, we protected access to abortion for over 275,000 low-income women, fighting attacks on state Medicaid coverage.
- Minnesota's Pro-Choice Resources opens their "gap fund," the first abortion fund in the nation to specifically help women who qualify for state Medicaid funding get their abortions without delay, instead of waiting weeks for the state to process their paperwork.
November 7th, 2012
Across the country voters spoke loud and clear this week: President Obama ran on a platform strongly supporting the right to abortion regardless of the ability to pay, and he won resoundingly.
Women won. By enormous margins, women delivered that victory.
October 27th, 2012
Guest post by Jennifer Reiter, a volunteer with London's Abortion Support Network. The Abortion Support Network (ASN) was founded in 2009 to help women who need to travel from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for a safe and legal abortion. Each year since then requests have doubled for funding, accommodation, and transportation.
When I moved to London from Chicago in 2009, I was aghast that no one recognized or celebrated one of the most life-saving pieces of legislation in the history of the United Kingdom, the 1967 Abortion Act legalizing abortion in the UK. The Act, which was passed on 27 October 1967 and came into effect on 27 April 1968, was truly great advance for women’s health. Before 1967, more women died of unsafe abortion than any other pregnancy-related cause.
In contrast, in the US the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is a huge annual celebration every January and often includes dazzling fundraising gala events. I even remember one year that then-Senator Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at which I worked one wintry anniversary. So why weren’t pro-choice campaigns and charities in the UK taking advantage of this landmark date in October by celebrating, speaking out and raising much-needed funds?
The following year I was introduced to the Abortion Support Network (ASN).
October 20th, 2012
We are proud to announce that Stacey Burns, our stellar Online Communications Manager, has been nominated as one of nineteen bloggers, social media gurus, activists, and new media makers for gender justice for the 2012 Women's Media Center Social Media Award!
The Women's Media Center, which makes women visible and powerful in the media, selected nominees whose "work combines digital savvy with conscience and passion."
October 2nd, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012 was the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion and the following day the largest demonstration for abortion rights in 20 years took place in Dublin, Ireland, where Mara Clarke of the UK's only abortion fund, the Abortion Support Network, spoke to thousands of activists on the need for universal access to safe abortion.
An excerpt from Ms. Clarke's speech:
September 30th, 2012
On September 30, 1976, the House of Representatives passed the Hyde Amendment, banning federal Medicaid funding of abortion. And every year since, the Hyde Amendment has been included in the federal budget. For 36 years, this ban has burdened the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. For 36 years, the Hyde Amendment has singled out abortion coverage, targeting low-income women, young women, women serving in the military, Native American women, rural women, and women of color.
September 28th, 2012
September 28 is the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion. Today, we celebrate the work that our international funds are doing to minimize the dangers of unsafe abortion in countries where abortion is a crime, and the work that grassroots abortion funds do here at home.
September 19th, 2012
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:
September 13th, 2012
Q: What could be better than helping a woman in the Texas panhandle struggling to get the care she needs?
A: Helping two Texans!
UPDATE: The Texas Equal Access Fund reports that they raised over $12,000 to help women in North Texas in a single day! Thank you so much to all who took part!