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March 29th, 2012
With 61% of the vote, Ray beat out some tough competition and soars above over 1,400 bowlers, miniature golfers, and karaoke-ers raising money across the land in the 3rd Annual Bowl-a-Thon for Abortion Access!
March 22nd, 2012
None other than renowned author Katha Pollitt, who explains why she's breaking out the rental shoes and lays out six reasons why donors should be giving to their local abortion funds and to the National Network of Abortion Funds in the April 9, 2012 edition of The Nation:
March 13th, 2012
Ramey Noël Connelly, a volunteer with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, spoke last month at the Rally for Reproductive Rights at the Virginia State Capitol about Virginia's notorious ultrasound bill.
February 7th, 2012
Falling Between the Cracks: Why Abortion Funds Exist and How You Can Help Them Help Women, by Eesha Pandit and Steph Herold, was originally published in RH Reality Check on February 6, 2012
Melissa is 26 years old. She has a husband serving in the U.S. military overseas and a young daughter with numerous special health care needs. When they learned that she was pregnant, Melissa and her husband considered their limited resources and decided to seek an abortion. The ban on federal funding for abortion meant that this basic medical service was not covered. Melissa managed to raise half of the cost of her procedure by delaying payment of non-essential bills. The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) pledged the other half.
Erika is a 19-year-old college student with an infant. When she became pregnant, her boyfriend had recently been laid off, leaving their family uninsured. She called NYAAF for help when her family refused to offer assistance. She’d saved $100 dollars from her student loan check. NYAAF pledged the remaining $250 and Erika received the abortion care she needed.
Since 2001, the NYAAF has helped 764 women from 25 states, including Melissa and Erika 1, gain access to safe abortion care. In fact, the need for abortion funding is so great that over 100 grassroots abortion funds exist across the country, all members of the National Network of Abortion Funds. NYAAF, a member of the Network, is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to low-income women in New York state who can’t afford to pay for an abortion. This year, we’re celebrating a decade of ensuring accessible, funded abortion care in New York State.
January 27th, 2012
On January 28, 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized abortion in the case of R. v. Morgentaler.
The Court found the country’s restrictive abortion law unconstitutional because it infringed on a woman’s right to “life, liberty, and security of the person” under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which was adopted in 1982.
Unlike the United States and most countries, Canada has no operative legislation on abortion.
How did Canada get here?
January 24th, 2012
Ana Rodriguez, Executive Director of ACCESS Women's Health Justice in California, explains how barriers stand in the way of making the choices guaranteed 39 years ago by Roe v. Wade for the women she hears from every day:
January 22nd, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade court decision that was to guarantee the Constitutional right to determine whether and when to have children. But on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let's remember that for 35 of the years that abortion has been legal, low-income women have had to struggle to obtain abortion care because Congress denies funding.
January 20th, 2012
Still working to secure the promise of legal abortion for all women on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
The following post by Megan Peterson and Rachel Roth of the National Network of Abortion Funds appeared in Forbes on January 20, 2012:
Abortion has been legal in the United States for almost 40 years, but public policies put abortion out of reach for too many poor and low-income women.