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March 15th, 2013

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Val, with "Chalk It Up for Choice"!

Congratulations to Val, this week's Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week winner!

Val knows her audience. She unabashedly manipulates our tribal instincts, pitting cat people and dog people against one another in her zeal for getting more donations for the DC Abortion Fund, and as of this date is a third of her way to her goal.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, DC Abortion Fund

March 8th, 2013

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Jennifer, with Les Superchouettes!

Congratulations to Jennifer, aka "S'might," of Les Superchouettes, this week's Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week!

What makes Jennifer's page so great? She received multiple nominations, every one of which mentioned that THERE IS FRENCH ON HER BOWL-A-THON PAGE. Pretty impressive, non? Jennifer is bowling to help the Network for Reproductive Options in Eugene, Oregon, because even the powers of wizardry can't keep the price of abortion from going up. Even though Oregon stands out as the only state with no abortion restrictions, the Network for Reproductive Options talks to hundreds of women a year who are not able to come up with the $500 minimum for an abortion on short notice.

And what else makes Jennifer herself so great? She started this fund back in 2002 when the only listed abortion provider in Eugene had to close its doors. In an interview in 2010, she said, "To me, it's a justice issue. Women should be able to get abortions if they need them, whether or not they can pay for them and no matter where they live." Oui!

Bonne chance, Les Superchouettes!

To check out past winners and nominate a page of the week, click here. Every Friday we will showcase a new winner!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Network for Reproductive Options

March 7th, 2013

Hyde hurts...and Helms hurts, too

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!

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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

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Dylan, with the Freedom Rollers

Congratulations to Dylan, captain of the Freedom Rollers, this week's Bowl-a-Thon page of the week!

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!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Carolina Abortion Fund

February 22nd, 2013

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Colin, with the Fighting Marus

Congratulations to Colin of the Fighting Marus, this week's Bowl-a-Thon page of the week!

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!

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Categories: ACCESS Women's Health Justice, Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week

February 19th, 2013

Abortion fund activists push for local and national funding reforms

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.

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Categories: economic justice, health care reform, New York Abortion Access Fund, unfair laws, Women's Medical Fund (Pennsylvania)

February 15th, 2013

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Feminist Drinking Club

Congratulations to the Feminist Drinking Club, this week's Bowl-a-Thon page of the week!

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!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, CAIR Project

February 14th, 2013

4th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon

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!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , TakeAction

February 8th, 2013

Blizzard hitting Northeast may affect patients seeking help

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.

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Categories: Funds, George Tiller Memorial Fund

February 6th, 2013

We're hiring! New position: Operations and HR Director

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!

Click here to download a complete description.

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Categories: jobs