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June 25th, 2012

Remembering the origins of the Hyde Amendment

The last week of June is a bad one in the history of women’s rights.

Two events bookend this dismal week.

First, on June 24, 1976, Representative Henry Hyde introduced the devastating amendment that bears his name. (Congress adopted the Hyde Amendment later that year, cutting off federal Medicaid funding for abortion.)

Then, on June 30, 1980, the Supreme Court upheld the Hyde Amendment in a decision called Harris v. McRae.

Although the Court ruled against the women and health care providers who brought the lawsuit, four of the nine justices on the Court wrote passionate dissenting opinions expressing their conviction that the Constitution does protect Medicaid funding for abortion.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Hyde Amendment, TakeAction, unfair laws

June 20th, 2012

Take action: support immigrant women's health care!

We stand in solidarity with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and a broad coalition of reproductive health and immigrants' rights groups in opposing the punitive Aderholt Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

The Aderholt Amendment duplicates and builds on the Hyde Amendment by banning federal funding of abortion for women in immigration detention centers, effectively taking away any option to end a pregnancy -- despite high rates of sexual assault and abuse in detention facilities. A cruel measure, this provision singles out and targets immigrant women at their most vulnerable. The House of Representatives passed this bill earlier this month but the Senate Appropriations Committee still has not passed it.

Speak out against this unfair and unnecessary restriction! Click here to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to support a DHS Appropriations bill with NO added restrictions on women's health care!

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Categories: abortion restrictions, immigrants' rights, TakeAction, unfair laws

May 30th, 2012

Sharing your hopes and dreams for the future

"Abortion is about women's hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for women." - George Tiller, M.D., 1941-2009

Thursday, May 31st is the third anniversary of Dr. George Tiller’s murder in Wichita, Kansas. It is a somber day, a day of reflection. Dr. Tiller risked his life for women because he knew that it’s not just about abortion. 

It's about self-detemination.
It's about treating women with dignity.
It's about control over our own bodies.

These should not be privileges. Every woman deserves the opportunity to determine the path of her own life, and no woman is less deserving of that simply because she has less money. 

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Categories: abortion providers, Funds, George Tiller Memorial Fund

April 24th, 2012

The MARIA Fund: supporting women’s access to abortion in Mexico

Today marks the fifth anniversary of legal first trimester abortion in Mexico City. On April 24, 2007, the Mexico City Legislature voted to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court of Mexico upheld the law in 2008.

Because Mexico City is the third largest city in the world, this policy change benefits hundreds of thousands of women with access to free, legal abortion services. The policy also lays bare a need among women in other parts of the country to travel to the capital to obtain safe and legal abortion care.

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Categories: Funds, International Funds

April 16th, 2012

"I'm raising money so people can see a doctor!"

"I'm going bowling later! I'm raising money so people can see a doctor!" -- Avital Norman Nathman's 5-year old son was excited to bowl with the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts in the first big weekend of the 3rd Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Funds, Lilith Fund

April 13th, 2012

One down, 31 to go! April is National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon month!

On Wednesday, the first Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon--er, TRIATHLON, in this case--of the season was a roaring, soaring, balls-out success! Congratulations, EMA Fund!!!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

March 31st, 2012

DOUBLE your impact: this weekend only!

UPDATE: Not only did the EMA Fund raise $4,311 for the EMA Fund over the weekend, they raised the same amount for the Abortion Access Network of Arizona!!! THANK YOU TO ALL WHO GAVE!!!

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Categories: Abortion Access Network of Arizona, Bowl-a-Thon , Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, TakeAction

March 29th, 2012

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week WINNER!

Congratulations to Ray Perkins, Team Glory Bole of Oregon's Network for Reproductive Options, winner of the BOWL-A-THON PAGE OF THE WEEK, March 22-28!

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!

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