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August 30th, 2012

"Many, many people do not have $650 in their bank account..."

Danielle Boudrow volunteers with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and was one of six women voters selected by the New York Times to participate in a live video chat this week to discuss how the 2012 election affects women's lives. She was the youngest participant and the only one with experience working directly with women who are hurt by discriminatory abortion funding bans.

Here's what she had to say:

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Categories: Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform

August 28th, 2012

Corn dogs, crop art, and condoms-on-a-stick

The last few weeks of summer means State Fair season around the country -- corn dogs, crop art, and in Minnesota, at least, condoms-on-a-stick!

That's right: for the last four decades, Pro-Choice Resources (home to the Hersey Abortion Assistance Fund, one of the Network's founding members) has had a booth at the Minnesota State Fair, where their crew of volunteers greets fairgoers alongside vendors selling funnel cakes, cheese curds, and local crafts in the bustling grandstand.

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Categories: Funds, Pro-Choice Resources

August 23rd, 2012

The myth of the "rape exception," continued

Six-term Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) is in hot water for his recent comments regarding "legitimate rape," setting off a flurry of public arguments about not only the definition of rape but the circumstances under which a woman can get an abortion using her Medicaid insurance coverage.

Some background:

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws

July 11th, 2012

Requests from Ireland double for the third consecutive year

For the third consecutive year, the international abortion fund Abortion Support Network (ASN) in England will see requests for abortion funding from Irish women double.

As ASN director Mara Clarke (pictured at left) tells The Guardian, "The continued economic crisis is making it even more of a struggle for women and families to keep their heads above water and Ireland's severe abortion restrictions make it even harder for women in financial distress."

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Categories: Abortion Support Network, economic justice, Funds, International Funds, unfair laws

July 6th, 2012

BREAKING: Victory for low-income women in Oregon!

Oregon is one of the only states in the country where Medicaid covers abortion for low-income women and girls. This year, a group launched a ballot initiative campaign to ban Medicaid funding of abortion, circulating petitions and raising money to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall.

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Categories: economic justice, Funds, Medicaid

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