February 26th, 2014
It's not the first time a woman has been forced to pawn her wedding ring to help pay for an abortion she needs. And it won't be the last.
As state legislatures continue banning abortion after 20 weeks, stories like Sarah Guler's, which Carolyn Jones tells in the Texas Observer this month, are becoming more and more common.
Sarah and her husband live in Texas. When she was 19 weeks pregnant, they received the devastating news that their baby had a brain condition that meant it would likely not survive birth. Moreover, because of the ban that went into effect last fall, they had only a week to find a doctor who could help them with their impossible choice. Sarah's own doctor was not able to help: "We don't do that here," he told her. In the end, they had no choice at all: they had to leave the state for an abortion.
September 27th, 2013
For Abortion Access Month, the National Women's Health Network shines a spotlight on medication abortion, which can be taken very early in pregnancy and is available in some states via long-distance consultation with medical providers, potentially reducing travel time and expense for people who live far from an abortion clinic. However, politicians are taking dramatic steps to prevent the availability of this alternative.
Excerpted from "Stop State Attacks on Medication Abortion!" by Kate Ryan, Senor Program Coordinator, National Women's Health Network, and Chris Olah, Senior Associate, Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
This month marks the 13th anniversary of U.S. approval of Mifeprex, the “early abortion pill,” which provides women with greater access to abortion care across the country.
When personal healthcare decisions need to be made, people appreciate having options available, and abortion care is no different. Access to medication abortion means that women in the U.S. can terminate a pregnancy without a surgical procedure, at lower cost, and can carry out some or all of the process in their own home. Unfortunately, attacks on abortion access by ultra-conservatives are restricting women's access to this safe and effective option for early abortions. These state legislative attacks run the gamut from restricting who can administer the abortion pill to limiting where or how it can be given to women.
August 16th, 2013
Update: Thank you so much to all who contacted Attorney General Morrisey. You spoke up loud and clear -- comments are now closed, but we will keep you posted on the upcoming rally in Charleston on Tuesday, August 20th and how you can participate from afar.
State by state, politicians are seizing on copycat regulations targeting abortion providers as a way to limit abortion access -- and now West Virginia's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is trying to personally get in on the action. He bypassed the West Virginia legislature and is calling for a "review" of abortion clinic regulations, with the aim of closing down the state's last two clinics.
Attorney General Morrisey is inviting public comment "from West Virginia and elsewhere." Click here to tell him: stop targeting abortion providers!
May 30th, 2012
"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.
September 7th, 2011
Jennie Linn McCormack is a mother of three living on less than $250 a month in southeastern Idaho, hundreds of miles from the nearest abortion provider. Arrested for terminating a pregnancy with pills she bought online last year, now she's fighting back: she has filed a lawsuit saying that Idaho's 1972 law against self-induced abortion discriminates against low-income women who are left with no other options.
January 25th, 2011
Last week an unlicensed practitioner performing abortions in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Philadelphia was arrested and charged with the murder of seven infants and one woman who died in his custody.
As details come to light, we at the National Network of Abortion Funds are horrified at the news, and I wanted to let you know where we stand on this situation.
December 22nd, 2010
Thank you to RH Reality Check for putting together one of the best end-of-year lists out there--it's not a contest, but an arena for some well-deserved recognition and love for many of 2010's most passionate and righteous activists who work hard every day to create real change and "promote sexual and reproductive justice, environmental justice, women's human rights and the rights of LGBT persons."
December 2nd, 2010
A Women's Medical Fund Special Forum: Abortion and Mental Health: Facts & Myths
November 10th, 2010
[Photo: The Chicago Abortion Fund poses with Dr. Carhart during their trip to defend his clinic.]
Dr. Carhart refuses to allow a new restrictive law in Nebraska to stop him from serving women.
In late October, a new Nebraska law took effect which bans abortion after 20 weeks. As a result, Dr. Carhart will be opening two new clinics in Iowa and Maryland and will expand an exisiting clinic in Indiana.