September 30th, 2014
September 30, 2014 marks the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which passed in 1976. A direct response to the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion just three years earlier, the Hyde Amendment was the first of many restrictions on abortion, and denied Medicaid patients the right to an abortion. Later restrictions followed: federal employees, U.S. military personnel and their families, Peace Corps volunteers, Indian Health Service recipients, federal prisoners, and people with disabilities covered by Medicare — all denied abortion coverage.
The intent of the Hyde Amendment is to make it more difficult for low-income women to get the abortions they need. It is the backdrop to all abortion funds. It is the backdrop to our stories.
On the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment we are proud to share the stories and voices of abortion fund activists collected and recorded by StoryCorps at the National Network of Abortion Funds 20th Anniversary Summit held in Oakland, California in June 2013.
September 29th, 2014
While this September marks another sad anniversary of the restrictive Hyde Amendment, ACCESS Women’s Health Justice in Oakland, Calilfornia will be doing what they've been doing since 1993: helping women get the care they need without delay. From a small group of volunteer clinic escorts, this fund has grown into a national reproductive justice powerhouse.
Check out the fund spotlight on ACCESS!
July 11th, 2014
TIme to shine a spotlight on one of the many grassroots abortion funds working to change the world: the New Orleans Abortion Fund! This fund helps people who live on the Gulf Coast and is a founding member of the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, which fights unfair laws in their community (NOAF members seen here presenting thousands of petitions to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office.)
As one of the newest abortion funds in the country nears the second anniversary of their founding, they face some tremendous challenges: at least three of the state's five clinics are likely to close in September, just as laws in the neighboring state of Texas force more clinics to go dark.
June 12th, 2014
In response to drastic limits on abortion access resulting from last summer's disastrous bills in Texas, abortion funds on the ground mobilized immediately. This ongoing crisis has actually produced new abortion funds, including practical support networks that help with travel, shelter, and other logistics. We have been working closely with people in affected areas to help these emerging funds coordinate efforts, and we've offered assistance in multiple ways so that as clinics close, barriers multiply, and expenses increase far beyond what is feasible, volunteers and agencies are prepared to direct women to resources.
But even as abortion fund activists work to meet the needs of women traveling ever farther distances to get an abortion in Texas, a wave of copycat restrictions is rolling over neighboring states, threatening to close most of the few remaining clinics in neighboring states.
This is why we've been working with activists in these states — with the New Orleans Abortion Fund, with the Georgia Reproductive Access Network, the Carolina Abortion Fund, the Kentucky Support Network, with emerging funds in Mississippi and Alabama — to bolster their efforts and strengthen a network of access across a broad swath of the American south.
And now we need your help.
We are recruiting activists who have an interest in learning more about starting a fund, with a renewed focus on South Carolina, Arkansas, and Alabama.
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April 11th, 2014
Tana's story is incredibly powerful and moving.
She starts by saying, "I'm bowling for abortion access because abortion funds helped me when I needed an abortion, and I want to make sure that everyone has access to the same options I did."
And from there, the details are wrenching.
Abortion fund volunteers know her dilemma well: because of her high-risk pregnancy and condition, Tana's doctor strongly advised her to seek an abortion. But because her pregnancy had progressed past 12 weeks, her insurance would not cover an abortion unless she was hemorrhaging heavily.
A mother of three, Tana could not believe what she was hearing:
"In other words, they could not help unless I was literally dying right there and then."
April 5th, 2014
"Youth deserve access to reproductive health and abortion services!" Chicago Abortion Fund's Deputy Director Brittany Mostiller speaks out against Illinois' parental notification law. Watch here:
March 22nd, 2014
UPDATE as of 8:00 am Monday, March 24: In just 72 hours, the Eastern Massachusetts Fund raised $8,349 for abortion access--$5,000 of which will be matched for Texas' West Fund!
THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Thanks to a generous donor, the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund will match the first $5,000 donated between Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 23 to the new West Fund in El Paso, Texas. That means when you donate any amount to any bowler (er, triathlete) or team with EMA Fund's 5th Annual Bowl-a-Thon, your donation will count twice: once for a caller to the EMA Fund, and once to someone in the literal desert of West Texas abortion access! Click here to get in on it!
March 21st, 2014
When Abortion Support Network founder Mara Clarke offered a Bowl-a-Thon donation, bowlers hopped to it. Congratulations to all players AND to the winner!
March 18th, 2014
Are you participating in the 5th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon? Tweet your reason for bowling and you could land a $50 donation for your local abortion fund! Best tweet by 5 pm EST March 19th will win:
Mara is the director of the UK's Abortion Support Network, one of the international abortion funds in the Network. The Abortion Support Network chiefly helps women who are traveling from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, to London, and who must pay for all expenses out of pocket.
March 14th, 2014
Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Mary D., longtime volunteer clinic escort with Preterm Clinic in Cleveland, bowling with the Ovary-chievers team for the Preterm Access Fund!
"I have been a volunteer escort at Preterm for 4 years. I have witnessed the dedicated and compassionate staff that works there. People seeking help at Preterm already have so many obstacles to go through. Many of Preterm's clients come from out of state. I have spoken to people from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia."