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.
September 25th, 2013
Earlier this week abortion fund activists shared a few of the things they say to people who call for assistance. Here are just a few of the things abortion fund advocates report that callers have sacrificed to get one step closer to an abortion they need:
What would you sell?
Please take action today and sign the petition to repeal the Hyde Amendment. No one should have to sacrifice basic necessities just to get the health care that is their right.
September 19th, 2013
Sarah Tuttle is on the board of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity in Texas. This morning, she delivered an excellent Twitter treatise on Abortion Access Month -- as an abortion fund volunteer, she has a firsthand view of the damaging effects of longstanding bans on abortion funding and the dwindling access to abortion services in her state.
September 9th, 2013
Abortion has been legal in the US for more than 40 years. But roadblocks, detours, delays and staggering costs all mean that abortion is nearly out of reach for many. It's time for a conversation about why so many people are kept at the margins, and what that means for their lives.
To download and share the infographic, above:
September 5th, 2013
By National Network of Abortion Fund board members Eesha Pandit and Verónica Bayetti Flores. Cross-posted from Feministing.
What does it really take to get an abortion in America?
September is Abortion Access Month, and an important time to think about this question. As it turns out, it takes quite a bit to get an abortion in this country, and as states across the nation pile on waiting periods, ultrasound requirements, bans, and other barriers, accessing safe and legal abortion care is becoming more difficult by the day. One of the biggest hurdles for folks seeking abortion care is the fact that, for many, it is quite simply unaffordable. Who are the folks that cannot afford abortion care?
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!
July 19th, 2013
Watch Katherine Miller, a volunteer with the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, as she's interviewed by ABC News in Austin, Texas, on the day that Governor Rick Perry signed sweeping abortion restrictions into law: "It's very important that people understand what access really means. It's not just for rich women. These laws make it so that only certain women of certain means are going to be able to access medical care."
July 15th, 2013
Sarah Slaman, an abortion rights activist in Texas, whose testimony to the Texas Senate went viral after she was escorted off the floor, was interviewed by Joy Reid on The Ed Show over the weekend. Asked what's needed next, she says, "We're going to NEED abortion funds, especially for women west of I-35."
July 3rd, 2013
The National Network of Abortion Funds joins a diverse coalition of 52 organizations representing advocates for low-income women and women of color, youth communities, people of faith, health care providers, and voting rights advocates to defend District of Columbia's budget autonomy and lift the ban on Medicaid abortion coverage in DC.
June 28th, 2013
By Eesha Pandit, Board Member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. A version of this originally appeared at RH Reality Check on June 27, 2013.
This is such a simple concept that I can't believe we still have to say it, but we do:
The legal right to an abortion means nothing to a person who can’t get to the clinic, the person who can’t speak the language spoken in the clinic, the person who doesn’t have enough money to pay for it, the person who doesn’t have the documentation required.
Texas State Senator Wendy Davis knows it. That’s why she stood for 12 hours in a dramatic filibuster on the floor of the Senate. State Senator Leticia Van De Putte knows it. That’s why she left her father’s funeral, drove 3 hours and arrived on the Senate floor to speak against Texas Senate Bill 5. Also in the know are the hundreds of people, men and women alike, who protested their hearts out for hours—and days—on end and ultimately were the ones who pushed the special session to an end before a vote could be reached on the regressive bill that would make abortion inaccessible to millions of Texans.