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.
April 10th, 2013
President Obama unveiled his 2014 budget this morning. We commend the President for striking restrictions on D.C. funding of abortion for low-income women in his budget and for moving to lessen some of the restrictions on coverage for women in the Peace Corps. However, we join many other groups in the women’s health and rights community in our disappointment that he did not take a critical step toward lifting the current Medicaid coverage ban. President Obama could have taken this historic opportunity at the dawn of his second term in office to present a clean budget to Congress; he did not.
April 4th, 2013
North Dakota. Mississippi. Arkansas. Virginia. Texas. Sometimes it can seem like we're fighting a losing battle. But in fact, in many places we're gaining ground!
At RH Reality Check, Susan Schewel with the Women's Medical Fund and Megan Smith, founder of the Repeal Hyde Art Project, talk about recent successes in Philadelphia, Cambridge, New York City, and Austin and remind us that:
Choice is meaningless without access, and we can be the ones to push for change. If we want all people to have access to care across the United States, we must create newsworthy initiatives calling for an expansion rather than a retraction of coverage, and we must call upon our elected representatives to do the same.
March 7th, 2013
On March 7, 2013 we joined the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights, Forward Together, Ipas, SisterSong, and several abortion funds in an online chat to talk about the impact of abortion funding restrictions on rural women, women in poverty and women of color--both in the United States and, via the Helms Amendment, well beyond our borders. Check out the slide show for some highlights of our discussion!
Categories: abortion restrictions, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, Hyde Amendment, immigrants' rights, International Funds, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, unfair laws
February 19th, 2013
Local abortion funds help women and girls pay for abortions they would otherwise not be able to afford--and they also work for fair laws that respect the lives and futures of all women. In just the past month, two abortion funds have fought for policy changes--and won! City and state efforts to restore Medicaid funding are taking root across the country, and abortion fund activists are instrumental in this push.