unfair laws

January 10th, 2014

Alaska to restrict Medicaid funding of abortion

In a move sure to have devastating effects on low-income Alaska residents, the state is set to begin restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion as of February 2. Currently, only 15 states cover abortion with state Medicaid funding; if these restrictions go into effect as expected, that number will drop to 14.

Alaska is a state twice the size of Texas and only has 8 abortion providers. Simply getting an appointment can be a logistical puzzle that results in expensive delays for treatment, and with so few providers covering such a vast area, women often need to book a flight to get an abortion, increasing their costs.

Eliminating coverage for abortion will further reduce access for women who are already struggling to make ends meet.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws

November 18th, 2013

Texas telethon tonight!

Update: Last night's telethon raised over $54,000 for Texas abortion funds! Thank you to the New York Abortion Access Fund and Lizz Winstead for all their work organizing this event and for standing in solidarity with Texas!

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Lilith Fund, Melissa Harris-Perry Show, New York Abortion Access Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

November 18th, 2013

CAIR Project on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show

"What do you do if you need an abortion but you are too poor to afford one? For many women, the answer is: you turn to the only people who are willing and able to help—abortion funds." — Melissa Harris-Perry, 11/16/2013

In 2011 and 2012, states enacted record numbers of abortion restrictions, and abortion funds are now seeing the effect of these restrictions firsthand. Over the weekend, Melissa Harris-Perry spoke with Trina Stout of The CAIR Project, an all-volunteer abortion fund that helps women and girls in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, CAIR Project, economic justice, Funds, unfair laws

November 8th, 2013

Thanks to you, we met the match! $20,000 to help Texas women!

You pushed us over the top on our Texas Solidarity matching gift -- meaning that we are now able to give $10,000 to Texas abortion funds to DIRECTLY help people who need it now more than ever. Thank you so much!

A week ago today, people were waking up to calls from their clinics -- appointments were cancelled, waiting periods doubled, travel costs increased.

We asked for your help to raise $20,000 in one week funds to help cover these extra expenses. And for every dollar you gave to the National Network of Abortion Funds, a generous donor matched your gift to go directly to abortion funds in Texas, up to $10,000.

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Categories: Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

November 6th, 2013

Texans reeling from impact of new abortion laws

Since last week's surprise ruling from the federal circuit court that closed nearly a third of Texas' abortion clinics, abortion fund volunteers have been scrambling to get resources where they're needed most. In a state with an area so large that it would engulf most of Europe, this is no small undertaking.

"We've never seen anything quite as dramatic as this," says Megan Peterson, NNAF's Deputy Director, in an interview with the Texas Observer. "With so many clinics closing so suddenly, the loss is huge."

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Lilith Fund, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

November 2nd, 2013

Texas solidarity: double your gift!

The news broke on Thursday night: a higher court overruled last week's decision that portions of Texas' omnibus abortion bill were unconstitutional.

Overnight, clinics closed. Just like that. There was barely time to notify clinic staff.

As of today, at least nine of the state's abortion clinics have already closed. Hundreds of women received calls this morning to say their appointments had to be cancelled – indefinitely. Both abortion clinics in the Texas' Rio Grande Valley, home to the two poorest cities in the entire country, have closed for now.

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Categories: Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

October 1st, 2013


On the 37th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, National Network of Abortion Funds' Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined local abortion funds on Twitter to discuss the impact of nearly four decades of a ban on Medicaid funding of abortion and to look towards a future without the Hyde Amendment.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion restrictions, Carolina Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, Lilith Fund, Medicaid, New York Abortion Access Fund, Pro-Choice Resources, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

September 29th, 2013

Twitter Q&A with Stephanie Poggi and abortion funds

Join Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, and abortion fund advocates from the front lines in a public conversation about the damaging impact of four decades of banning Medicaid funding for abortion and the role that abortion funds are playing in a renewed movement to restore public funding.

Where: Twitter (follow us @AbortionFunds)
When: Monday, September 30
Time: 2-3 pm EST
Hashtag: #Hyde37

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Hyde Amendment, unfair laws

September 28th, 2013

Access is everything: Mind the gap

Why do we fund abortions? Listen to members of the National Network of Abortion Funds tell you why abortion access matters, in their own words.

We will never stop funding abortions for people can't otherwise afford abortion care. And we'll never stop our advocacy to remove funding bans that deny low-income communities and women of color the ability to make their own decisions. Join us.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, economic justice, Funds, unfair laws

September 27th, 2013

Walling off access: medication abortion restrictions

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.

Read the full post here.

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.

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Categories: Abortion Access Month, abortion providers, abortion restrictions, TakeAction, unfair laws