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July 11th, 2014

Spotlight on the New Orleans Abortion Fund

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.

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Categories: Funds, New Orleans Abortion Fund, unfair laws

June 12th, 2014

Southern abortion funds mobilize

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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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, Carolina Abortion Fund, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network, Hyde Amendment, Kentucky Support Network , Lilith Fund, Medication abortion, Misoprostol, New Orleans Abortion Fund, Practical support, TakeAction, Texas Equal Access Fund, unfair laws

April 11th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Tana, with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project!

Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Tana, bowling next week with the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project!

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."

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Funds, Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

April 5th, 2014

Chicago Abortion Fund speaks up in Springfield

"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:

Read more about how Illinois' parental notification law puts youth at risk.

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Categories: Chicago Abortion Fund, Funds, unfair laws

March 22nd, 2014

Help EMA Fund make its match!

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!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, Funds, Lilith Fund

March 21st, 2014

Tweeting for abortion access

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!

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Categories: Abortion Support Network, Bowl-a-Thon , DC Abortion Fund, Funds, Lilith Fund, Network for Reproductive Options, New York Abortion Access Fund

March 18th, 2014

March 18 - 19: Win a $50 donation for your abortion fund!

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.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Funds

March 14th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Mary D., with the Ovary-chievers in Cleveland!

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!

Mary's experience as a clinic escort brings her in close contact with patients facing incredible hardships:

"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."

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Funds, Preterm Clinic

March 12th, 2014

Don't mourn...organize!

As clinics are closing in Texas, abortion funds are responding as quickly as possible.

We're responding by organizing the Texas Practical Support Convening. Funds on the ground are responding by increasing their fundraising efforts (the Lilith Fund has Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon events in a record five cities this year, including the Rio Grande Valley!) And activists are responding by starting NEW abortion funds.

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Categories: economic justice, Fund Texas Women, Funds, Lilith Fund, Practical support, unfair laws

February 26th, 2014

"We don't do that here": the new reality in Texas

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.

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Categories: abortion providers, abortion restrictions, Funds, unfair laws