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March 22nd, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Anne Phillips, with EMA Fund's Lara Croft's Womb Raiders!

Congratulations to Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon Page of the Week WINNER Anne Phillips, with the Bowl-a-Thon--er, Triathlon*--Team Lara Croft's Womb Raiders, for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund!

Anne Phillips is in her 4th year as a volunteer board member with the EMA Fund, and she knows exactly what it feels like to talk to someone at the end of her rope, someone who has already exhausted every last resource, called in every last favor, looked in every last corner as the clock ticks down. It's tough work:

"For someone facing an unwanted pregnancy, every week counts. Prices go up $100-200 after certain cut-off weeks, and for someone who's $100 short and has no health insurance, our grant is critical."

It's tough work, but Lara Croft's Womb Raiders are ON IT.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund, 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 Choice, Funds, Lilith Fund, Practical support, unfair laws

March 7th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Amy "Bimanual" Gordon!

Congratulations to this week's Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER Amy "Bimanual" Gordon, a soon-to-be nurse-midwife bowling on the Yale Nursing Students for Choice team for the New York Abortion Access Fund!

Amy takes her job as a soon-to-be-licensed nurse midwife seriously. 

"Childbirth and parenthood, when freely chosen, is a journey to be celebrated and supported. And for that free choice to mean anything at all, we must equally celebrate and support the ability to opt out of parenthood when it isn't right. That means comprehensive and sex-positive education in schools. It means access to safe, affordable, and appropriate birth control. And, because our contraceptive technologies will never be perfect--and neither will we--it means unfettered access to abortion."

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, New York Abortion Access Fund

February 28th, 2014

Bowl-a-Thon page of the week: Aspen, with the Lilith Fund's "FANGtastics"!

Congratulations to Aspen Webster, the first Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week WINNER of 2014!

Aspen won this week because she received LOTS OF NOMINATIONS. But she won us over with her compelling pitch. Kind of leaves a lump in your throat, right?

"As a Lilith Fund hotline caller, I talk to people every month who have to make tough decisions about their lives and their families.

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon , Bowl-a-Thon Page of the Week, Lilith Fund

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

February 24th, 2014

5th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon

Registration is underway for the 5th Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! Click here for all the resources: team names, Bowl-a-Thon badges, downloads and more. Click here to find an event and register your team!

For the 5th year in a row, we're going to strike!

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Categories: Bowl-a-Thon

February 24th, 2014

Betsy Vandercook, President of Michigan's Fountain Street Church Choice Fund

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing earlier this month of Betsy Vandercook, long-standing President of Michigan's Fountain Street Church Choice Fund.

We mourn the loss and celebrate the life of our dear friend, a fierce and compassionate leader whose vision and determination made this strong fund a beacon for women and girls who otherwise would have had no options. Her life is a reminder that many abortion funds are rooted in the faith community, and our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

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Categories: Funds