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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

February 21st, 2014

WV Free working to defeat a ban on 20-week abortions in West Virginia

"Women want to have healthy pregnancies. They want to have healthy children. But sometimes pregnancies go wrong." -- Margaret Chapman Pomponio, Executive Director of WV Free, interviewed in the West Virginia Metro News

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Categories: Funds, unfair laws, WV FREE

February 6th, 2014

Alaska's abortion funding restrictions blocked for now

Last month, in a move sure to hurt low-income women in the largest US state, Alaska's Lieutenant Governor filed rules that would eliminate most Medicaid coverage of abortion. Alaska is one of only 15 states that currently covers abortion as part of pregnancy care under state Medicaid.

On January 29, Planned Parenthood sued the Alaska state health commissioner over the new rules, stating:

"State Medicaid in Alaska can't single out abortions and treat them differently from other Medicaid services." Joshua Decker, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest

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Categories: abortion restrictions, Medicaid, unfair laws