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February 3rd, 2014

New abortion fund in Baltimore seeking board members!

Interested in getting involved with on-the-ground work helping women with direct assistance for abortion? Activists in Baltimore are in the process of forming a new abortion fund and they're looking for board members who want to help make sure that all women have access to the abortion care they seek.

Could this be you, or someone you know?

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January 22nd, 2014

41 years after Roe v. Wade: What's the reality in Texas?

41 years after the Supreme Court affirmed the right to an abortion, what's the reality? National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director Stephanie Poggi joined Texas abortion fund activists and abortion providers on Twitter to talk about what abortion access looks like on the ground in 2014:

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

January 13th, 2014

Why do we need abortion funds? Online chat with Lilith Fund, January 15

In November, a federal district court ruled that the far-reaching abortion restrictions signed into law by Governor Perry in Texas last summer could go into effect. Clinics across the state closed overnight, and suddenly volunteer-run abortion funds were faced with an avalanche of new calls in addition to their existing caseloads. How have they been coping with the increased demand?

Join Lindsay Rodriguez, board chair of Texas-based Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, in an online chats hosted by activist Katie Klabusich this Wednesday, January 15th:

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Categories: abortion restrictions, economic justice, Funds, Lilith Fund, unfair laws

January 10th, 2014

Stop HR7!

Every year, politicians in Congress use our nation’s budget process to deny coverage of abortion for women who get their insurance or health care through the federal government.

Now some politicians want to make those restrictions even harsher – and permanent – through HR 7, the so-called "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

HR 7 would permanently codify the punitive Hyde Amendment that denies Medicaid-eligible women their right to an abortion and withhold all federal insurance coverage of abortion, putting it out of reach for many. Denying Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

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Categories: abortion restrictions, All Above All, economic justice, Funds, health care reform, Hyde Amendment, TakeAction, 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