News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:05:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 https://abortionfunds.org/cms/assets/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon3-32x32.jpg News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org 32 32 We reject the new administration’s stance on abortion. https://abortionfunds.org/reject-new-administrations-stance/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:09:40 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6692 Today we mourn as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and Michael Pence as the Vice President of the United States. Together, these two men create a dangerous recipe for anyone seeking an abortion in our nation, and abroad. The Trump-Pence Administration’s inauguration comes only days ahead of the […]

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Today we mourn as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and Michael Pence as the Vice President of the United States. Together, these two men create a dangerous recipe for anyone seeking an abortion in our nation, and abroad. The Trump-Pence Administration’s inauguration comes only days ahead of the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States; a Constitutional protection the new administration has vowed to overturn. This is a disgrace to the people of our nation.

The President was not elected on a mandate. In fact, over three million more votes were cast to move our nation in a different direction — a direction that sought to grow bold protections for abortion access, LGBTQ people, and our immigrant communities. The President and his administration have an obligation to maintain and expand healthcare access, including abortion care, for everyone, no matter their income or zip code. Instead, they plan to destroy the Affordable Care Act, deny Medicaid recipients the ability to get access healthcare at the provider of their choice, including Planned Parenthood, and make the unjust and discriminatory Hyde Amendment and Helms Amendment permanent law. For over 40 years, policies like the Hyde Amendment have created a two-tiered health system — one for those who can afford abortion care, and one for those who cannot. This systemic discrimination against marginalized communities has no place in our healthcare.

Access to abortion is at a historic low. Despite the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of abortion access last June, states are trying their hardest to regulate abortion out of existence. We need a leader who believes that people can make their own decisions about their pregnancies, not someone who uses the tremendous power of his office to frighten, intimidate, and ‘punish’ people who seek abortions. We will not sit by as the President and Vice President smother the nation with their dangerous and blatantly unconstitutional anti-pregnancy policies, and condemn more people to jail for their abortions and miscarriages.

We will rally against the devastation this administration has already promised to bring. We will organize against the injustices they promise. We will speak out in support of people who seek abortions. We will be the ones we have been waiting for; the ones who know that abortion cannot simply be legal, but that it must truly be accessible for all of us.

Through compassion and community organizing, we will continue to fund abortion, and build the resiliency of our networks. We will continue to fight so that we’re all able to safely decide if, when, and how to become a parent, and raise our families free from harm, stigma, and shame. We will continue to dream of a world where we all have the rights and resources to decide how to create and grow our families.

We will never stop fighting to exist as we are, forge families with love, and live in nourishing communities where all of our reproductive decisions are received with trust and affirmation.

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Unite to Resist the End of Legal Abortion Access https://abortionfunds.org/roe-anniversary-2017/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:50:51 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6679 When Justice Harry Blackmun authored the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, it legalized abortion across the nation. That moment should have meant the end of having to scrounge just to afford a common medical procedure and travel across state lines to get care. It wasn’t. Rather, it marked the beginning of anti-abortion […]

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When Justice Harry Blackmun authored the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973, it legalized abortion across the nation. That moment should have meant the end of having to scrounge just to afford a common medical procedure and travel across state lines to get care. It wasn’t. Rather, it marked the beginning of anti-abortion politicians obsessively denying people the freedom to decide when and how to grow their families.

The incremental barriers politicians are placing in front of those seeking abortion access may have been invisible before, but now they’re in danger of becoming insurmountable, and impacting every pregnant person in our nation.

The fate of the Affordable Care Act and the fundamental right to abortion access are becoming immediate targets of the new administration. We know this administration will pass abortion bans and aims to make the Hyde Amendment permanent law as fast as it can. It won’t end there. Our contraception, sex education, and supports for pregnant and parenting people may be next.

Our nation elected a President who believes people who have abortions should be ‘punished’ and a Vice President who believes that people who have abortions or miscarriages should be forced to have a funeral for the fetus. Anyone who becomes pregnant could be subject to these horrific policies that place politicians’ ideologies ahead of family decisions and medical recommendations. Already, we are witnessing women who had miscarriages or induced their own abortions being arrested and spending years in jail. Even after the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ unconstitutional abortion restrictions last year, politicians are spending their days trying to outlaw abortion. This is not the legacy that Roe v. Wade guaranteed us.

The majority of people in the United States believe that denying abortion access based on where someone lives or how much money they make is discriminatory. And those of us working at abortion funds know from experience and data that people of color and single mothers are being hit the hardest by these restrictions, which is just plain racist.

At the National Network of Abortion Funds and member organizations across the country, every single day we hear from those of us who are most affected by discriminatory policies. From funding and rides, to childcare, translations, and overnight housing, abortion funds are holding a crucial line of defense to ensure that abortion stays truly accessible.

Abortion restrictions, specifically designed to chip away at the core protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade, force people who call abortion funds to forgo groceries and cut back on meals for their families, or delay paying rent just to afford this basic, good, and necessary healthcare. Without a national paid leave policy, they’re forced to take time off of work, unpaid, to get an abortion, often risking losing employment altogether. As abortion clinics are shuttered, they are forced to travel hundreds of miles, out of their home states, to access care. Some are forced to take matters into their own hands because they simply cannot make the trip for an abortion. This is an injustice that cannot stand.

We are living in troubling times. The presidential election uncovered some of the deepest wounds of our nation – racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, classism, homophobia and transphobia. The future holds many uncertainties. But one thing is abundantly clear: we cannot continue to fight single issue movements.

The fight for abortion access is intertwined with every other social justice issue.

If you care about economic inequality and living wages, we need you to join the fight to ensure everyone can afford healthcare, including abortion.

If you care about access to contraception, infertility, miscarriage, LGBTQ parenting, adoption, and young parents, this is the year you must join the movement to ensure everyone has full access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion.

If you haven’t considered how the destruction of abortion rights is a slippery slope for your own healthcare and your family, now is the time to rally in support. If believe everyone should be able to create their own families on their own terms, we need you!

Even if you have been in the fight for abortion access for years, now is the time to double down, show your commitment, and start practicing daily acts of resistance. No act is to big or too small.

Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. There’s no better time to get real about what that means for our policies and our relationships.

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Individual Membership Now Available! https://abortionfunds.org/individual-membership/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:11:11 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6403 Declare your support for abortion funds and commitment to act for abortion access during National Network of Abortion Fund’s inaugural membership campaign! By becoming a member you make the following declaration: I am an inaugural member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. I will support the work and power of local abortion funds. I […]

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Declare your support for abortion funds and commitment to act for abortion access during National Network of Abortion Fund’s inaugural membership campaign!

By becoming a member you make the following declaration:

I am an inaugural member of the National Network of Abortion Funds. I will support the work and power of local abortion funds. I will build power with my fellow members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.


How membership works:

Individual members pay $25 in dues annually, which defrays the cost of administering membership (and is not a substitute for donations to NNAF or donations to member abortion funds). You will receive an inaugural membership t-shirt, as well as regular (no more than monthly) updates and action alerts from National Network of Abortion Funds and funds in your region.

Your contact information will not be shared with anyone, except for the fund you choose to anchor your membership.

Anchored membership:

As an individual member of the National Network of Abortion Funds you can anchor your membership with a local abortion fund of your choice. This means that your dues, after t-shirt and shipping costs, will be split with the fund you choose. Your name will also be added to that funds email list if they communicate through a listserve.

If you don’t see your local fund on the list, it’s because as an autonomous organization they opted not to be listed at this time. You can still contact them directly to find out how best to support.

Learn more about abortion funds:

Discover funds in places of importance of you by reviewing our map of local abortion funds. If you would like to sign up for email updates and make donations to additional funds you can do so here!

Questions about individual membership or interested in a sliding scale for your dues payment? Contact us at membership@abortionfunds.org.

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We’re Hiring: Executive Assistant https://abortionfunds.org/were-hiring-executive-assistant/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:42:06 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6629 We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: January 24, 2017 at 5pm CT. Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying. Organizational Overview: The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to […]

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We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team.

Deadline: January 24, 2017 at 5pm CT.

Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying.

Organizational Overview:

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: low-income women, women of color, young women, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow under new leadership, nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework, and co-lead a bold national coalition campaign to increase abortion access by restoring Medicaid coverage for abortion. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We are building a movement, mentoring young leaders, and working toward a world in which everyone can shape their own futures and families. We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team.

NNAF is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender expansive staff of eighteen, in thirteen states. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, face-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more.

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, non-exempt. Salary and comprehensive benefits package with health and dental insurance, generous vacation (four weeks) and sick time, retirement benefits.

Location: Chicago

Starting Salary: 50-52K

Deadline: January 24, 2017 at 5pm CT

Description: The National Network of Abortion Funds seeks a capable Executive Assistant responsible for providing administrative support for the Executive Director. The ideal candidate is highly organized, has a strong work ethic, and pays meticulous attention to detail. The Executive Assistant has the ability to exercise sound judgment and use diplomacy and discretion in handling confidential information with tact and professionalism. The ideal candidate will be efficient and a forward-thinking self-starter.

Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying.

 

 

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We’re Hiring: Operations Associate https://abortionfunds.org/were-hiring-operations-associate/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 22:28:54 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6623 We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: January 23, 2017 at 6pm ET. Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying. Organizational Overview: The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to […]

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We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team.

Deadline: January 23, 2017 at 6pm ET.

Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying.

Organizational Overview:

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice. Together with our members, we advocate for cultural and political change to ensure access for people who face the greatest obstacles to abortion access: low-income women, women of color, young women, and transgender and gender nonconforming people. This is an exciting time for NNAF as we grow under new leadership, nurture new funds emerging in underserved areas, deepen our support for funds working within the reproductive justice framework, and co-lead a bold national coalition campaign to increase abortion access by restoring Medicaid coverage for abortion. We are working to make access to abortion a reality for everyone, no matter their resources. We are building a movement, mentoring young leaders, and working toward a world in which everyone can shape their own futures and families. We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team.

NNAF is comprised of a multi-racial, multi-religious, gender expansive staff of eighteen, in thirteen states. We know how important it is to support our remote staff to maintain connection and cohesiveness as a team. To this end, we ensure weekly one-on-one supervision, face-to-face virtual staff meetings, quarterly in-person meetings, and more.

Reports to:​ Operations Manager

Status:​ Full-time, non-exempt. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package with health and dental insurance, generous vacation and sick time, retirement benefits, and more.

Location:​ Boston

Salary:​ 48K

Deadline:​ January 23, 2017 at 6pm ET.

Description:​ The National Network of Abortion Funds seeks a capable Operations Associate who will provide administrative support to ensure that office operations run smoothly. This position has grown from the consistent and critical work that our interns have done in order to meet and support the needs of a changing and largely remote staff. The ideal candidate values inclusivity, collaboration, and approaches all work with meticulous attention to detail. They maintain professionalism, confidentiality, and efficiency when handling both day-to-day tasks and sensitive information. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and forward thinking. They will have a knack for creating and maintaining systems that will provide support across the organization. The Operations Associate will have demonstrated initiative and innovative thinking within a team environment.

Download job description pdf for full list of requirements and instructions for applying.

 

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Ohio politicians support unconstitutional, heartless abortion ban. https://abortionfunds.org/ohio-heartless-abortion-ban/ Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:05:53 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6597   UPDATE: On Dec. 13th, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed the blatantly unconstitutional 6-week ban in favor of the equally unconstitutional 20-week ban. The ban will take effect in 90 days and will make it a fourth-degree felony for a physician to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy except to save the […]

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UPDATE:

On Dec. 13th, 2016, Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed the blatantly unconstitutional 6-week ban in favor of the equally unconstitutional 20-week ban. The ban will take effect in 90 days and will make it a fourth-degree felony for a physician to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy except to save the pregnant person’s life, thus criminalizing both doctors and pregnant people with the threat of up to 18 months in prison and loss of a physician’s medical license.

The National Network of Abortion Funds condemns bans on abortion at any point—politicians do not belong in the exam room with abortion providers and their patients.

To be clear, these are not the actions of a moderate politician. In his statements, Governor Kasich has made it abundantly clear that he prioritizes anti-choice legal strategy over the lives and livelihoods of all pregnant people in Ohio, with the heartless tactic of punishing anyone seeking an abortion. Gov. Kasich is not ideologically opposed to banning abortion outright, and is covertly making a calculated decision based on the recommendation of the anti-choice lobby. He does not, and will never prioritize the lives of pregnant people in the state of Ohio. Ohio already has a number of restrictions on abortion that deny access to many—requiring multiple visits, increased costs, and denying coverage for those on state health insurance.

The 20-week ban is an extreme law based on bunk science and misguided values. It violates the long-standing Roe v. Wade decision which guarantees abortion until viability. The ban will result in wasting hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on the lawsuit, much like he is already wasting taxpayer money on deceptive crisis pregnancy centers and anti-abortion advertising campaigns.

Preterm, Inc., which provides abortion and sexual health care, including birth control, STD testing and treatment, and wellness care in Ohio released a statement saying:

“Politicians aren’t medical experts and they have no place interfering in our personal health decisions. When it comes to the most important decisions in life, such as whether and when to become a parent, it is vital that each of us is able to consider all options—with the advice of the health care professionals we trust.

We will not stop providing care and fighting for the rights of our patients. No matter what, Preterm will be here to support our community, providing outstanding abortion and sexual health care with compassion and respect.”

As We Testify Abortion Storyteller Mallory McMaster recently wrote in Cosmopolitan.com in response to the proposed 6-week ban, “All too often, conversations about abortion are focused on politics, and people don’t hear the voices that really matter: those of us who have actually had abortions. If the politicians who passed this bill wanted to understand what they were doing to people in Ohio, they would have held public hearings and listened to stories like mine.”

It is time that politicians listen to those of us who have abortions and the people who love us.

Despite a clear Supreme Court victory with the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case this year, anti-abortion lawmakers have been emboldened by the most anti-abortion incoming administration ever. Once again, legislators have inserted themselves into pregnancy decisions and are robbing Ohioans of the trust they deserve to know what is best for themselves and their families. Bills like this will only force people to leave their home states in seek of abortions, something exclusively those with financial and logistical resources can afford.

Ohio should be offering compassionate support and resources throughout pregnancy, no matter whether we choose to remain pregnant or not. Policies should encourage more doctors to provide us with crucial reproductive healthcare, including abortion. Instead, we see an irresponsible and costly attempt to criminalize and limit abortion at the expense of us all: pregnant people, our families, providers, and taxpayers.

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The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. In 2014, NNAF and member organizations received 116,000 requests, and assisted 30,000 individuals seeking $3.5 million in funding for abortions, transportation assistance, translation, and childcare.

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Indiana politician wants a regressive, total ban on abortion. https://abortionfunds.org/indiana-abortion-ban-2016/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:38:29 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6578 Opportunist anti-abortion politicians in Indiana are making the most of this week’s regressive political turn, sending a clear message that they want to make pregnancy unsafe. On Wednesday, November 17th, 2016, State Rep. Curt Nisly promised to file what he calls “Protection at Conception” legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January. This alarmingly unscrupulous […]

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Opportunist anti-abortion politicians in Indiana are making the most of this week’s regressive political turn, sending a clear message that they want to make pregnancy unsafe. On Wednesday, November 17th, 2016, State Rep. Curt Nisly promised to file what he calls Protection at Conception” legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January. This alarmingly unscrupulous declaration is connivingly opportunist and dangerously lacking in real world knowledge about why abortion must remain legal for all pregnancy to be safe. Rep. Nisly’s authoritarian and deceptive intentions run counter to everything we know and value when it comes to pregnancy, families, and our community.

With stunning brazenness, and despite a clear Supreme Court victory this year, anti-abortion lawmakers have been emboldened by the most anti-abortion incoming administration ever. Hoosiers are well aware of Gov. Mike Pence’s unconstitutional and unjust treatment of abortion rights; indeed they have witnessed first hand his almost fanatical obsession with limiting abortion at the expense of compassionate and common sense legislation. Indiana is safe from Gov. Pence returning, but the legislature has doubled down on the dehumanizing language it applies to those seeking abortions.

The idea that conception can be protected by law is an outright lie. How many of our friends and family members have suffered through multiple miscarriages within the first months of pregnancy? Indiana politicians need to come to terms with the reality that pregnancy doesn’t always have a certain outcome. We know this because we’ve experienced it when we have been beside our family members and our friends as they’ve carried the pain of infertility, stillbirth, and miscarriage. We’ve cried and mourned with them. And when we want to start a family of our own, we carry all of those possibilities as fears. Abortion does not exist in a vacuum. Abortion and miscarriage aren’t so far apart from each other that we can criminalize one without damaging and stigmatizing the other even further.

These fears are even more real for people living in Indiana. Already, Indiana is not a safe place for pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, or miscarriage. It has the fourth highest rate of maternal deaths in the United States, its early infant mortality rate is just as alarming at 7.1 percent (compared to a national average of 5.6 percent), and the disparity is 2.3 times higher between Black and white infant deaths. Overall, Indiana residents have worse health outcomes than the rest of the nation, particularly among people of color. The fact that people of color are at greater risk for miscarriage puts them also at greater risk for incarceration due to feticide laws already on the books, such as those applied to Indiana residents Bei Bei Shuai and Purvi Patel, which medical and legal experts have witnessed and decried.

Shelly Dodson, Director of All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center fears that politicians are setting up a dangerous divide between doctors and patients, and describes what it’s like to lack support from the state government:

“The state of Indiana has shown that it is more than willing to sacrifice the health of families in order to make abortion inaccessible. The research is clear. If pregnant people fear criminal consequences, they don’t go to the doctor. Indiana is setting a dangerous precedent not to trust the medical community. Choosing to criminalize people around pregnancy decisions and pregnancy outcomes is a grave injustice. The state of Indiana is sending a loud message, to anyone who is considering terminating a pregnancy, ‘you don’t deserve help, you don’t deserve support – you deserve jail.’ People throughout Indiana deserve open-hearted support through all their pregnancy and parenting turning points and to be treated with respect and dignity.

At a time when so many Hoosier families are struggling to make ends meet, we wish that Indiana would use funding to truly support families by providing job training, child care, and other safety net services, rather than using this political moment to promote an anti-abortion agenda. People of color, low-income people, and other vulnerable communities are going to be hit the hardest if a law like this goes into effect.”

It’s time to take a cold, hard look at Indiana’s support for pregnant people and families, and it doesn’t look good. While state legislators have been pushing detrimental policies like HB 1337 through to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk, and now this, they’ve also failed to ensure that Indiana’s parents and families have the resources they need to be healthy and raise their children with dignity and support. While politicians try to withhold our ability to make our own reproductive decisions, they are simultaneously slashing programs that make parenting a less daunting task: providing free or low-cost parenting supplies like diapers, ensuring people earn a living wage, and offering subsidized child care.

Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, says,

“People of color are bearing the brunt of unscientific laws and misplaced moral outrage against abortion, which then blurs into the territory of miscarriage, putting any pregnant person at risk of prosecution and incarceration. We won’t watch while Indiana becomes the most dangerous state for pregnant people. And we will say it again and again, as many times as it needs to be said until politicians find their way. Abortion is healthcare. Abortion is a necessary social good for many who are not able to parent in safe, healthy, or supportive environments. Abortion is deeply necessary as an option for all people who become pregnant. When abortion is legal, funded, and protected, that’s when we know our legislators care about our lives, our health, our futures, and our families.”

Indiana is truly at the crossroads of what the U.S. may become when it comes to our reproductive lives. We hope Indiana legislators will be guided in their policy making by valuing that every person considering whether or how to parent must navigate that complexity for themselves and their families – with complete access to all health care and support options, and without shame. We all should be able to decide for ourselves when, whether, and under what circumstances to become a parent.

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center works every day to make sure that people who walk through its doors are respected and given all the information and resources they need. All-Options serves hundreds of Hoosiers each month, providing all-options pregnancy counseling as well as abortion funding alongside free diapers, baby clothes and supplies, safer sex kits, and referrals for all kinds of health care and social services. In short, they offer services that make pregnancy and family planning a lot easier, despite the roadblocks the state government puts in people’s way.

The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. In 2014, NNAF and member organizations received 116,000 requests, and assisted 30,000 individuals seeking $3.5 million in funding for abortions, transportation assistance, translation, and childcare.

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Support Your Local Abortion Fund https://abortionfunds.org/support-local-funds/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:55:57 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6573 In the wake of a stunning strike against reproductive freedom this past week, the National Network of Abortion Funds is seeing a surge of people who are newly concerned about securing the access and right of people to get the abortions they need through what many have described as an “underground railroad” of abortion. I’m […]

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In the wake of a stunning strike against reproductive freedom this past week, the National Network of Abortion Funds is seeing a surge of people who are newly concerned about securing the access and right of people to get the abortions they need through what many have described as an “underground railroad” of abortion. I’m grateful for this outpouring of support and compassion and desire to take action!

As folks are jumping to action, I’d like to call attention to the work that abortion funds have been doing for decades that has helped millions of people seeking of abortion. Thousands of volunteers have been doing this work and need more help. I want to caution people against building new structures and strongly encourage that what will best facilitate abortion access on the ground is increased involvement and investment in the over 70 grassroots member abortion funds in 38 states and growing in new ones. Though abortion funds, largely run and operated by volunteers, may have seemed less visible to some, they are no strangers to what it takes to get folks what they need. The strength of abortion funds is their expertise in the communities on the ground. Abortion funds shine in assisting people, in their locales, with the multitude of barriers and obstacles that their folks may face. Abortion funds have built their contacts, resources and collaborative processes through years, and sometimes decades, of assisting people in their communities with the exact hurdles they need to jump to get the abortions they seek, safely and compassionately.

Often, this takes the form of helping to pay for abortions because we know people who are struggling to make ends meet daily are people who are often economically shut out from making reproductive decisions without coercion. Our members help to connect people with non-judgmental options that financially and logistically support them in their decision to have an abortion. For many groups, this assistance takes the form of transportation, childcare, doula services, lodging when traveling, and more. Through the work we’ve done, abortion funds have been able to connect with one another and form powerful bonds that allow for the support of people who need assistance from multiple sources. Abortion funds thoroughly train and vet their volunteers to ensure the people calling for help will get the best assistance available, no matter what it is. They are already connected to networks across state lines and best poised to facilitate care effectively. For the safety of those who need help and protection, this is a time to build our ranks and not attempt to create new structures.

Simply put, our process of sustainable funding and approaches that take in consideration, race, economic status, immigration status and other important intersections have been built from doing this work for many years. We’d love to support the groundswell of passion by urging folks to take the following actions:

  • Contact your local abortion fund and inquire about what assistance they might need to meet the local and individual needs on the people in that area
  • Donate to your local fund to help them assist the call loads coming in already. Most abortion funds are able to fund about ⅓ to ½ of the calls to their lines, and they’re already seeing huge surges in need during this time. Your financial support is one of the most important and effective ways to ensure abortion is accessible to more people right now and sustaining your donation will ensure accessibility in the future.
  • Sign up for your local abortion fund’s email list, and follow them on social media to stay in touch with action alerts and programs where your help is needed most. We must organize our power to both help people who need assistance today and build power for a better tomorrow where everyone is able to get the information and resources they need to make the decisions best for them.
  • Follow us nationally for critical information on how to unite our work and build our collective power strategically.

We all share the desire to use our resources, both time and money, to ensure that abortion access is available to as many people as possible. Compassion drives so many of us in our motivations, and that’s good. However, duplicating efforts dilutes the power of so many people who have been building a strong network together to ensure abortion access is there for all of us, and it makes the process of finding assistance much harder for those who might need it. We’re strongest when we care about and listen to those around us. We’re in community together. There are times when impact might thwart good intentions, and the National Network of Abortion Funds hopes to head off any potential harmful situations that people needing assistance might face by making sure that the places they go for help are best equipped to do just that.

We also know that social media is far from immune from surveillance of many kinds, and we must all employ caution when it comes to both personal privacy and organizing work. This caution is how we take care of each other when we organize, because our relationships help to protect us and ensure our victory. When we are cautious about how we’re connected, we’re able to weather storms and plan more efficiently. We’re able to better care for those calling us, protect their privacy, and ensure that our very precious time and financial resources are getting to the people who need them.

We’re stronger when we trust each other, especially those who have deep experience and knowledge that we can turn to during times like these. We’re here for you if you need abortion funds – to work with and for support. Our communities cannot be defeated when we build our movement in a strategic and cohesive way. We urge people to follow the lead of abortion fund activists in their communities, and contact us if you’re located in an area without an abortion fund. We were made for this. We are ready. We need your support.

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Our hearts are broken. We will resist. https://abortionfunds.org/we-will-resist-11-2016/ Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:11:23 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6564 We always knew racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of hate were on the ballot. Last night, they won. The destructive nature of this cultural and political moment is undeniable and heart-breaking. Violence, in word and action, became permissible during an election throughout which we heard candidates at all levels say revolting things that […]

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We always knew racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of hate were on the ballot. Last night, they won. The destructive nature of this cultural and political moment is undeniable and heart-breaking. Violence, in word and action, became permissible during an election throughout which we heard candidates at all levels say revolting things that they intend to reinforce in policy and practice. As we grieve and analyze this tragedy, we are steadfast in our commitment to our values: radical compassion, the human right to bodily autonomy, dismantling white supremacy and its interconnecting oppressions, and building collective power.

In this moment, we relinquish nothing and we will NOT be punished. We have been fighting to exist as we are, to forge families that we love, and to live in nourishing communities, and we will never stop. The way we love as individuals, as organizations, as a network and as a movement, must bind us more tightly during moments of crisis. There is power in our resistance. There is power in our love.

As abortion funds, we will rally. Five days before this election, we unveiled our strategic plan to become an organizing powerhouse. Our work to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion has never been more critical. Our work to organize in larger numbers around a shared agenda has never been more necessary. We must be the ones who make abortion more than legal—but truly possible. We must support abortion access as a daily practice, in whatever ways we are safe to do so. We will continue to work to ensure everyone is able to safely decide if, when, and how to become a parent, and raise their families free from harm, stigma, and shame.

We know that the fight for reproductive justice is more than access to abortion. Our struggle must ensure that people across the nation, and around the world, are able to raise their children without fear of violence. We will continue to fight alongside movements for queer liberation, immigrant rights, and racial, gender and economic justice until everyone is free.

Our power comes from our roots, our ancestors, our trauma, our magic, and our unending resolve, and this power extends through our entire bodies out into the world. Our communities are our family.

Everyone in our family deserves compassion and support, particularly when deciding their reproductive futures. Join us as we continue to organize and build our movement at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice, to remove all barriers, cultural, financial and logistical, to abortion access.

When our hearts are broken, we hold each other, and we heal, stronger than before.

We will resist.

In solidarity,

Yamani Hernandez

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“The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.” – bell hooks

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NEW STRATEGIC PLAN: Realizing the Power of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org/strategic-plan-2016/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:50:03 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6293 We are thrilled to unveil our strategic plan along with the launch of our new website in Fall 2016. You might also notice our new branding, which represents our diverse, interconnected network, unified to fund abortion and build power across the intersections of race, class, and gender. Over the last two years, the National Network […]

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We are thrilled to unveil our strategic plan along with the launch of our new website in Fall 2016. You might also notice our new branding, which represents our diverse, interconnected network, unified to fund abortion and build power across the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Over the last two years, the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) has undergone a shift in size, framing and constitution and has a bold new plan going forward. NNAF is Black woman led, with a multiracial, multi-religious, gender-expansive staff of 18 in 13 states. Our forward-thinking strategy broadens and amplifies the power of our network.

With your support, we will build on our direct service roots to mobilize a larger, stronger base of abortion fund callers, volunteers, donors and staff members united around a long-term vision of reproductive, economic, and racial justice.

The network today is over 70 grassroots organizations in 38 states and three countries, comprised of thousands of volunteers who directly interface with over 100,000 callers a year. The network of tomorrow will include its callers as members, organizing a movement of not only paid professionals but also those of us who are most impacted by barriers to abortion access.

Our work builds the capacity and power of our members. We view grassroots fundraising as a political act and use it as a core strategy to redistribute wealth and privately fund the abortion access that should be publicly supported as a basic human right.

We know that with your help and because of the size and reach of our network, this conversion will create the largest national surge in grassroots engagement that the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements have seen in many years. We are eager for what tomorrow will bring and are so grateful to have you in our corner!

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