News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:04:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 https://abortionfunds.org/cms/assets/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon3-32x32.jpg News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org 32 32 Texas abortion funds speak out against anti-abortion SB8 https://abortionfunds.org/texas-sb8/ Thu, 25 May 2017 18:48:21 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6668 Note: On 6/7/2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB8 into law. The National Network of Abortion Funds is outraged by another heartless and destructive legislative session in Texas. SB 8 adds to the slew of unconstitutional omnibus attempts to limit abortion access. This bill particularly targets organizations and individuals acting out of compassion, empathy, and […]

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Note: On 6/7/2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB8 into law.

The National Network of Abortion Funds is outraged by another heartless and destructive legislative session in Texas. SB 8 adds to the slew of unconstitutional omnibus attempts to limit abortion access. This bill particularly targets organizations and individuals acting out of compassion, empathy, and justice with a poorly written and legally dubious bill. SB 8 will affect the people who call abortion funds most of all. It targets people getting the safest form of later abortions, D&E abortion. Abortion funds like the George Tiller Memorial Abortion fund assist with later abortion at a higher than proportional rate due to increased cost and logistics.

SB 8 also makes it a felony for anyone who assists someone in getting a D&E abortion – this could target everyone from the doctors and staff in the clinics to trusted friends, family, and volunteers who drive someone to a clinic to the people who provide financial and logistical assistance, like the critical network of abortion funds in Texas.

Based on fraudulent propaganda videos, SB 8 prevents people from voluntarily donating tissue from their abortion and forces patients and providers to pay for a burial or cremation after every abortion. This is an unnecessary and cost-prohibitive proposal meant to shame and stigmatize. During this legislative session, Texas has also looked to keep insurance from covering abortion, including the Affordable Care Act and private insurance plans, prohibiting both the patient and company from using benefits in the ways they see best.

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

“Once again, politicians are barging into the exam room, refusing to listen to medical professionals, and attempting to ban abortion despite the Supreme Court consistently upholding our legal access to abortion without undue burden. To destroy this supportive safety net is isolating, intrusive, and careless towards people in the midst of a crucial moment where love and support is so important. We mourn with all Texans the cruelty and ineptitude of this badly written bill, which would have severe repercussions for people who are already hurting because of other damaging laws. We know all too well that it is unwise for politicians to invite the potential for extreme abuse of power against people who can least afford to be further criminalized by an already heavy-handed, bigoted set of state laws.”

On top of these cruel bills, Texas has spent the session creating a dangerous and unwelcoming world for our families by passing racist bills that harm immigrant families and target all people of color. They’ve also passed bills designed to target and harm transgender children in schools and LGBTQ families, while diverting money needed for reproductive and family health to deceptive church-run Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Texas legislators have even attached abortion restrictions to animal cruelty bills. Texas is using the power granted to it by voters to attack the people who live in Texas, to hurt them economically, to cut off their healthcare, and certainly to waste their tax dollars, as federal law has proven over and over again that Texas will lose these costly taxpayer funded court battles. All of this comes as the Texas Senate passed a bill to allow adoption agencies to discriminate against non-Christian, LGBTQ, and unmarried prospective parents.

Texans, including abortion funds, continue to fight back against these gross overreaches into their personal and private lives.

Gina Lawrence, West Fund

“SB 8 is an attack on abortion rights, which are already extremely limited in west Texas. Currently, 55% of West Fund’s patients already need to travel out of state to get their abortion, and the average trip west Texans face is a 395 mile round trip. This is impossible for most working class and low income people, especially when they have children, like 75% of our patients seeking abortion do. Outlawing the safest form of second trimester abortion, the D&E, will push more people to travel from Texas to Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition, the vague wording of SB 8 leaves the door open for completely legal nonprofits like ours to be prosecuted for helping people access abortions, which will put our patients, who already struggle to access abortions, in even more jeopardy.”

Nan Kirkpatrick, Texas Equal Access Fund

“The D&E ban that was tacked onto SB 8 as an amendment in the House is especially dangerous. We know from our own clients and from TxPEP research that more people have been seeking second trimester abortions since HB2 shut down so many of our clinics. The TEA Fund assists folks from the Panhandle and South Plains regions of Texas, an area that is still without access in the wake of clinic closures. A ban on the safest and most common form of second trimester abortion will effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks, putting abortion out of reach for even more people in such a restricted atmosphere. From the moment a person becomes pregnant, the clock starts ticking, and if they have to wrangle travel, time off, funding assistance, an appointment – they may find themselves unable to access an abortion all together if SB 8 passes. As with all abortion restrictions, this one hits low-income Texans the hardest.”

Amanda Williams, Lilith Fund

“I know firsthand the impact of having the support of family and friends when seeking an abortion. Now, the state is attempting to criminalize the generosity and compassion of loved ones of Texans having abortions. SB 8 does nothing to advance the health and safety of people seeking abortion care. This outrageous attack on Texans’ reproductive rights will push safe care completely out of reach for many Lilith Fund clients, who are primarily low-income women of color working to make ends meet and care for their families. As an organization that heard from over 6,000 people who couldn’t afford their abortion care last year, we have seen firsthand how restrictions like these hurt Texas families, stigmatize abortion, and act to punish providers offering compassionate care.”

Aimee Arrambide, JD, Fund Texas Choice

“The Texas legislature continues to place ideological anti-abortion sentiment ahead of addressing some of the most significant problems facing Texans. This reckless disregard will end end up costing Texas not only a significant amount of money, but will hurt the health care and lives of Texans, especially those most oppressed and disenfranchised, who seek assistance from Fund Texas Choice.

Additionally, the language used in this bill and the careless way in which the law was drafted could result in the criminalization of individuals and organizations like Fund Texas Choice, who help Texans access abortion care. In 2016, Fund Texas Choice helped 343 people travel long distances to abortion clinics, half of whom traveled out of state. The average trip cost was $500. SB 8 bans one of the most common abortion procedures performed in the second trimester and will result in an increase in the number of and costs associated with Texans traveling out of state for procedures.”

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Abortion funds denounce the decimation of healthcare via the AHCA https://abortionfunds.org/oppose-the-ahca/ Fri, 05 May 2017 15:03:41 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6922 Mere weeks after the House Republicans failed to gather support to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have now voted on the American Health Care Act to deny healthcare coverage to anywhere from 14 million to 24 million people in a vote 217 to 213. The House GOP voted for a bill they did not […]

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Mere weeks after the House Republicans failed to gather support to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they have now voted on the American Health Care Act to deny healthcare coverage to anywhere from 14 million to 24 million people in a vote 217 to 213. The House GOP voted for a bill they did not like and openly admit they had not read. This is a travesty that will be a detriment to all of our lives. Today is a dark day in our nation’s history.

Healthcare should not be political. Healthcare should not be unaffordable. Healthcare should not be unattainable. Healthcare is a human right.

The AHCA is a cruel and violent piece of legislation aimed at harming the most vulnerable people living and working in this nation, those who are viewed as politically expendable.Now millions of people’s healthcare will be left up to their bosses and state governments. The bill would end Medicaid expansion and devastate healthcare access for millions of people with low-incomes to the tune of $880 billion. Under the MacArthur-Meadows Amendment, states would be able to waive the Essential Benefits requirement which raised the standard of care for insurance plans and ensured contraception coverage, pregnancy-related care, emergency services, newborn and pediatric care, mental health care, and more were covered. Horrifically, the bill would consider survivors of sexual assault to have a pre-existing condition and deny them mental healthcare and other services they need to heal. Pregnancy is once again counted as a pre-existing condition which would increase premiums by 425%. This is just the start.

This vote comes hours after President Trump signed an executive order giving religious institutions, including healthcare facilities, the freedom to discriminate against LGBT communities, people who’ve had abortions and use contraception, and other marginalized communities, while laxing our nation’s important separation of religious speech and political endorsements.

As we watch politicians diminish our health care rights little by little, it’s shameful that they themselves aren’t affected by laws that damage Medicaid and Medicare—those who can afford their own health care plans or who have jobs that provide insurance benefits. Our families deserve a health care plan based on our collective values, not one that was created over a beer keg in college. You can find out how your representative voted here.

Abortion funds have been doing the work of covering the cost of abortion ever since the Hyde Amendment was passed, and some even longer. Funding abortion is intensive work, historically done by volunteers. Our network has only been able to support a third of the people who call for help even in friendlier administrations. We don’t need more extreme restrictions on abortion care, financial or otherwise. More than half of people who call the abortion funds for financial assistance for abortion, transportation to appointments, childcare and hotel stays are from the South. Nearly half are African-American, and the majority are already parents.

From abortion to contraception to prenatal care, we’re terrified about what it means for our families, but we will never stop fighting. We are here to resist so we all have the power and resources to care for and affirm our bodies, identities, and health for ourselves and our families. If you haven’t cared about abortion rights before, this ACA fight shows that abortion access is part of entire healthcare system that we stand to lose as we know it. As this fight goes to the senate, it faces some obstacles, especially that of public opinion. Find your Senator and make your voice loud. Oppose the AHCA.

Everyone loves someone who had an abortion, and as a nation, we must ensure our loved ones have access to the care they deserve. Anything less is an inexcusable abuse of power from those who will never feel the effects of being without insurance coverage.

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Breaking! Bowl-a-Thon hits $1 Million! https://abortionfunds.org/bowlathon-1-million/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:17:47 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6870 $1 million is what resilience looks like. $1 million is what solidarity looks like. $1 million is what collective grassroots fundraising looks like. $1 million is what happens when we refuse to accept the failures of a government that uses our tax dollars but will not spend them on the care we need. It’s what […]

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$1 million is what resilience looks like.

$1 million is what solidarity looks like.

$1 million is what collective grassroots fundraising looks like.

$1 million is what happens when we refuse to accept the failures of a government that uses our tax dollars but will not spend them on the care we need. It’s what happens when we take power into our own hands. It’s what happens when an average donation of $47 and more than 20,000 donations create an avalanche of support. This is what organized resistance in service of abortion access looks like.

As of April 17th the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon has collectively raised $1 million nearly two weeks before the end of the campaign. Inspired by member organization Pro-Choice Resources’ 24 year long-running Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser, the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon was rolled out as a network-wide event in 2009 with 17 funds in 19 cities. Envisioned as a way to fundraise collaboratively and join communities of abortion access supporters, Bowl-a-Thon has turned into a powerful annual movement moment.

With 39 abortion funds running more than 50 events across the U.S. and in Canada, the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon sends a strong message about how many people support abortion access even in places with mounting barriers. This message is needed more than ever as politicians are brazenly joking that people should go to the zoo for abortion care and encouraging doctors to lie about their pregnancies and abortion to their patients.

Last year, we blazed past our $800,000 goal and raised $940,000 despite experiencing a cyber attack, making 2016 the most successful Bowl-a-Thon year…until now! Supporters are donating more than ever because their lives are being directly affected by harmful policies. One donor explains why it felt important to donate to a grassroots abortion fund in her state:

“I donated to Hoosier Abortion Fund because when I had a second-trimester miscarriage, I was not able to access a timely, safe, and affordable procedure due to anti-abortion politics in Indiana. I believe that living in a state in which abortions are affordable and accessible is necessary to the overall health and well-being of everyone.”

Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds has always seen Bowl-a-Thon as not just about fundraising but also about building power:

“The grassroots fundraising that makes Bowl-a-Thon so powerful is a political act that redistributes wealth and privately funds abortions that should be covered no matter where folks live, what insurance they have, or how much money they make. Bowl-a-Thon is a testament to how small amounts as low as $10 can snowball into a massive collective force.”

Abortion funds and their supporters believe it’s the job of federal, state, and private insurance to cover abortion. Until the Hyde Amendment is overturned and abortion is covered by all insurance plans, the $1 million we’ve raised together will pay for abortions, transportation, lodging, child care, and the growing need to build power against anti-abortion rhetoric and policies.

Top fundraiser, Barbara Kass, has raised over $11,000 for the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) and says of her consistent support for Bowl-a-Thon:

“I feel 100% unabashed and am happy to give my friends, family, and colleagues the opportunity to tithe for abortion rights. And because of the support of my community every year, I’m able to raise a good sum of money. This year I felt a bit daunted because of the enormity of the fight ahead of us but I’ve been motivated to aggressively raise money for NYAAF because without access, abortion rights are not a reality for large numbers of people. I’m also inspired by my daughters who motivate and challenge me to continue to contribute to this fight.

NYAAF is such an effective vehicle for the fight for reproductive justice, to protect abortion access, and to help individual people who need financial assistance to obtain an abortion is a concrete way to actively protect abortion rights.”

fundraising leaderboard Bowl-a-Thon 2017

Neesha Davé, President of the Lilith Fund in Texas, has fundraised her way to our Top 10 leaderboard this year with a total of nearly $4,000. She says:

“Fundraising for abortion access is deeply important to me as someone living, working and raising my family in Texas. Our communities are showing up for abortion access in resistance to hostile state and federal governments working constantly to dismantle affordable health care and social safety nets. By supporting abortion funds, we’re putting our values up front and building the compassionate communities we all deserve.”

Lindsay Rodriguez, Communications Manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds who has been leading Bowl-a-Thon for three years, has this to say:

“Every year, we’re seeing more people show up for abortion access, more people who are having genuine culture-changing conversations with the people they love, more people who are putting their hearts into unapologetically fundraising for their local abortion fund and fighting abortion stigma. One million grassroots dollars and counting marks a major milestone, and a powerfully optimistic symbol of our ever-growing movement.”

Here’s the kicker: Bowl-a-Thon is still running until May 1st! How far past our goal will we go this year? Donate to be a part of the largest grassroots fundraiser for abortion, and experience what it’s like to make a powerful statement about your support for abortion access.

Find your local fund here.

View list of events here.

$1 million raised in bowlathon for abortion access

 

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We’re Hiring: Organizing Manager https://abortionfunds.org/were-hiring-organizing-manager/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:23:37 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6898 We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: May 10, 2017 at 11:59pm PT 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 […]

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

Deadline: May 10, 2017 at 11:59pm PT

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 twenty-two , 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: Organizing Director
Status: Full-time, exempt.

Salary and comprehensive benefits package with health and dental insurance, generous vacation (four weeks) and sick time, retirement benefits.
Location: Flexible (must live within an hour of a major airport)

Travel: up to 30%

Compensation: $58-65,000

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@abortionfunds.org, with your first and last name and “Organizing Manager” in the subject line. Position is open until filled; for full consideration please apply by May 10, as interviews will begin in mid-May.

Position Summary: The Organizing Manager implements organizing capacity-building efforts and strategy within a strong grassroots network. You will work primarily with leaders in member abortion funds — grassroots organizations that provide direct support to people who need access to abortions and  who build power and leadership to take coordinated, collective action for cultural and political change at the root causes of access barriers. You will also collaborate with partner organizations and engage individual members and supporters of the network in your work to build power.

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

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Why we’re celebrating Tax Day https://abortionfunds.org/tax-day/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:48:23 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6884 We want our tax dollars to fund abortion, and it’s time the government listened. Since the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, abortion has been excluded from the comprehensive health care services that the federal government provides through Medicaid, except for cases of rape, incest, or the endangerment of the pregnant person’s life. In addition […]

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We want our tax dollars to fund abortion, and it’s time the government listened.

Since the Hyde Amendment was passed in 1976, abortion has been excluded from the comprehensive health care services that the federal government provides through Medicaid, except for cases of rape, incest, or the endangerment of the pregnant person’s life. In addition to people enrolled in Medicaid, those denied access to federally funded abortion include Peace Corps volunteers, disabled individuals on Medicare, low-income residents of Washington, D.C., military personnel and their dependents, federal employees and their dependents, and federal prisoners.

It is past time that our federal tax dollars are used to fund abortion. Abortion care is a highly important aspect of comprehensive health care, yet this is not held up in our laws or in federal insurance. Further, abortion is a social good that is necessary for the well-being of our families and communities; an essential component of ensuring the bodily autonomy of everyone.

The Hyde Amendment is particularly unjust because it discriminates against people living with low-incomes, disabled people, Native Americans, military personnel, and the incarcerated. Denying abortion coverage and every barrier to abortion access is a burden, not just for people struggling to pay for rent and groceries, but for anyone who needs the procedure. Everyone should have comprehensive health insurance coverage no matter how they get their insurance. Our government should not obstruct taxpayers who need abortions through their federal insurance.

That’s why we hope you will join us in redistributing part or all of your tax refund to your local abortion fund through Bowl-a-Thon or using our full list of funds. You can also donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Committing our tax refunds to help pay for abortions is a great way to reclaim how healthcare works in the U.S. It’s how we show our friends and legislators that we believe tax dollars should cover the full spectrum of health care, and that if our government won’t recognize this, we’ll take matters into our own hands.

Will you join us in boldly stating that you want your tax refund to help fund abortion care?

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Just Released! Spring 2017 Newsletter https://abortionfunds.org/spring-2017-newsletter/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:13:33 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6868 Dear friends, It’s been a long road since November. It seems like just yesterday, we watched the election results roll in and wondered how much of the dangerous campaign rhetoric would turn into reality. Now, months in, we know that the new administration and congressional legislature is even more dangerous than we had imagined. From […]

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Dear friends,

It’s been a long road since November.

It seems like just yesterday, we watched the election results roll in and wondered how much of the dangerous campaign rhetoric would turn into reality. Now, months in, we know that the new administration and congressional legislature is even more dangerous than we had imagined. From 20-week abortion bans, spousal consent bills, to attempts at making the Hyde Amendment permanent, and now the Senate has confirmed a Justice who cares more about corporations than our families. The cumulative effect of these measures will render abortion care inaccessible to all but the most privileged people—those who can afford the procedure, cover necessary travel expenses, take time off work, and secure childcare.  Many abortion fund callers will also be impacted by the wave of intersecting policies that criminalize poverty, deny living wages, threaten immigrants, compromise the safety of people of color, and strip away existing social safety protections for our communities.

Against this backdrop, abortion funds forge ahead with a fierce determination to do everything in our power to regroup, resist, and fight on. Immediately following the election, so many of you marched, rallied, and spoke out for reproductive justice. Within weeks, nearly 1,000 of you became part of our inaugural group of individual members, building a powerful base of people who call, support, and volunteer with abortion funds. And now, because of you, the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon, the largest grassroots fundraiser for abortion access, is well on the way to raising $1 million for abortion funds—an all time high!

You’re fired up and so are we! This spring, we’re ready to take that energy and it turn it up a notch.

As we enter the first year of a bold new strategic plan, we stand at the ready to execute a transformative organizing model that continues to combine direct support for those seeking abortion with organizing grassroots power to effectively resist the profound threats before us and build the base we need to win. With your partnership, we are building a movement, mentoring young leaders, and working towards a world in which everyone can shape their own futures and families.

Thank you for joining us in this fight. We could not be more honored to be here with you.

In solidarity,
Yamani Hernandez
Executive Director

Download the newsletter pdf here! Highlights include:

Spring 2017 Update: Abortion funds respond to political moment

We Testify storyteller, Kersha Deibel,  sharing her abortion story

A new report reviewing five years of data from the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund

Abortion Funds 101

Experience the power of collective fundraising and take action during Bowl-a-Thon

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SPRING 2017 UPDATE: Abortion funds respond to political moment https://abortionfunds.org/spring-2017-update-political-moment/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:06:34 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6869 Every day, abortion funds hear directly from the people bearing the brunt of the new administration’s devastating agenda. Abortion fund callers are parents who fear their children’s schools being dismantled; they are immigrants fearful of their ability to travel freely; they are people of color experiencing heightened hate crimes in their communities. Following the election, […]

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Every day, abortion funds hear directly from the people bearing the brunt of the new administration’s devastating agenda. Abortion fund callers are parents who fear their children’s schools being dismantled; they are immigrants fearful of their ability to travel freely; they are people of color experiencing heightened hate crimes in their communities.

Following the election, we convened abortion fund leadership from across the network to assess the new landscape, strategize together, and build out an agenda of resistance. Our staff and fund members across 30 states shared their experiences of conditions across the country and had collaborative discussions about their needs, ideas, concerns, and plans for the next several years. We developed response plans for emerging physical and digital security threats facing our communities, drawing inspiration from our partners in the immigrant justice and transgender justice movements to learn tactics in community safety. We also learned from cybersecurity experts about ways to keep ourselves and our data protected.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have promised to make abortion less accessible. Although no mandate exists, they are committed to increasing barriers at the risk of our collective safety and autonomy. These tactics have already been deployed across the nation’s Southern states, where a web of restrictions have made it increasingly difficult for patients to access care. In direct response, we created the Southern Funds Cohort last year to better connect callers to funding, safety, transportation, and other local resources, while serving as a regional hub for organizing. Following conversations at our post-election convenings, we’re ready to scale that model up, working with our membership to develop region-specific strategies to build a more coordinated support network to help get patients to their appointments, especially when they have to travel across state lines and stay overnight.

With your support, the National Network of Abortion Funds will continue to invest deeply in our membership—building the leadership of abortion funds, growing into an organizing powerhouse, and making sure that people get the care they need. At our annual Summit in June, we’ll launch an intensive leadership program for 25 fund members called Movement Makers. We’ll lift up abortion storytellers through We Testify. We’ll expand our base of individual members, creating new opportunities to engage in the fight for abortion access and mobilizing this network’s 20,000 donors and 100,000 callers to take collective action with their time, energy, money, and voices.

Read the Spring 2017 Newsletter

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Texas abortion funds speak out against $20 million approved for CPCs https://abortionfunds.org/texas-20-million-to-cpcs/ Mon, 10 Apr 2017 17:35:12 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6856 The National Network of Abortion Funds and all seven Texas abortion funds serving thousands of people per year, including Texas Equal Access Fund, Lilith Fund, West Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Stigma Relief Fund, Frontera Fund, and Clinic Access Support Network, are alarmed to see the Texas House approve up to $20 million dollars of taxpayer […]

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The National Network of Abortion Funds and all seven Texas abortion funds serving thousands of people per year, including Texas Equal Access Fund, Lilith Fund, West Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Stigma Relief Fund, Frontera Fund, and Clinic Access Support Network, are alarmed to see the Texas House approve up to $20 million dollars of taxpayer money to fund dishonest, non-medical crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). Texas is one of at least 12 states that directly fund CPCs, and this decision will surely add to the more than 4,000 CPCs already spanning the United States.

With an anti-abortion agenda at their root, CPCs provide a limited amount of resources to people who are pregnant or parenting, but refuse to provide clients these same clients with information on abortion services if asked and frequently spread misinformation to coerce those looking for resources into carrying a pregnancy to term against their wishes. They are often staffed by unlicensed volunteers posing as medical professionals. Many of these CPCs are run by anti-abortion extremists and religiously affiliated organizations who lure in those looking for free or low-cost reproductive health care, including information on abortion. Undercover investigations show anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers have been found to lie to people seeking medical care, coerced teens into signing away abortion rights, and use smartphone surveillance to target people seeking abortions.

In one scan of 254 CPC websites, many discouraged use of condoms, claiming that they frequently break or are ineffective in preventing infections. These tactics are particularly problematic in states where sex education isn’t regulated and in states that require those seeking abortions to also pay for ultrasounds and additional visits, both of which are true in Texas.

In states like Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, state money to CPCs is typically funneled through programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Programs like these  hurt families. In 2015, former Governor Pence allocated $3.5 million in federal TANF funds to crisis pregnancy centers. In the case of Texas, $20 million would come from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

In Pennsylvania, $30 million of taxpayer money was given to an anti-choice crisis pregnancy center chain that is currently under audit with the state. In 2016, the Georgia House approve up to $2 million dollars of taxpayer money to fund CPCs. In California, crisis pregnancy centers have broken the law by not disclosing that they are not medical centers. Similar regulation of crisis pregnancy centers is being considered in Hawai’i.

Already in Texas it’s far too easy to find medical misinformation at the ample number of CPCs across the state (see Map 1), while it’s much more difficult to find a Planned Parenthood or independent abortion provider (see Map 2). Between lying to people about their medical options during a pregnancy and revoking funding for environmental protections, the Texas House is seemingly unbothered by the dire health consequences they are delivering to Texans. Once again, so called “pro-life” values are anything but.

Map 1: Time to crisis pregnancy center

Map 2: Time to medical facility providing abortion care

Note: These maps were created by a team of tech professionals at the recent Abortion Access Hackathon held at Github’s offices in San Francisco, CA and provided for this statement by team leads Jamie Anderson and Ian Mathews using Redivis geospatial tools. Data were sourced from the Guttmacher Institute’s individual state pages to record state-specific legal restrictions; Planned Parenthood clinics for each state that provide abortion services; NARAL; National Abortion Federation, and the Abortion Care Network.

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

“Crisis Pregnancy Centers are not built to support people through all the complexities and risks of pregnancy, but are single-minded in their intent to force people into childbirth, regardless of the consequences. If Texas lawmakers choose to divert even more of its environmental budget—funding which would have gone towards improving air quality in the state—to pay for CPCs, they are in fact both obstructing a legal medical procedure while simultaneously threatening the environmental health of all people living in the state. Real, unbiased health care happens between a person and their medical provider. That’s where we want our tax dollars to go—comprehensive reproductive health care that includes everything from prenatal care to abortion coverage.”

Nan Little Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Texas Equal Access Fund says,

“The state of Texas continues to show disdain for people’s lives by doubling down on a program that has proven to be ineffective while refusing to fund abortion for folks who can’t afford healthcare. Texas won’t expand Medicaid, it won’t provide state Medicaid funding for abortion, and, this session, there is an attempt to bar private insurance coverage of abortion. By increasing funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program, the state is attempting to control peoples’ reproductive lives and futures, in part by economically coercing low-income people into not seeking abortion. And with no abortion providers in our rural communities thanks to the oppressive actions of our state legislature, for some folks the only information on abortion available in their communities is coming from biased fake clinics funded by the state. This is discriminatory, and disproportionately impacts people of color, immigrants, rural people, and young people.”

Amanda Williams, Executive Director of Lilith Fund says,

“As an abortion fund, we hear directly from communities most impacted by state laws aimed at making safe abortion care completely inaccessible. Because there are more than double the number of Crisis Pregnancy Centers than there are abortion providers in Texas due to various discriminatory laws, many of our callers reach out to CPCs along their journey expecting to obtain medically accurate and unbiased information regarding all of their options. To their dismay, these centers lie and perpetuate harmful myths about abortion care, which only further stigmatizes abortion and isolates those seeking honest and compassionate care. Instead of funneling money from the TCEQ—an agency meant to preserve environmental safety for Texans—to the deceitful Alternative to Abortion program, lawmakers should focus on prioritizing resources that ensure all Texans can live safely, and free from the kinds of harm, lies, and coercion CPCs spew onto people seeking support.”

Gina Lawrence, Director of Media and Communications of West Fund says,

“The West Fund serves people that live here on the border and across rural west Texas, who already lack adequate resources in our communities. By moving money away from reproductive health care and toward Crisis Pregnancy Centers, which lie to patients in order to get them to give birth rather than seeking an abortion, we are only making access to reproductive care harder in our state. Patients have called us several weeks into their pregnancies, saying that they thought they had an appointment at an abortion clinic, but the clinic turned out to be a Crisis Pregnancy Center that was running out the clock, so that abortion would no longer even be a choice. With the average West Fund patient already driving a 393 mile round trip to seek abortion care, increasing the number of CPCs will cause more people to seek help from the centers, only to discover they have been lied to. Rather than funneling money toward funding fake clinics that lie to patients, Texas should focus on actual reproductive health, including comprehensive sexual education, birth control, Medicaid expansion, and funding Planned Parenthood.”

 

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Statement: What will the Gorsuch Confirmation mean for abortion access? https://abortionfunds.org/gorsuch-confirmation/ Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:34:43 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6853 The Senate just confirmed a Justice who cares more about corporations than our families. Amidst ongoing and extreme international and national violence, we are witnessing a historic moment of governmental corruption that has resulted in the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Not only is this moment tearing apart the very fabric […]

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The Senate just confirmed a Justice who cares more about corporations than our families.

Amidst ongoing and extreme international and national violence, we are witnessing a historic moment of governmental corruption that has resulted in the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Not only is this moment tearing apart the very fabric that holds our nation together, but it will continue to destroy the lives of the people living here and around the world. Justice Gorsuch has proven that he will not side with people seeking abortions, transgender and gender nonconforming communities, people of color, workers, and immigrants. Justice Gorsuch has shown time and time again that he is willing to put the needs and desires of corporations ahead of families, science, and common sense. Now, his far right-wing stance will harm our families for a lifetime.

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

“Justice Gorsuch will decide the outcome of cases that will impact the livelihoods of everyone around this country—including our most personal decisions and access to healthcare. President Trump vowed to place a justice on the Supreme Court with the expressed intent of overturning Roe v. Wade and ending legal abortion in over 30 states, and with Justice Gorsuch he is aiming to fulfill his promise.”

Our Supreme Court is the final defense when it comes to upholding our constitutional rights, and as we saw last year in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, is the institution barring politicians from shuttering abortion clinics throughout a state. Today, that line of defense was irreparably harmed.

People who’ve had abortions deserve better than Justice Gorsuch. Senators who voted for him are complicit and our network will remember.

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Abortion Funds 101 https://abortionfunds.org/abortion-funds-101/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:01:01 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6826 Curious to learn more about abortion funds? Look no further! We have your basic 10 need-to-know details right here: Abortion funds are united as a network of organizations that are funding abortion and building power to fight for cultural and political change. We’re uniquely powerful because we’re pushing progress at local, regional, and national levels. […]

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Curious to learn more about abortion funds? Look no further! We have your basic 10 need-to-know details right here:

  1. Abortion funds are united as a network of organizations that are funding abortion and building power to fight for cultural and political change. We’re uniquely powerful because we’re pushing progress at local, regional, and national levels.
  2. The National Network of Abortion Funds supports the way this network of 70 member organizations operates and builds power together. We have an internal abortion fund called the Tiller Fund serving callers across the network and the Dr. Willie Parker Fund which goes directly to abortion funds working in the South.
  3. A lot of funds are run and led by volunteers who answer phone calls, drive people to appointments, and coordinate events like Bowl-a-Thon. These volunteers make abortion funds possible and reflect the racial, economic, and gender diversity that is so important to the abortion access movement.
  4. A majority of abortion funds do “intake” with people who contact them for funding using hotlines and coldlines. We never ask a caller to prove they need support and only gather essential information before pledging support.
  5. Abortion funds often help people navigate barriers in addition to paying for procedures. We make sure people feel respected and valued when they call. We believe in a holistic approach because people facing abortion barriers often face more than one. That’s why many funds also provide “practical support,” including transportation, child care payment, lodging, translation services, abortion doulas, and more.
  6. Abortion funds often reach out to each other informally if they can’t fully assist a caller, and this collaborative funding is leading to more collaborative fundraising too!
  7. Bowl-a-Thon and Taco or Beer Challenge are two examples of network-wide collaborative grassroots fundraising events that anyone can participate in! Member organizations are funded by communities and rely on you to spread the word about the critical work they’re doing. These two annual events are fun and important ways to show up for abortion access and your local fund.
  8. Abortion funds are autonomous in their structures and policies because they are experts in direct service in their communities across widely varying cultural and political geographies. Because of grassroots events, creative communications, and organizing, we are opening the door for individuals to join our movement who haven’t always had a seat at the table in the past.
  9. Abortion funds run out of money every month and can only support a portion of the people who call; the amount pledged to callers varies widely from fund to fund. That’s why we need to end coverage bans so abortion is a reality, not just a right. That’s also why local funds need a base of supporters to tap into.
  10. We know that funding abortion helps make abortion accessible on a daily basis, but we’re also fighting for everyone to have access to resources and support for ALL reproductive options in the future.

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