News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:22:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 https://abortionfunds.org/cms/assets/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon3-32x32.jpg News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org 32 32 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 In an effort to deceive Ohioans, the Ohio senate inserted a six-week abortion ban into an unrelated bill focusing on preventing child abuse. Thus, HB493 became an inhumane and stigmatizing ban on nearly all abortions before many people even know they’re pregnant. Today, they’ll likely also pass a ban on abortion at 20 weeks. The […]

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In an effort to deceive Ohioans, the Ohio senate inserted a six-week abortion ban into an unrelated bill focusing on preventing child abuse. Thus, HB493 became an inhumane and stigmatizing ban on nearly all abortions before many people even know they’re pregnant. Today, they’ll likely also pass a ban on abortion at 20 weeks.

The National Network of Abortion Funds denounces this ban as an immoral and heartless act of violence against pregnant Ohioans and their families.

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.”

At six weeks, pregnancy is still uncertain. It’s a critical time when many people are just finding out that they’re pregnant and are deciding whether they’d like to grow their families or not. Once again, legislators have inserted themselves into pregnancy decisions and are robbing Ohioans of the time they deserve to think about what is best for themselves and their family.

Bills like this deny people the right to health care, often before they even need it. Politicians are trying to shut down abortion clinics through meaningless regulations or by simply cutting off access before it even starts. 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.

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. Time and time again, the courts have found these restrictions patently unconstitutional, however legislators are hellbent on passing them to shame people seeking abortions and continue to waste taxpayers’ hard earned dollars defending them.

Ohio should be offering support and resources to people throughout their pregnancy, no matter whether they choose to remain pregnant or not. Instead, we see an irresponsible and deceitful attempt to criminalize and limit abortion at the expense of compassionate and common sense legislation preventing child abuse.

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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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We’re Hiring: Chief Financial Officer https://abortionfunds.org/hiring-chief-financial-officer/ Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:23:45 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6588 We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: December 23, 2016 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 […]

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

Deadline: December 23, 2016 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, exempt. Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package with health and dental insurance, generous vacation and sick time, retirement benefits, and more.
Location: Flexible/Remote (strong priority for Chicago)
Salary: 65K-75K

Description: The National Network of Abortion Funds seeks a capable Chief Finance Officer responsible and accountable for all aspects of the organization’s finances and accounting. The ideal candidate values inclusivity, collaboration, and accessibility in communication about financial matters and maintains professionalism, confidentiality, and efficiency when handling both day-to-day tasks and sensitive information. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and possess necessary skills to run the finances of the organization, with meticulous attention to detail. The CFO will be expected to communicate effectively across departments and with the Executive Director (ED) and Board of Directors, and be occasionally responsible for providing support and instruction to member organizations in our network.

Reporting to the ED, the Chief Financial Officer will focus on the finance, accounting and investment activities of the organization. They will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined systems with financial impact including finance, accounting, tax and legal compliance, and facilities infrastructure.

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

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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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We’re Hiring: IT Manager https://abortionfunds.org/now-hiring/ Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:47:08 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6389 We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: November 9th, 2016 at 9am 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 […]

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We invite you to join us as the newest member of our dedicated and growing team. Deadline: November 9th, 2016 at 9am 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: Communications Director & Chief Technology Officer

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

Location: Flexible/Remote (slight priority for Chicago)

Deadline: November 9, 2016 at 9am ET

Description: The National Network of Abortion Funds seeks a capable IT Manager responsible and accountable for the smooth operation of organizational computer systems and organizational cloud computing that adhere to certain requirements, specifications, costs and timelines. The ideal candidate values inclusivity, collaboration, and accessibility in communication about technical details and maintains professionalism, confidentiality, and efficiency when handling both day-to-day tasks and sensitive information. The ideal candidate will also be aware of the threats to information security at an abortion rights organization in a volatile political climate. The IT Manager will be connected with consultants, colleagues in the field, and full-time staff members to design and implement strong IT practices and infrastructure, as well as prepare and document standard operating procedures and protocols, and will be occasionally responsible for providing support and instruction to member organizations in our network.

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

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Our New Brand at the Intersections of Power and Love https://abortionfunds.org/new-brand/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:06:11 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6498 You’ve seen our look and feel change over the past year as we created new visuals for campaigns and print materials. Along the way, we’ve listened to your feedback and have been working to craft a new, official brand—something fresh for an intersectional abortion access movement. Today, the National Network of Abortion Funds is excited […]

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You’ve seen our look and feel change over the past year as we created new visuals for campaigns and print materials. Along the way, we’ve listened to your feedback and have been working to craft a new, official brand—something fresh for an intersectional abortion access movement.

Today, the National Network of Abortion Funds is excited to unveil this new brand with the launch of our website and strategic plan. The rebrand, website, and strategic plan design was an internal undertaking, created and supported by staff!

One of our biggest goals with the rebranding was so that abortion funds would feel more proud than ever to be part of this network. That’s why our new logo holds the specific meaning of unity through those strong connections between everyone in our network. It went through hundreds of iterations, informed by design trends, experimentation, and feedback from staff and board, until we arrived at the one that felt represented our identity: a diverse, interconnected network of values-driven organizations unified to fund abortion and build power.

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Our name, the National Network of Abortion Funds, embraces and lifts up the member organizations we work so hard to support. The phrase “abortion funds” only describes a part of the range of work for every organization in the network, but it’s a banner that we unite behind as our shared identity. One confirming moment for this happened at the All Access concert when Lucy Flores gave abortion funds a big shoutout. We were proud of this strong, shared identity!

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Thank you for inspiring our new brand that we hope represents to the whole world how proud we are to be working in support of a network of abortion funds.

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40 Years of Hyde Hurting Our Communities https://abortionfunds.org/funds-build-power-abortion-coverage-40th-year-hyde-hurting-our-communities/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:46:53 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6266 September 2016 marked 40 years since the Hyde Amendment passed. Abortion funds all over the U.S. didn’t let it go by without a fight, joining other All* Above All partners to hold a week of action for abortion coverage. Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund held FIVE banner drops throughout their state. Lilith Fund held a similar visibility […]

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September 2016 marked 40 years since the Hyde Amendment passed. Abortion funds all over the U.S. didn’t let it go by without a fight, joining other All* Above All partners to hold a week of action for abortion coverage.

Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund held FIVE banner drops throughout their state.

Lilith Fund held a similar visibility action. Amanda Williams, Executive Director of Lilith Fund, says,

“Hyde hurts our clients and their families – primarily Medicaid recipients and uninsured folks – because it forces them to pay out of pocket for a procedure that should be recognized by our government as a basic human right and basic form of medical care.” Read an article featuring Lilith Fund on the Hyde Amendment.

Women’s Medical Fund won a Philadelphia resolution calling on Pennsylvania and federal legislators to lift coverage bans and celebrated with a happy hour, a bike ride, and a street canvass! Funds also helped pass additional local resolutions in Ithaca and Boston.

TEA Fund held a performance called “Not That Simple,” highlighting stories from their hotline. Nan Little Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of TEA Fund, was quoted in Teen Vogue

“For people who are struggling to get by, a coverage ban might as well be a ban on abortion all together. Every day, the TEA Fund hears from people who are unable to afford the abortion that they have determined is best for themselves, their circumstances, and their families. We hear from people who are dealing with the impossible task of determining whether or not they can pay for the abortion they want and need, while still affording rent, tuition, and food for their families.”

Chicago Abortion Fund supporters made political art posters during a community workshop, and Brittany Mostiller, Executive Director of Chicago Abortion Fund, was interviewed in this Refinery 49 article about the Hyde Amendment.

Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund teamed with Repeal Hyde Art Project for a #CantHydetheFuture show.

Preterm launched a storytelling project “Humans of Hyde” for communities to share how Hyde has impacted them, which was covered in Rewire!

Many other abortion funds held local events or participated in social media campaigns. The week of action highlighted the local policy advocacy, artistry, and organizing power of this network. Now, that is what we mean by #BeBoldEndHyde!

Read more statements about how Hyde Hurts.

Read articles about the Hyde Amendment featuring the National Network of Abortion Funds Executive Director, Yamani Hernandez:

“The groundswell you’re seeing now and the broad-based support [to repeal Hyde] is definitely not accidental,” said Yamani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. “It’s been a specific strategy of the campaign to make inroads across movements, [especially] the economic justice movement. There’s been a parallel groundswell on fair wages, the realization of what poverty really means for people. And that’s raised the consciousness of the public and our lawmakers that it’s no longer just a question of keeping abortion legal.”

In this Vox piece, our ED weighs in on the important connections between reproductive and economic justice.

“Hernandez is the only black woman leading a national abortion-specific organization. She considers that progress, but she wants to see more . . . Hernandez said it’s important to have women of color leading the activism so other women of color can see ‘this is not just for white women. This is for all of us.'”

Our ED, Yamani Hernandez, spoke with Elite Daily about the Hyde Amendment and the intersection of racial justice and abortion access.

“The specific moment that stands out to me when I think about why I’m fighting to repeal the Hyde Amendment is a pregnant and already-parenting student who couldn’t afford abortion and was willing to orchestrate being physically attacked to end her pregnancy,” she says. “She felt it was easier to get beat up than find the money for an abortion.”

Our ED, Yamani, in Bustle speaking about one of the many reasons why we fight so hard against onerous abortion restrictions like the Hyde Amendment.

Our Executive Director Yamani, plus All Above All and Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights weigh in on the effects of Hyde on the communities we work with in this Rewire video. It’s past time to #BeBoldEndHyde. 40 years of injustice is 40 years too many. #United4Coverage

“For four decades the awful burden of the Hyde Amendment has fallen hardest on people of color, low-income families, and youth. Every day on the hotlines our funds hear from over 100,000 people who have to make impossible decisions, like choosing between paying for utilities or for their abortion care. Every day we must turn people away. And every time that happens our resolve is strengthened to end the bans on abortion coverage and other restrictions that make our work necessary in the first place.”

Yamani Hernandez quoted in press release on PRWeb, October 4th, 2016.

“[T]here are approximately 65 million people enrolled in Medicaid, many people who are [otherwise] uninsured, and 42 percent of people having abortions are low-income.” She details how these women are unable to pay for food, rent, and other essential expenses (also risking their jobs and traveling long distances) in order to secure out-of-pocket abortions. This, Hernandez believes, is a denial of “constitutional and human rights because of their race, income, or zip code.”

Yamani Hernandez quoted in UPROXX, September, 14, 2016.

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Dr. Willie Parker Fund for Abortion Access in the South https://abortionfunds.org/introducing-dr-willie-parker-fund-abortion-access-south/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:51:49 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6272 We are proud to launch the Dr. Willie Parker Fund for Abortion Access in the South! This new fund will provide financial assistance to help patients from Mississippi and Alabama access abortion care. Donate to the Dr. Willie Parker Fund today! As one of the only abortion providers in these regions, Dr. Parker sees the […]

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We are proud to launch the Dr. Willie Parker Fund for Abortion Access in the South! This new fund will provide financial assistance to help patients from Mississippi and Alabama access abortion care.

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Donate to the Dr. Willie Parker Fund today!

As one of the only abortion providers in these regions, Dr. Parker sees the deep burden of restrictive laws that chip away at reproductive freedom reflected in his work every day. He was moved to launch the Dr. Willie Parker Fund to ensure that Southerners are not turned away from providers due to lack of ability to pay, get to clinic and navigate the web of TRAP laws. We spoke with Dr. Parker about his patients, his motivation and his support for the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Tell us about yourself and your work.

I’m a Southern born African American man who’s a physician trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Board Certified, with a sub specialty training in family planning and contraception. I am a women’s health provider, reproductive justice advocate, and an abortion provider. I’ve been providing abortions since 2003 and I’ve been an OB/GYN for 25 years. The first 12 years of my practice I did not provide abortion care, but I became convinced in the deepest places of my being that reproductive justice and reproductive rights demand that women have full control of their reproductive lives and that means access to all of the reproductive possibilities, including abortion. So I’ve been an abortion provider for about 13 years. That work to me is human rights and social justice work.

What are some of the barriers that your patients in the South experience?

In addition to disproportionately high rates of poverty, there are racial and ethnic tensions, as well as very parochial notions about sexuality. [In the South] unplanned pregnancies represent a moral failure with regards to a lack of sexual discipline and a lack of religious values, and as such, there is a very punitive nature to the policies that govern reproduction. There are very few states – I think there are no states in the South – that use Medicaid funds for abortion. Then there’s the targeted regulations aimed at restricting access to abortion. They’re often known as TRAP laws and they result in medically unnecessary rules that are arbitrary and burdensome and cumbersome, both on women and the clinics and providers. Some of those barriers include waiting periods as long as 72 hours in Mississippi; no funding for abortion services; parental notification laws; facility standards that require outpatient facilities to meet ambulatory care surgery status. So it’s a perfect storm. Every particular way in which a barrier can be created, that seems to happen in the South and it seems to happen under the guise that it’s an effort to make abortion safer for women when it’s already extremely safe.

What moved you to raise money for abortion funding in Mississippi and Alabama?

As a provider in both states since 2012, I know firsthand what some of the barriers are. I made the effort to relocate to the South and make myself more available to provide services in this region of the country. Even after many women come and get their counseling, and they get their assessment of the gestational age, I’ve seen women not come back because they could not clear the financial hurdle of paying for the service. People who oppose abortion have not been able to stop women who have means from getting abortion because of the [Hyde Amendment]. But they have been able to block women who have limited financial means from getting an abortion by blocking the usual source of coverage for medical care. In substance, they’ve created a system that says, “Although we don’t agree with abortion, you can have an abortion if you can pay for it,” which is unethical and, in my opinion, immoral.

So, it made sense to me that we need to come up with modes of assistance that stand outside of the regulatory authority. And that would be private donations to create a fund that would be targeted towards states that are challenged by poverty and restrictive laws. It just didn’t make sense to me to be in Mississippi and Alabama and not try and address the issues that are major barriers.

Why do you support the National Network of Abortion Funds?

As I’ve travelled the country and in some other parts of the world when people hear about the plights of people in the South, specifically Alabama and Mississippi, they’re moved by compassion to want to do something.

I really appreciate that NNAF makes a sustained effort to reduce the financial barriers for women all across the country and try and organize and fill the gap where that kind of assistance doesn’t exist. They have been able to standardize the process of local abortion funds being created and coming up to speed, being efficient at both generating funds and distributing funds to where the need is.

They are able to help funds to distribute monies more equitably; they are able to support local abortion funds, strengthening and collaborating with them, as well as being a repository for people from outside of the region who may not know how to get monies to local abortion funds. NNAF has played a clearinghouse role for those local abortion funds.

That was attractive to me and that’s why I approached them about creating a funding opportunity in the South.

I’m a fan of NNAF and I was humbled and flattered that they were willing to host and develop a fund in my name. It gives me the opportunity to champion the cause of women in the South and distribute funds in way that will be most helpful in Alabama and Mississippi. It’s just one more piece of the many pieces that have to fall into place for women to be empowered to exercise their full rights, to control their reproductive lives and thereby their whole lives.

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