News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:47:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 https://abortionfunds.org/cms/assets/uploads/2016/08/cropped-favicon3-32x32.jpg News – National Network of Abortion Funds https://abortionfunds.org 32 32 In response to POTUS rescinding guidelines supporting transgender & gender-variant students https://abortionfunds.org/transgender-students-statement/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:47:50 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6777 The National Network of Abortion Funds denounces Wednesday night’s rollback of federal guidance interpreting Title IX in support of transgender and gender variant students in schools. While the law has not actually changed, this unnecessary gesture from the Trump administration is blatantly discriminatory and meant to make it harder for transgender students to be safe […]

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The National Network of Abortion Funds denounces Wednesday night’s rollback of federal guidance interpreting Title IX in support of transgender and gender variant students in schools.

While the law has not actually changed, this unnecessary gesture from the Trump administration is blatantly discriminatory and meant to make it harder for transgender students to be safe and affirmed at school. Lambda Legal said in their statement on Thursday, “We all know that Donald Trump is a bully, but this attack on transgender children is a new low. Today’s move could endanger the well-being and safety of children across the country.”

This should not be a partisan issue. The decay of protections in schools threatens our ability to be who we are, to safely grow our families, pursue our health, and live our authentic lives. We vow to protect transgender and gender variant youth — we will continue to fight until we see that they are guaranteed the right to all basic protections and human rights, including access to safe schools and quality medical care, such as abortion and gender affirming health care.

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

“Though the law itself is the same, revoking the guidance is equivalent to rescinding some protections since the guidance was meant to protect and affirm. What this looks like on the ground in many school districts is different than what lawyers and policy makers think it looks like just because the law says something. In my past work with school districts, I observed that many school districts did not interpret Title IX the way the Obama administration and many supportive state courts did. While the law has not actually changed and transgender students still have rights, revoking this guidance is still intentionally hateful, discriminatory, and meant to harm them. The government has no place in enabling harassment of any kind. We will not wait idly by as this administration punishes our identities and the identities of those we love and have committed to support.”

We are deeply concerned at the impact this revocation of guidelines will have on transgender students. Data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey shows a correlation between the suicide rates of transgender teens and bathroom restrictions in schools, and researchers went as far as to eliminate any bullying that occurs outside of the restrictions themselves. According to the survey, 40% of respondents have attempted suicide in their lifetime. This rate is nine times higher than the national average of 4.6%.

Students across the country should not be afraid or intimidated out of entering a place which holds the primary purpose of enabling young people to learn and grow. Title IX is still intact and we must be vigilant in letting youth know their rights. The ability of all youth to thrive depends on all of us doing everything we can to work towards more just and affirming environments.

Over the past several months, it has become clear that the louder we cry for liberation, the more brutally the new administration will try to dominate us. We will not let the current administration intimidate us into ceding any ground regarding our deeply held belief that every person no matter their race, religion, income, immigration status or gender identity, deserves to live the fear free life they envision for themselves and their families. Together, we will not be stopped.

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Bowl-a-Thon is back in 2017, & we’re going to raise a cool $1 Million! https://abortionfunds.org/bowlathon-2017/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:01:53 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6750       It’s 2017 and Bowl-a-Thon is back! Bowl-a-Thon is how we show annually that the power of fundraising 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 […]

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It’s 2017 and Bowl-a-Thon is back! Bowl-a-Thon is how we show annually that the power of fundraising 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.

This year, there will be events in 28 states plus the District of Columbia with 37 abortion funds participating. We have a goal of raising more than $1 million together! We came so close last year! We’re proud to be resilient in this changing political climate and in the face of ongoing anti-abortion aggression. We hope you’ll join us!

We learned so much about our network during Bowl-a-Thon 2016.

We learned that our network is a target for anti-abortion cyber attacks, so we need to devote more time, energy, and resources to the security of our network than we ever have in the past. We also learned that our network is incredibly resilient, and that we have a strong community willing to rally at a moment’s notice.

We won, together. Last year, we raised $940,000, making 2016 the most successful Bowl-a-Thon year ever. Every donation made will make a huge difference in the life of someone who might not have been able to get an abortion otherwise. We fundraise for abortion because people should be able to access abortion no matter their race, socioeconomic status, age, gender identity, or where they live.

We know abortion funds are targeted by anti-abortion extremists with violence and online harassment year round, especially when we are most visible and successful. Because NNAF is responsible for the network’s peer-to-peer fundraising, we are committed to growing our network’s fundraising potential through Bowl-a-Thon. If a disruption occurs during Bowl-a-Thon and you want more information, you can go to our System Updates page for the most recent updates from the National Network of Abortion Funds as we maintain and monitor the Bowl-a-Thon website.

Thank you for having our back, bravely fundraising with us and donating to support abortion access, and making it fun! Our resilience is a result of a strong grassroots network of autonomous organizations working in solidarity.

This year, you can join an event, host an event, fundraise virtually, donate, share badges and flair on social media, and donate again! Throughout the month of April there will be amazing local events, not just bowling, but also Game-a-Thons, Dance-a-Thons, and even a (non-athletic) “Triathlon.” Participants have awesome team names like The Fempire Strikes Back, the Bowling Green Massacres, Striking Fear into the Hearts of Despots, and Make Abortion Great Again. If you don’t know us yet, this is a great way to join our community of abortion funds.

Come play with us! Together, we can raise more money for abortion access than we ever have before.

 

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Tiller Fund Report: Five Years of Abortion Funding Data Released https://abortionfunds.org/tiller-fund-2017/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:04:46 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6734 Download the Tiller Fund Report PDF [7MB] Less than eight hours after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller’s assassination in 2009 by anti-abortion extremists—in response to a many inquiries, and the resulting request from Dr. Tiller’s own office—the National Network of Abortion Funds created the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund, also referred to as the Tiller […]

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Download the Tiller Fund Report PDF [7MB]

Less than eight hours after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller’s assassination in 2009 by anti-abortion extremists—in response to a many inquiries, and the resulting request from Dr. Tiller’s own office—the National Network of Abortion Funds created the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund, also referred to as the Tiller Fund.

The research presented in this report is comprised of secondary data analyses of 3,999 administrative cases in the U.S. showing how the Tiller Fund has been used over the five years from 2010 to 2015, including information about who was funded and what circumstances were at play in their lives when they needed abortion funding. Clients in the second trimester were prioritized by NNAF for funding assistance, given the increased costs and the need for expediency associated with abortions in the second trimester.

Sample demographics were examined and compared to demographics of abortion patients nationally.[i] Costs, funding assistance, patient resources, and changes over time in pledges for second-trimester procedures were also examined. The researchers also examine whether pledges for procedures in the second trimester increased over time in light of increases in state-level abortion restrictions enacted from 2010-2014. Further, the researchers traced geographic origin, and whether or not funding requests were more likely to originate from states with Medicaid and private insurance restrictions.

The report makes a case that paying for abortion is an undue burden on anyone who is seeking one. The results of this research suggest a need for repeal of discriminatory abortion policies and for abortion to be fully covered by all health insurance, both public and private.

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and approximately 70 member organizations work 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. The funding provided is a vital public health resource given the difficulties accessing abortion in the U.S., yet little was previously known about the impact of the assistance provided.[ii],[iii], [iv]

Read more when you download the Tiller Fund Report PDF [7MB]


[i] Pazol, K., Creanga. A. A., Burley, K. D., & Jamieson, D. J. (2011). Abortion surveillance-United States. Morbity & Mortality Weekly Report, 63(ss11), 1-41.

[ii] Ely, G. E., Hales, T. W., Jackson, D. L., Maguin, G., & Hamilton, G. (in press). The undue burden of paying for abortion: An examination of abortion fund cases. SocialWork in Health Care, DOI:10.1080/00981389.2016.1263270

[iii] Ely, G. E., Hales, T. W., Jackson, D. L., Maguin, G., & Hamilton, G. (in review). Where are they from and how far must they go? Examining region and travel distance in patients with pledges for abortion funding assistance.

[iv] Ely, G. E., Hales, T.W., Jackson, D. L., Bowen, E. A., Maguin, E. & Hamilton, G. (in review). A trauma-informed examination of the hardships experienced by abortion fund patients.

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Our Supreme Court should be like us. https://abortionfunds.org/scotus-nominee-2017/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 21:35:30 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6729 The National Network of Abortion Funds has no faith that Supreme Court nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch is willing or able to ensure the justice and equality sorely needed by every person living in this nation, particularly people who have abortions. We will fight the nomination now, and we are ready to fight for a generation […]

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The National Network of Abortion Funds has no faith that Supreme Court nominee Justice Neil Gorsuch is willing or able to ensure the justice and equality sorely needed by every person living in this nation, particularly people who have abortions. We will fight the nomination now, and we are ready to fight for a generation if need be. Justice Gorsuch does not satisfy our requirements for a Supreme Court justice who truly represents our core constituencies. Instead, he would pile on to the Supreme Court’s already ample representation of wealthy, white cisgender men that have a long, consistent history of denying freedom to people not like them. In our vision for the future, power and resources, including abortion access, are not limited by privilege, wealth, zip code, citizenship, or race.

We want a Supreme Court justice who reflects our lived experience and the power and potential we see in ourselves. We want a Supreme Court justice who knows what it means to struggle to get by. Whose rights have been threatened. Who knows what it means to fear for the life of their child if they are targeted by law enforcement based on race, gender identity, where they worship, or immigration status. Who has had to pay out of pocket for birth control and an abortion or who has had to call an abortion fund because they could not do it alone. A justice who has come out to their family and friends as genderqueer. Who is a woman of color. We want a Supreme Court justice who knows what justice looks and feels like because they have felt its absence.

We want a Supreme Court justice with a track record of support for people who need it most. Who believes in fairness and honesty and won’t privilege their personal religious beliefs over equality. Who is not seeking to gain power through their position but seeks to share power with those of us who are currently feeling powerless. Who has over and over again defended the freedoms that currently seem to be slipping through our fingers, or too far away to see.

The track record we see from Justice Gorsuch undermines our reproductive justice values and our basic freedoms. He has taken the side of religious organizations and corporations who bring challenges to the Affordable Care Act, including limiting access to contraception in Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor. He expressed willingness to bend the rules of law and fact to defund Planned Parenthood in Utah. He believes that he knows what’s best for our lives and experiences better than we do.

Now is the time to respond and let your Senators know we are not willing to accept this nominee.

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Welcome Back, EACH Woman Act! https://abortionfunds.org/ewa-2017/ Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:01:10 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6722 The National Network of Abortion Funds applauds the Honorable Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) as she reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act  for the 115th Congress. We are thrilled to see bold leadership bucking the trend and fighting for abortion access as anti-choice legislators are pushing to ban abortion […]

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The National Network of Abortion Funds applauds the Honorable Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) as she reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act  for the 115th Congress. We are thrilled to see bold leadership bucking the trend and fighting for abortion access as anti-choice legislators are pushing to ban abortion altogether. The EACH Woman Act guarantees that every person who receives their health insurance through the federal government will be covered for all pregnancy-related care, including abortion. On a state and local level, the bill ensures that politicians will not be able to interfere with or prevent private insurance companies from making the decision to cover abortion care.

Five years of data from the National Network of Abortion Funds George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund shows that the Hyde Amendment and other abortion restrictions increase cost, delays, and distances traveled for people seeking abortions, and these barriers are hitting people of color, people with multiple children, single parents, and people with low incomes especially hard. Some cities and counties have passed resolutions against Hyde to ease the burden on their residents, including Boston and Cambridge, MA; Cook County, IL; Ithaca, NY; Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA; Madison, WI; New York City, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; and Travis County, TX.

The EACH Woman Act puts forth these two basic standards for reproductive health as a challenge to the Hyde Amendment, a 40 year old policy  banning the use of federal funds to pay for, or to subsidize private insurance coverage of abortions. The reintroduction of the EACH Woman Act comes a week after the House of Representatives voted 238-183 to pass H.R. 7 which would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and bar ACA state marketplace private insurance plans from covering abortions, and the President signed the Global Gag Rule which bars all international health organizations receiving funding from the United States from performing, counseling on, or referring to abortion services. The EACH Woman Act is a courageous piece of legislation in a sea of anti-choice, anti-science, and racist policies threatening to ban abortion, including as early as six weeks.

The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), has been working for over two decades to make safe, legal abortion accessible to all, no matter their income or zip code. NNAF is proud to be a co-sponsor of the EACH Woman Act, partnering with All* Above All in their campaign efforts to turn passive supporters into active co-sponsors.

Yamani Hernandez, Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, speaks from experience:

“One of the primary reasons abortion funds exist and a major barrier to justice for the communities we serve is the Hyde Amendment, a violent piece of legislation that prevents people who are enrolled in Medicaid from accessing the healthcare we need and denies us full control over their lives and futures.

More than half of our callers are from the South, nearly half are African-American, and a large proportion are already parents. We’re also seeing an increase in second trimester abortions, which indicates that people are encountering serious obstacles to getting immediate abortion care, and these delays are more expensive and more intrusive. The people who call us for funding strengthen our resolve to end all bans on abortion coverage and other restrictions that make our work necessary in the first place.

During these tumultuous political times—during which we so often find ourselves playing defense—the abortion access movement is surging forward, bravely pushing policies that not only repeal insidious legislation such as the Hyde Amendment, but that firmly ensure that it is a right of each person to be able to decide when and whether to have a family. Allowing Draconian legislation like the Hyde Amendment to remain the status quo is not an option. This is why a broad policy initiative, like the EWA, is so crucial.”

As funders of abortion, NNAF and its membership, which now consists of both organizations and individuals, are all too familiar with the lasting negative impacts barriers to abortion access have on people and their families. Every day, we hear from callers who must sacrifice groceries, forgo paying rent, or take unplanned time off work simply to get the procedure, and from many who are unable to afford the procedure at all and must carry their pregnancy to term.

Amanda Williams, Executive Director of the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity and Texas native, knows the effects of these barriers all too well:

“Texas has been at the forefront at some of the most historic fights for reproductive rights in our country’s history. With a recent Supreme Court win under our belts, we are in a better position to expand access in our state, but the infrastructure for abortion care is still not meeting the needs of our communities by a long shot. With fewer than 20 clinics left to serve our entire state of Texas, and with Texas refusing to use its own state funding for abortion, the Hyde Amendment is yet another barrier to access that disproportionately harms Lilith Fund’s clients, who are primarily low-income Medicaid recipients, under or uninsured folks. Hyde hurts our clients and their families because it forces them to pay out of pocket for a procedure that should be recognized by our government as not only a basic human right, but a basic form of medical care that Texans of all socioeconomic backgrounds depend on.”

Abortion funders, many of whom are volunteers, answer the calls from those in need of financial and logistical assistance, and they fundraise and advocate and talk about Hyde with their loved ones. The direct experiences of our membership—many of whom have also had abortions themselves—bear witness to the fact that lack of access to abortion is a grave injustice. They are answering a crisis in their communities; they deserve to be listened to, and it’s absolutely because of the non-stop, impassioned work of member funds, their communities allies, and those seeking abortions that Hyde is part of the political conversation today. That’s why we’re seeing extremist, unethical bills like H.R. 7 surface immediately at the start of the new administration—anti-abortion politicians have seen what we can do and will stop at nothing to make sure people of color and people with low incomes are denied access to the same services that others can afford. Our reproductive rights should never be the first bargaining chip on the table when things get rough.

By supporting the EACH Woman Act, we are proclaiming that will not rest idle as we find ourselves mired in the most brutally hostile anti-abortion political climate the United States has ever seen. Rather, we will strike out on the offense to ensure that all people are able to access the abortion care they are so clearly entitled to. And that we will stop at nothing to ensure that this basic human right is not just a reality in theory, but a reality in practice. We are not going anywhere. We will continue to resist. We hope you will join us.

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Internship Position Available: Bowl-a-Thon Internship with EMA, Inc. https://abortionfunds.org/internship-position-available-bowl-thon-internship-ema-inc/ Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:47:21 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6719 Deadline extended: Feb 5, 2017 at 11pm EST. 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 […]

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Deadline extended: Feb 5, 2017 at 11pm EST.

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 Manager and National Bowl-a-Thon Coordinator, with weekly check ins with Movement Building Coordinator and local abortion fund Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc.

Status: Part-Time Contractor Status

Location: West Palm Beach, FL and surrounding communities

Compensation: $1,250 stipend

Hours: 3 – 5 per week

Duration: Feb 15 through April 30, 2017, with possible two week extension in early May depending on need

Deadline: Feb 5, 2017 at 11pm EST

Description: The National Network of Abortion Funds is partnering with Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc. (EMA) to hire an on the ground organizing intern to support outreach and board recruitment of Bowl-a-Thon participants and donors. The Bowl-a-Thon is an annual abortion access fundraiser, hosted by individual abortion funds at bowling alleys nation-wide.

EMA is one of the earliest abortion funds, founded just two years after abortion was legalized in 1975. EMA is an all-volunteer fund that works with four other abortion funds in Florida to share the expenses of high-cost abortions and to help people who live in areas that lack abortion funds. Last year EMA helped 300 individuals who otherwise could not have paid for an abortion.

The Bowl-a-Thon internship is a great stepping stone to a possible EMA board position and greater involvement in supporting abortion access in the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast community.

The ideal candidate is highly organized, has a strong work ethic, and pays meticulous attention to detail. The Bowl-a-Thon organizing intern has the ability to exercise sound judgment and use diplomacy and discretion in handling confidential information with tact and professionalism. The ideal candidate will be efficient and a forward-thinking self-starter.

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

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Congress Seeks to Make Discriminatory Abortion Coverage Ban H.R. 7 Permanent https://abortionfunds.org/congress-hr7-2017/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:07:35 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6707 We’ve made progress educating people about the Hyde Amendment. That’s why they’re trying to stop us by making it permanent. Moments ago, mere days after the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision affirming the constitutional right to an abortion, Congress voted to ban abortion access for marginalized communities. Despite millions of people marching […]

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We’ve made progress educating people about the Hyde Amendment. That’s why they’re trying to stop us by making it permanent.

Moments ago, mere days after the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision affirming the constitutional right to an abortion, Congress voted to ban abortion access for marginalized communities. Despite millions of people marching around the world in support of abortion access and racial, economic, and gender justice, Congress chose to respond by voting to withhold abortion coverage through H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act.” H.R. 7, and its Senate companion S.184. These are vicious pieces of legislation that bar people seeking abortions from using their health insurance for basic reproductive care. It denies those of us who can’t afford an abortion the trust and respect we deserve as humans to determine the course of our own lives and families.

H.R. 7 makes the Hyde Amendment permanent law; banning federal funds from covering abortion care for those enrolled in Medicaid, detained in federal prisons and immigration detention centers, Indian Health Service, federal employees and their families, and those who are n the military and Peace Corps. This heartless bill also denies the District of Columbia the ability to use their own money to cover abortion care for residents, and bars private insurance companies from offering abortion coverage on the state marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

Politicians who voted in favor of H.R. 7 either don’t realize or don’t care that policies causing an undue burden of paying for an abortion contribute to delaying abortions, which elevate both cost and risk, and also eliminate the option of medical abortion for many. For people with lower incomes, obtaining costs for a procedure may take weeks or months, forcing patients to travel greater distances to providers who offer services for late stage procedures. The effects of both federal and state-based policies have already combined to create a class-based gap in the reproductive health system that often cannot be bridged by people who are struggling to get by.

These extreme regulations also encourage private health insurance companies to stop providing abortion coverage altogether. This ruthless vote to ban abortion coverage comes less than a day after the Trump Administration signed the Global Gag Rule, denying organizations around the world the ability to talk about abortion as an option if they receive any U.S. funds.

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

“The National Network of Abortion Funds, and its 70 organizational members, have been fighting against the Hyde Amendment for decades. As a part of the All* Above All campaign to eliminate abortion coverage bans, we know that by passing this bill on to the House, Congress has shown complete and utter disregard for the health and welfare of those seeking abortions, particularly those who cannot afford it. This is an inhumane government overreach for anyone who has a health insurance plan.

“Abortion coverage bans are how politicians specifically target people with low incomes and communities of color in ways that they can’t restrict other groups. We know policies like the Hyde Amendment disproportionately harm people of color and their ability to afford abortion care because of data gathered over the last five years from our own abortion fund, the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund. We see the tremendous real-world, harmful effects when politicians restrict public funding of abortion or set up barriers to access, and it is clear all such policies must come to an immediate end.”

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A Vision for Abortion Access in Uncertain Times https://abortionfunds.org/a-vision-for-abortion-access/ Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:35:46 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6697 In this volatile political climate, it’s more important than ever to center a full and abundant vision of reproductive justice in the work we do. The National Network of Abortion Funds is committed to shifting the conversation about abortion, and to ensuring it’s a real option, accessible without shame or judgment and framed within the […]

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In this volatile political climate, it’s more important than ever to center a full and abundant vision of reproductive justice in the work we do. The National Network of Abortion Funds is committed to shifting the conversation about abortion, and to ensuring it’s a real option, accessible without shame or judgment and framed within the broader context of life. Whether carrying a pregnancy to term, having an abortion or trying to parent the children one already has, seeking abortion is one moment where people who are experiencing racism and economic injustices see those forms of oppression magnified.

We fund abortion today because we know that barriers to abortion access are ample, and growing daily. Anti-abortion ideologues feel empowered in a climate of hate and shame to push their agenda harder onto people with the fewest resources to fight back. The Hyde Amendment already disproportionately affects people using their federal insurance from getting a safe, affordable abortion. People with low incomes, those who are using Bureau of Indian Affairs insurance, federal employees, federally incarcerated people, and members of the military are all excluded from exercising their right to an abortion by restrictions on their insurance.

On top of that, every day, anti-abortion politicians are pushing more nonsensical and harmful regulations on patients and providers to make getting an abortion even harder; they’re working tirelessly to try to shame us, to get us to give up, to build their power on our backs. Funding abortion is a political act; redistributing money and volunteer energy to those seeking abortions in the face of oppression is an act of solidarity and strength.

We organize to build power for tomorrow. While we’ll never stop fighting for the right to get an abortion without shame or economic hardship, we know abortion is just one place where our reproductive lives are unfairly controlled. In the fight for accessible and affordable abortion, we’ll also fight for the right for us all to build the families and have the children we want, without economic coercion. When all areas of our sexual and reproductive lives are respected and supported, and when we’re given access to information, contraception that works for our lives, and robust health care options for caring for ourselves and our communities, we will be closer to making free decisions. We envision a world where all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities, and health for themselves and their families — in all areas of their lives. We believe that the voices of people most impacted by barriers to care are the voices that should be the loudest and most heard.

We know accessible abortion is bound with the fights for economic and racial justice. As long as we’re in a society that devalues our options and opportunities with racial discrimination, where families are fearful for the lives of children harmed and killed by state violence, where schools and housing are divided unjustly, and where not all children have the resources to get the comprehensive health care they need, we’re less able to make pregnancy decisions free from fear. When many of us are not being paid a living wage, when we don’t have paid time off to spend taking care of our well-being and our family’s health, when we are struggling to make ends meet around every paycheck, we are less able to make pregnancy decisions free from coercion. When our families are fully cared for and our networks can help care for us, we will be stronger.

We are not free until we can bring our whole selves to these decisions, knowing we have the support and resources for whatever we decide is best for our lives. The National Network of Abortion Funds will continue to work until we are all truly trusted with the autonomy to be a whole person with plans, dreams, and options, whether we decide to have an abortion, parent, or participate in adoption.

When we are surrounded by uncertainty, the one thing we can be sure of is that we need each other more than ever before. In this spirit, we reaffirm our fight to leave no one behind. We are not free until we all are free, and we will not see justice until all of our lives are protected and respected. We will continue, and work harder, to center the stories of people having abortions and calling abortion funds. We will work every day towards a world in which every reproductive decision, including abortion, takes place in a thriving community that is safe, peaceful, and affordable.

In Solidarity,

Yamani Hernandez
Executive Director
National Network of Abortion Funds

View our strategic plan. 

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We reject the new administration’s stance on abortion. https://abortionfunds.org/reject-new-administrations-stance/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:09:40 +0000 https://abortionfunds.org/?p=6692 Today we mourn as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States and Michael Pence as the Vice President of the United States. Together, these two men create a dangerous recipe for anyone seeking an abortion in our nation, and abroad. The Trump-Pence Administration’s inauguration comes only days ahead of the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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