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Roe v. Wade Events in the DMV

Roe v. Wade vigil January 22, 2013

Roe v. Wade vigil January 22, 2013. credit: Colleen Crinion

This week we celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade (the official day is January 22nd) and the DMV has some events going on.

DC NOW’s annual Roe Anniversary Reception
Thursday, January 22nd
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Busboys and Poets: 1025 5th St, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Meet members of the local NOW community, hear from speakers, and enjoy some drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
RSVP on Facebook.

Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition Day of Action
On January 22nd, activists from across Virginia will join together to demand that the Commonwealth protect reproductive freedom. Times and locations vary, so check out the page and make sure to RSVP.

If you’re in the mood for something more artistic yet still in the vein of bashing abortion stigma, we suggest heading to the Studio Theater for Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. It is composed of 13 scenes from 10 different female playwrights with one mission: to create a new conversation about abortion and move beyond the political rhetoric and divisive debate to a more personal understanding of the role abortion plays in women’s lives. It is only showing one night, on January 20th. You can get tickets here.

Join All Above All Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm EDT for the Google Hangout “Is Roe a Reality for All*. The following rad women will be on hand to chat and take questions:

Shivana Jorawar, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
Amanda Williams, Lilith Fund (Texas abortion fund serving low-income women)
Jessica González-Rojas, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Have a question? Just submit them when you RSVP. Or, you can tweet your question to #Roe4All and tag it with @AllAboveAll.

All Above All will also have a tweetchat on January 20th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. They’ll be asking the question, what will it take to get #Roe4All?

There will also be a call hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) on January 21st from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. NCJW leaders from Louisiana, Washington, and Tennessee and a guest from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) will share key lessons from their local work to advance abortion access and affordability in the context of reproductive justice. There will also be time for questions and to share your own efforts, as well as connect with other advocates.

Know of any other events? Email and we’ll add it to the list.

Another successful party celebrates Peace, Joy, and Choice!


Volunteer of the Year Steph and President Val celebrating.

On a windy Wednesday in December, the DC Abortion Fund hosted its 10th annual Peace, Joy, and Choice holiday party at Capitale. The evening started at 6:30 p.m. and a small group of anti-abortion protestors gathered to help attendees find the entrance. Nearly 200 supporters braved this cold evening to join DCAF members in celebrating another successful year.

The evening was spent mixing and mingling with representatives from a spectrum of pro-choice groups, including Catholics for Choice, various NARAL Pro-Choice America chapters, the Women’s Information Network (WIN), Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF), National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Maryland. The night’s events also included highlight our incredible volunteers—without whom we could not serve the patients who need us most.

The finale came with DCAF President Val Vilott taking the floor to share the success of the last year, thank the supporters who made the past year a success, and honor the all-volunteer staff who made it possible. Val finished the evening with a call out to all the guests for on-the-spot donations. Thanks to the good will of all, with attendees giving $5,787 and exceeding Val’s request. Together, we raised more than $15,000 in support of abortion funding. It was a wonderful evening of peace, joy and choice and generous spirit, ensuring another great year for DCAF.

Thanks again to our wonderful sponsors, as well as Capitale and Eastern Confederate for their generous donations, and of course, you! Here’s to another year of great things for DCAF!

Written by volunteer Jenn. R. Photo courtesy Colleen C. 

DCAF annual report for FY2014 is available now!

DCAF annual report imageThe DC Abortion Fund is pleased to release its FY2014 Annual Report! Although this was a challenging year for pro-choice legislation across the United States, DCAF had its most successful year yet and worked to improve the lives of patients right here in the DC area. Here are some highlights from the last 12 months:

DCAF screened over 3,100 calls from patients in need, and was able to offer financial assistance pledges to nearly 1,000 of them. The total amount of pledges offered was nearly $200,000 – an increase of more than 20 percent from last year! Over 700 of these pledges were redeemed, which is 700 people who were able to access abortion services that might not have otherwise been able to.

DCAF also continued its Brighter Futures Together program, distributing educational materials and engaging in outreach efforts to youth ages 10-21. Our most successful training – Let’s Talk About Sex – incorporated a series of lunchtime forums on sexual and reproductive health for service provides who work with youth. DCAF also exceeded its goals by assisting nearly 200 youth through our helpline and providing nearly $25,000 in funding to youth patients.

2014 also saw some great additions to the DCAF team – our roster of case managers continued to rise and now includes 48 volunteers who work with callers in the metro-DC area and liaise with our partners to get our patients seen. We also hosted trainings and apprenticeships for new volunteers, as well as an in-service refresher for veteran case managers.

In March, DCAF accepted a Washington Women of Excellence in Public Health award from the District of Columbia Commission for Women. This award recognizes the continuing importance of DCAF’s work, which would not be possible without your support! We are incredibly grateful to the Commission for Women and to the Mayor’s office for giving us this honor.

“With the release of our annual report, it’s great to see on paper what we already knew – the last year has been a phenomenal year for DCAF,” said board President Val Vilott. “We’re a strong fund that’s sustained by such an incredible group of volunteers, and it really shows. We have so much to be proud of! I hope our supporters enjoy reading the report as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

Check out the report in its entirety here.

Written by volunteer Bethany O.