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The DCAF board is pleased to publish our FY2010 Annual Report! We are extremely proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the last year, and are excited for what 2011 will bring. We are so grateful to all of our case managers, volunteers, donors, and supporters like you.

Some key facts from the report:

1,766 women and girls called the DCAF hotline last year, averaging 147 calls per month. The volume of calls nearly doubled compared to FY2009, where we received 971 calls.

DCAF case managers gave an average grant of $149 per patient.

Demand for services has increased over 300% during the last 4 years.

The report also includes an update on how the new health care insurance reform bill affects abortion access, and statistics on our callers and finances.  Read the full report [PDF] here!

Here is one last statistic from the report: 95 cents of every dollar you donate to DCAF goes toward funding abortion care for women from the DC Metropolitan area.  Please include us in your holiday giving this December with a one-time or monthly donation to DCAF.  Anything you can give, even just $10, will help. Click here to donate online!

We’re ending the year with our annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 14th at the Topaz Hotel, so please join us!  The suggested donation is $20, and all are welcome to attend.  Bring friends!  Thanks and happy holidays!

Photo credit: yarnivore on Flickr

Guest Post: The Abortion Debate is About Women

This post comes from one of DCAF’s volunteer case managers.  She is an American University student who wrote a letter to the editor of her campus newspaper after AU Students for Life created a display on the quad and wrote a letter to the newspaper editor falsely claiming abortion is genocide.  She was not confident The Eagle would publish her letter, so we have reprinted it here:

November 11, 2010

The Abortion Debate is About Women

In light of the recent discussion surrounding the abortion debate, I feel it necessary to voice my opinion after counseling women from varying backgrounds and circumstances on their abortion options and how to find funding for their procedures. Some of these women choose abortion, some do not. No matter what they choose, I support and trust them. Ultimately with every woman I speak to the issue is the same at its core. This debate transcends discussion of unborn babies, genocide, potential life or murder. It is about dignity, respect and the basic human right to control our lives. This debate is about women.

It is about single moms living on welfare while single-handedly raising families.
It is about the ability to control our bodies.
It is about not going back to a time of back ally procedures or the end of a dirty coat hanger.
It is about the option for a woman to have a child when and if it is best for her.
It is about being a person and not a tool for reproduction.
It is about hearing the voices of young women silenced in our society.
It is about trusting women to do what is right for them, their families and communities.
It is about women.

To frame this argument any other way is an injustice to the experiences of the women at the center of this debate. We so often forget these women in the midst of our political banter. We forget their fears, hopes, futures, thoughts, concerns and tears. We forget this is a legal medical procedure done—or not done—to someone’s body. We forget women deserve respect. We forget the reality of choice.

Our society has come to politicize women’s health and ultimately their bodies. My body is not a political tool. My experiences are not yours. My health care is not your business. Do not forget my voice or the voices of your friends, mothers, partners, sisters and neighbors. Our voices are the reality of this debate, not empty political jargon or hateful, uninformed rhetoric. We must remember when we get caught up in politics that the abortion debate is and always will be about women.

In solidarity,
[name redacted]
Senior, CAS, SIS

Twitter Talks: Why Women Have Abortions

The trending topic #IHadAnAbortion recently cropped up on Twitter, started by the fantastic @IAmDrTiller, and some really fantastic stories have come across it to remind us of the importance of our work and the need to end the stigma surrounding abortion in our society.

Here’s a sampling from the topic:

In 1997, I pawned my wedding ring & #IHadAnAbortion. Now I volunteer 4 my local abortion fund.

Yep, #IHADANABORTION.. more than one, now that I am ready I am now 7 months pregnant w/ my 2nd child…my body, my decision!

The fact that some women regret abortion it is irrelevant. Sometimes I regret a haircut, doesnt mean it shld b illegal #ihadanabortion

#ihadanabortion at 48, the day my dghtr came home from 1st yr at college; forever grateful it was safe and legal, if costly

If you’re offended by the #ihadanabortion tag, you should see the #idiedinchildbirth and #iwasanunwantedbaby tags.

Some women could say #Ihadanabortion and #Ihadababy. 60% of women who have abortions are mothers.

#ihadanabortion Because no child of MINE was going to be raised by a 19 yo welfare mom!

My body. My choice. #ihadanabortion #endthestigma

#IHadAnAbortion @ 17 … no one helped much; every1 tried to protect the dude’s reputation. Yuk. Grateful I had the option. I vote #prochoice.

If you’re offended by the #ihadanabortion tag, you should see the #idiedinchildbirth and #iwasanunwantedbaby tags.

The stigma around abortion is powerful, but tenuous. We must break it with our willingness to talk without apology about abortion and what choice means for women. We must continue to focus on making choice a reality, because without access, there can be no choice.

Every day, abortion funds bridge a critical access gap. We provide financial support to low-income women who have nowhere else to turn. Since the US government’s flawed policies provide no answers for these women, we step up to meet the need, with the help of generous supporters that believe in our work.

Please consider helping us meet these needs by supporting DCAF – donations of any size are appreciated and needed, and 98% of your donation goes directly to a woman in need.

Interested in learning more about #IHadAnAbortion on Twitter? Read an article from Salon about the topic, and click through to view the live #IHadAnAbortion stream through Twitter Search. And remember, stay in touch with DCAF by following us on Twitter!

Save the Date: DCAF Holiday Party, December 14th!

The DC Abortion Fund would like to invite you to our annual holiday party:

“Peace, Joy, and Choice”

Tuesday, December 14th, 6-9pm
Topaz Bar– Enlightenment Room

1733 N St NW

Raffle prizes, drink specials, and hors d’oeuvres
$20 suggested donation

*All proceeds to support the DC Abortion Fund*

Questions? Email dcafevents@gmail.com
For sponsorship, please email Allison at allison_mitch@yahoo.com

Please visit www.DCAbortionFund.org to make a gift for this holiday season!

Why the War over Reproductive Freedom is Really a War

Rachel Maddow, of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, will debut her new documentary “The Assassination of Dr. Tiller” tonight at 9pm EDT on MSNBC.

Remember to tell your friends, family, and networks to tune in – while the film promises to be a powerful reminder for those of us in the pro-choice movement, the rest of the country needs to know how much is at stake if we remain silent.

Check out the preview below and check your local listings!

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Celebrate DCAF with NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland!

We are excited to announce that

NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland

will honor

at its 21st Annual Evening of Chocolate Gala

with honorary chair U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski:

October 16, 2010, 8-11 PM
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

Tickets are on sale now!

Please join DCAF at this wonderful event!

Event: The Coat Hanger Project Film Screening & Q&A with the Filmmaker!

The DC Abortion Fund presents

The Coat Hanger Project

Film Screening/Q&A with Filmmaker Angie Young & DCAF

Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 6:30-8:30 PM

BloomBars in Columbia Heights

3222 11th Street NW

“Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, anti-choice forces have been making it their mission to dismantle women’s reproductive freedom. They came together, brilliantly strategized, pooled their resources, and slowly but steadily they have been implementing their attack. Their weapons: money, the legal system, the government, the media, the church, and – this is the scariest of all – you.”

Check out the film’s Trailer below and RSVP here on Facebook!

We hope to see you there!

What’s a Year in the Life of DCAF? Our Annual Report

We are proud to release our FY 2008-2009 Annual Report, as written by our very own board member Diana Philip.

To read our FY 2008-2009 Annual Report, please click here.

We know that we often come to you with fundraising requests and exciting events and so the day to day information like…women

Who do we serve?  What are their stories?  How old are they?

What is our budget? Where does it come from?

How great is the community need?

are questions that get lost in the race to meet the demands for our services.  So in that spirit our annual report seeks to make it all a bit more transparent.

A few key highlights:

  • 971 calls placed to the DCAF Hotline in FY 08-09
  • 335 individuals were offered grants, 234 received funding
  • Demand for our services has increased 200% over the last three years

To read our FY 2008-2009 Annual Report, please click here.

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