DCAF’s Bowl-a-Thon Is Second Largest in US!

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The DC Abortion Fund Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser is just 3 DAYS AWAY! Get excited!!!

The DC prochoice community is furiously fundraising for our Bowl-a-Thon this Sunday, and we have overtaken Rhode Island’s Women’s Health and Education Fund to be the second-largest Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser IN THE COUNTRY.  We are $3000 short of our fundraising goal of $20,000, so let’s make these last 3 days count!  Ask your friends, family, roommates, mail carrier, landlords, and strangers to donate to DCAF — every little bit will help women and girls in our community.

We are so grateful for the support of pro-choice activists from across the country who have opened their wallets for us.  This week has been really tough since DC Medicaid coverage of abortions ends today (thanks Congress!) but your generosity has really blown us away.

Congress cuts DC Medicaid abortion coverage

During last week’s budget standoff, we saw congressional leaders fight over giving women the health care services that they need and deserve. This fight was not about saving money, but rather a harsh political tactic driven by anti-choice members of Congress.

A compromise was reached, but at what cost?

Congress has yet again thrown away the rights of DC women, and Friday’s budget deal included a rider to reinstate a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions in the District of Columbia.  Just as they always have, anti-abortion lawmakers will further their agendas on the backs of DC women.

We are outraged.

We MUST fight back. Stand up for the women of DC by supporting our work with a generous donation today. It is critical that we boost our fund since the need for DCAF grants will increase, and we can’t sustain our work supporting women without you.

Please donate to DCAF today so we can help women in DC pay for the abortion services they need and deserve.

Happy Anniversary, Roe v. Wade!

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.

Given the ongoing battles to secure full and equitable access to comprehensive medical care – including abortion – for women, today provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of Roe and the strides we have made as a movement.

In the spirit of Roe, we asked some of our board members a simple question: On its 38th anniversary, what does Roe v. Wade mean to you?

“To me, Roe means the freedom for women to reach their full potential and determine the course of their own lives.”

“To me, Roe v. Wade means being empowered to decide when to be a parent.”

“Roe means I am allowed to choose what I do with my body. Roe is about trusting women to do what is right for them, their families and their community.”

“Roe allows women and girls the legal right to access abortion care and with that, the right to decide how their reproductive capacities determine the meaning of “family”.  In the spirit of  Roe, women and girls can seek legitimate, safe, quality health care in order to help maintain the resources and energy they already provide to those in their care and safeguard their future fertility in case they desire to add to their existing families.”

“Roe is a step toward the day women are no longer second-class citizens in this country.”

“For me, Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court’s acknowledgment that women are not defined merely by our biology;  we too have the right to self determination.”

“Roe v. Wade means that it’s not up to anyone else to tell me what to do with my body.”

While the anniversary of Roe makes us grateful for the rights we do have, there is much left to do to protect, and advance, the rights of women.

So today, on the anniversary of Roe, please remember how fragile access to choice is for many women in this country. Without access to public funding for abortion care, funds like DCAF are working as hard as we can to fill the unmet needs in our community.

DCAF in the news

Happy new year!  We’ve gotten a little press and blog coverage over the last few weeks, so here’s a brief round-up in case you missed it:

  • Frances Kissling of RHRealityCheck named DCAF president Tiffany Reed and longtime board member Alexis Zepeda as pro-choice heroines of 2010 for the years they’ve dedicated to launching and running DCAF.
  • The American Prospect quoted Tiffany in an article on how the new, more conservative Congress will affect DC politics and residents on issues including DC Medicaid coverage of abortion and US congressional representation.
  • Progressive catering company Grassroots Gourmet donated a batch of cookies for our holiday party in December, and gave us a nice shout-out in their blog post about holiday giving.

Here’s hoping the new year brings DC Medicaid payouts for abortion coverage and the end of the Hyde Amendment!

How to pay for your abortion

Our parent organization, the National Network of Abortion Funds, posted a great list detailing the financial counseling questions that abortion funds like DCAF have to ask callers to help them find funding for their procedures.  It is not pretty, but it is necessary.  The Chicago Abortion Fund has a similar list here.  Here’s a short list of questions excerpted from the NNAF list:

  • What would happen if I went without a landline?  Can I shut off my cellphone for a month?
  • Can I call my children’s school about subsidizing their lunch for the next few weeks?
  • Do I have anything valuable I can pawn for a few weeks?
  • Can I sell some of my furniture, my television, my bike?
  • Can I sell the unused portion of my monthly bus/train pass?
  • Have I considered collecting bottles or cans on recycling day?

After financial counseling with a volunteer DCAF case manager, DCAF callers call our hotline back with the amount of money they have raised toward their procedures.  Based on that amount and the caller’s circumstances, their case manager will make a pledge toward the amount of funding assistance we can provide to supplement what they have raised.  The average grant we disbursed last year was only $149.

Such a small amount makes a tremendous difference for women and girls in our community.  So please include DCAF in your holiday giving this year by making an online donation today.