Gearing up for the 2017 Game-a-Thon

National Network of Abortion Funds

We are excited to announce our biggest fundraiser for the year: Game-a-Thon!

Each year, the National Network of Abortion Funds and local abortion funds work together to raise the bulk of our annual funding in the funnest way possible. You might see NNAF and other cities talking about the Bowl-a-Thon. In DC, we participate a little differently: We play games.

This year, we’ve set a fundraising goal of $70,000, and we need you to help us reach it.

Here’s how you can participate: create or join a team, then reach out to your families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, frenemies, etc. to ask for donations. Not so sure about how to fundraise for abortions? We’ll provide you with some tips and templates to help get you started.

With help from our amazing volunteers and supporters in the community, we surpassed our goal last year—and we hope to have the same success this year!

The event will take place on Saturday, May 6 from noon to 3 p.m. The location will be revealed to participants after registration.

Get started today by creating or or joining a team! If you aren’t in the DC area, or won’t be able to attend the event in person, you can still participate! Most of our fundraising before the event takes place virtually.

Stay tuned to the blog, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter to follow along on our fundraising progress. You can also spread the word by RSVPing to the Facebook event and inviting friends.

For more information on the Bowl-A-Thon and why fundraising for abortions is a social justice issue, read NNAF’s Why We Bowl.

Roe v. Wade Day 2017

To reproductive rights activists and advocates, Jan. 22, 1973 is the day that changed everything. The Supreme Court announced its decision that the constitutional right to privacy includes a right to abortion. Now, 44 years later, we celebrate Roe v. Wade Day as a historical moment in women’s rights.

Some legislators today are working hard to overturn Roe, and with the potential of incoming conservative Supreme Court justices, we could see the right to choose be slowly taken away. When we celebrate Roe v. Wade Day, we celebrate the clinics, physicians, patients, and advocates who work tirelessly to make sure people have access to the abortion care that is their constitutional right.

This year, Roe v. Wade Day falls the day after another important day for women’s rights: The Women’s March on Washington. Many organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia will be holding additional events to rally around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We encourage supporters to attend these events. If you can’t make it, join in the conversation by using #7in10forRoe and tweet why you stand with the 70 percent of Americans who support Roe v. Wade.

Jan. 12-Feb. 19: Roe
Get tickets to the world-premiere of Roe at Arena Stage. The play tells the story of the lawyer arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court, the plaintiff looking to terminate her pregnancy, and the polarization in American culture.
Buy tickets here.

Sunday, Jan. 22: Rally for Roe
Join NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland at St. John’s United Methodist Church, where supporters will be celebrating the anniversary and committing to working together to fight the threat to justice in Maryland in the coming year.
RSVP here.

Friday, Jan. 27: Roe v. Wade Anniversary Rally and Celebration
The National Organization for Women and NARAL Pro-Choice America will gather at the Supreme Court to show support for the historic ruling.

Tuesday, Mar. 14: The Power of Roe
Mark your calendar for an event with NARAL Pro-Choice America at the Hamilton.

$28,609

Thanks to many of you for making our Peace, Joy, and Choice holiday party such a roaring success!

With your generous support, we raised $28,609 to continue to make abortion accessible to patients in the DC area. Our average grant is $170 to cover the funding gap between what patients can pay and the full cost of their abortion care, so the proceeds from this night alone may help an estimated 168 people access the healthcare they need!

We couldn’t imagine ending the year on a higher note — made even more inspiring by celebrating with so many of our volunteers and friends!

Thank you again to our sponsors for their generous support.

Platinum
Catholics for Choice
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
PPFA Health Center Advocacy Program
Jon O’Brien & Colleen Duffy, donated in honor of Renee Bracey Sherman

Gold
ConwayStrategic
DCAF Board of Directors
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force
Amanda Bartelme
Suzy Goldenkranz & Seth Samuels
Rebecca & Brandon Gotwalt
Tiffany Reed & Saj Popat
Jonathan Rucks
Natale Zimmer & Michael Battaglia

Silver
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Organization for Women – DC Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Plan Bees Alumni
Cordy Galligan
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel
Catherine Heffernan Gibson
Allison Mitchell & Kris Gill
Jill Morrison
Chitra Panjabi & Pete David
Suzanne Swink & Colleen Crinion
Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer
Joy Levin Welan

Bronze
Advocates for Youth
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Code for DCAF
Women’s Information Network (WIN)
Chioke Barkari
Laura Blyler
Katie Breslin
Michelle Campbell
Emily Crofoot & Jake Spiegel
Claire S. Gould
Caitlin Gullickson
Sara Imershein, MD MPH
Jessi Leigh Swenson
Val Vilott

Want to help us help even more patients? Donate today at dcabortionfund.org/donate2016

Peace, Joy, and Choice Holiday Party

UPDATE: We’ve been so overwhelmed by support that we’ve reached capacity! If you’re interested in attending our holiday party, please sign up for our wait list and we’ll let you know if spots become available. We’re also continuing to accept donations here

Join us to celebrate our community — and all the work we have done together this year to continue to make choice a reality. We’re excited to toast with you at our annual Peace, Joy, and Choice holiday party on Monday, Dec. 12!

Seven days a week, all year long, DCAF’s volunteer case managers run our free, confidential helpline. In our last fiscal year, we provided over $135,000 in financial support to cover the funding gap between what patients are able to pay and the full cost of their abortion care.

At our annual holiday party, you can learn more about DCAF’s work, meet the volunteers and leaders who keep DCAF running, and join us in a toast to — you guessed it — peace, joy, and choice!

Who: You and other reproductive justice supporters in the D.C. area
What: DCAF’s 12th annual Peace, Joy, and Choice Holiday Party
When: Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lost Society (2001 14th St., NW)

A Very Special Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Platinum
Catholics for Choice
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
PPFA Health Center Advocacy Program
Jon O’Brien & Colleen Duffy, donated in honor of Renee Bracey Sherman

Gold
ConwayStrategic
DCAF Board
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force
Amanda Bartelme
Suzy Goldenkranz & Seth Samuels
Rebecca & Brandon Gotwalt
Tiffany Reed & Saj Popat
Jonathan Rucks
Natale Zimmer & Michael Battaglia

Silver
NARAL Pro-Choice America
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Organization for Women – DC Chapter
National Women’s Law Center
Plan Bees Alumni
Cordy Galligan
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel
Catherine Heffernan Gibson
Allison Mitchell & Kris Gill
Jill Morrison
Chitra Panjabi & Pete David
Suzanne Swink & Colleen Crinion
Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer
Joy Levin Welan

Bronze
Advocates for Youth
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Code for DCAF
Women’s Information Network (WIN)
Chioke Barkari
Laura Blyler
Katie Breslin
Michelle Campbell
Emily Crofoot & Jake Spiegel
Claire S. Gould
Caitlin Gullickson
Sara Imershein, MD MPH
Jessi Leigh Swenson
Val Vilott

You Don’t Want to Miss This: The Singing Abortionist

Singing Abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler

Holocaust survivor. Womanizer. Pro-choice crusader. Dr. Henry Morgentaler has been called the most loved — and hated — man in Canada. The documentary, “The Singing Abortionist” is an exploration of this man, who once performed an abortion, live on television, on Mother’s Day. And it’s screening at the Washington Jewish Film Festival.

Screening Details
Tuesday, September 13
Reception: 6:00 pm
Screening: 7:30 pm
at the Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
Get your tickets

Make sure to join us for a pre-screening networking reception at the 16th Street Lobby featuring happy hour drinks. The first drink is even free with your ticket — bonus!

We’ll be there along with our partners Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and the Women’s Information Network.

Stick around after the screening for a Q&A with filmmaker Dara Bratt.

You can RSVP on Facebook too. We hope to see you there!

The Singing Abortionist Trailer from darabratt on Vimeo.

photo credit: Flickr user rabbleradio

It’s Here, with Beer: Taco or Beer Challenge!

tobcDo you wanna have a beer and taco-bout abortion? So do we!

This Friday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 p.m., DCAF, the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Women’s Information Network (WIN) will be hosting our tastiest fundraiser of the year: our third annual Taco or Beer Challenge!

Join us at Mission in Dupont Circle to eat a taco, drink a beer, donate to DCAF, and challenge your friends to do the same. That’s it? That’s it! We will have a spot for donations and swag – and anyone who donates $5 or more gets a wristband with drink specials.

Over the past two years, the Taco or Beer Challenge has raised thousands of dollars for abortion funds across the country. Check out the Taco or Beer Challenge Tumblr to see the smiling faces of those enjoying their food, beverages, and reproductive rights.

Interested? RSVP to the Facebook event here and invite your friends.

Can’t make it? That’s OK – you can do it anywhere! Enjoy your tacos and beer on your own turf and make a donation. If you want to take it one step further, snap a picture and join the online community of abortion fundraisers by using the hashtag #ToBC16. And feel to tag us on Twitter and Instagram at @dcabortionfund.

Mission is located just above Dupont Circle at 1606 20th St. NW. We hope to see you there!

by volunteer Carrie E.

They Attacked Us. It Didn’t Work.

As you may have heard, the NNAF Bowl-a-Thon site was hacked recently. Details are forthcoming as NNAF continues its investigation, but we can say this: It’s an effort to stop us from helping people access their abortion care. And just like every other attack on those of us who fight to make reproductive choice a reality, it’s not working.

We’re still here and we’re still funding abortion care. And we hope you’ll keep helping us. We’ve set up a new donation page on our website to accept donations as part of the Bowl-a-Thon/Game-a-Thon, so you can still support the event and even make sure your favorite gamer gets credit. Just list their name in the field on the form here.

This attack has served as a reminder of just how toxic the current climate of reproductive health care is. Make no mistake, this attack is not limited to bowling-themed fundraising sites. It’s clinics closing in Texas. It’s Planned Parenthood being defunded in Ohio. They won’t stop – but neither will we. We’re going to keep funding abortions as long as there is someone who needs help.

You can help us by donating today.

Commemorate Roe Day

Jan. 22, 1973, is probably one of the most important days in American history for women’s rights. It was the day the Supreme Court announced its decision in the Roe vs. Wade case, its decision to legalize abortion in the United States.

However, it is important to remind readers that Roe has not completely protected the right to choose. Hundreds of laws that roll back reproductive rights have been introduced and implemented across the country, and clinics, doctors, and patients continue to be targets of harassment and violence. This is why organizations such as DCAF do the work that they do.

Though the March for Life is usually the loudest voice in DC on Roe Day, this year will be a little different. There will be many pro-choice events planned in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. We encourage supporters to attend these exciting events!

In DC, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, Feminist Majority Foundation, National Organization for Women (NOW), DC NOW, and the Women’s Information Network (WIN) have teamed up to hold several events commemorating the anniversary. The theme is “When did the ‘Right to Life’ Become the Right to Terrorize?”

Thursday, Jan. 21: Press Conference and Lobby Day
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the National Press Club, there will be a press conference focusing on the personal testimonies of clinicians and escorts who have witnessed the violence against the reproductive community. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) will be the main speaker. RSVP here.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. participants will visit 14 Congressional representatives to advocate that they take action to end terror against the reproductive rights community. RSVP here.

Friday, Jan. 22: Supreme Court Rally and Celebrating Choice Social Event
From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a peaceful gathering outside of the Supreme Court building to protest the attacks against a woman’s right to choose, and celebrate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling.RSVP here.

From 6 to 9 p.m., all are welcome to join a social event at the Madhatter in Dupont Circle. There will be drinks and appetizers, with remarks by Heather Booth, a member of WIN’s Advisory Council. RSVP here.

Looking for events in Maryland or Virginia? See below.

Silver Spring, Maryland

Friday, Jan. 22: NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is sponsoring a happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. at Denizens Brewing Co. RSVP here.

Monday, Jan. 25: NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is sponsoring a book reading and discussion in Baltimore with authors David Cohen and Krysten Connon about their book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism. RSVP here.

Richmond, Virginia

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Women’s Equality Day of Action
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia will host a breakfast and then attend lobby meetings.

1 to 3 p.m.: Lunch and debrief

5 to 7 p.m.: Women’s Equality Coalition Reception

If you are interested in attending any of these events, please RSVP by emailing Michelle.Woods@ppmw.org.

Note: Watch out for #snowvwade, which may cause issues for scheduling and traffic. Check with sponsoring organizations to make sure events are still on! The weather may also cause issues for patients trying to access reproductive health care — >donate to DCAF in honor of #snowvwade in order to help patients whose appointments may be postponed. 

By volunteer Maggie G.