We Remain Determined

“We don’t know what the next year will bring. But we know DCAF will always be there.”

I wrote this to our community at the end of 2019, without knowing what a difficult year 2020 would prove to be.

Between a global pandemic, economic downturn, and a new conservative Supreme Court majority that will likely be hostile to not only abortion access but also LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and more, saying it’s been a tough year is putting it very lightly.

But through it all, our DCAF community of volunteers and supporters has remained determined to make abortion accessible in the DC area.

And right now, there’s a rare opportunity to double your impact and ensure more patients have access to abortion care they need! All gifts made through December 31 will be matched by a generous donor, $1-for-$1, up to $25,000 – meaning your gift will go twice as far to fund abortions in the DC area.

Thanks to your support, DCAF has been able to step up and meet the increased financial needs of our callers while continuing to work toward a world in which everyone has personal bodily autonomy and can live in safe and sustainable communities.

As the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis created more barriers to abortion access than ever before, we’ve been able to increase the median pledge to DCAF callers by 50 percent and pledge a total of $437,000 to help people afford their abortion procedures (from March-November 2020, up from $352,000 over the same time period in 2019).

We’ve come so far but can’t stop now. Please, make a tax-deductible gift today to support our work in 2021 and beyond. The matching gift offer expires at midnight on December 31.

-Dee S., DCAF President

Thank You for Making Holiday Party a Roaring Success

Thank YOU for making last week’s Holiday Party such a roaring success!

With your generous support, we raised (*drumroll please*) over $63,000 — a record-breaking amount! — to continue to make abortion accessible to patients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. What a wonderful way to celebrate DCAF’s 25th anniversary year!

Want to help us help even more callers? Thanks to a generous donor, any gift you make through December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000!

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people continue to need abortions — and many are facing even more financial barriers and other obstacles due to the health and economic crisis. Thanks to your support, DCAF has been able to step up and meet the increased financial needs of our callers: Since March, our median pledge to callers has gone up by 50 percent, and we’re on track to pledge more dollars than even before.

As the pandemic continues into 2021, we hope we can count on you to continue your support by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Wishing you and your loved ones a safe, restful, and joyous holiday season. Thank you again to our Holiday Party sponsors for their generous support:

Michela Masson

Amanda Bartelme
Carrie Ross and Dr. Marvourneen Dolor
Catholics for Choice
Danielle Geong & Adam Pimentel

Arona Kessler
DCAF Board of Directors
Dr. Sara Imershein
DuPont Clinic
Ladies Who Chat (and Fund Abortions)
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sara Adland & Kiran Bhatraju
The Guerra Family

Abortion Wholigans
Advocates for Youth
Amy Mannarino
Colin Fleming
Jessica Arons and Shira Saperstein
Johanna Gray & David Muraskin
Melissa Martinie
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
Natale Zimmer
National Health Law Program
National Women’s Law Center
Peggy and David Shiffrin
Planned Parenthood Advocates for DC, Maryland & NoVa
Rabbi Hannah Goldstein and Josh Friedman
Shana Fitzpatrick
Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force

Alison Jones * Caitlin Gullickson * Cara Eisel * Caroline O’Shea * Carrie Engel & Tarik Yousif * Claire S. Gould and Joe Sprott * Hannah Sheehy * Hurley Family * If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice * Illysa Schrager * Jill C. Morrison * Julia Quinn * Kate Vlach & Jon Ettinger * Kathy Yanuck Wenger * Maggie Rosenbloom * Marya Torrez & Michael Farmer * Melissa Shube * Mindy & Danny McGrath * NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland * National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum * Tiffany Reed * Tina & Brian Seliber

Join us for our annual holiday party

While we can’t be physically together for our annual Holiday Party this year, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this year’s successes virtually on Thursday, December 17.

It’s been a hard year (to say the least), but we still have a lot to celebrate as a DCAF community:

  • We turned 25 years old! That’s 25 years of compassionate case management, growth, and commitment to a world that centers and trusts people with their health care, no matter where they live or what’s in their wallet.
  • We stood in solidarity with our allies in speaking out for immigrant justice, racial justice, and inclusive cash assistance policies to help our D.C. neighbors struggling amid the pandemic.
  • And throughout this tumultuous year, DCAF has continued to raise and distribute money for abortion access — because funding abortion is mutual aid, and the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis means people are experiencing more barriers to abortion access than ever before.

Even though it is happening virtually this year, the core of Holiday Party remains the same: celebrating and supporting DCAF’s critical mission of making abortion accessible and bringing together the community — that’s you! — that makes our work possible.

To make the event accessible during this difficult time, tickets are free, but if you are able, you can add a donation when you register.

As the COVID-19 health and economic crisis continues, we’re finding that more people continue to need more help affording their abortions. If you or your organization are in a place to give more, please consider demonstrating your commitment to abortion access with a sponsorship gift. Learn more about Holiday Party sponsorship levels and packages, starting at $250. The funds raised for this event — like all donations to DCAF — will help make abortion accessible for all.

We can’t wait to “see” you at the party on December 17! We know it’s been a tough year, but that makes this time of community and joy matter perhaps more than ever.

We are feeling all of the things in this moment

Big news! Voters from across the country came out in record breaking numbers to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

We are feeling all of the things in this moment, as are many of you. The incoming administration will open up possibilities for us to push for much needed change.

Because is still so much work to do.

Abortion remains out of reach for many – especially Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), people who face documentation barriers, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and other people who are routinely denied access to health care in many other states across the country. And these barriers are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in places that are already impacted by harsh abortion restrictions, delayed access to health care, and economic instability.

Defending against anti-abortion restrictions is not enough when the reality is that abortion is accessible only to people who have resources.

DCAF remains committed to ensuring abortion is available to all who need it, regardless of how much money they have or where they live. There’s a long road ahead for abortion access, and we need you with us.

If you are able, please consider making a monthly gift to DCAF to support abortion access all year long.

DC Abortion Fund Denounces Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Confirmation

Today, the Senate voted to confirm anti-abortion extremist Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

We’re incredibly disappointed and disgusted. But we’re not done fighting. We will continue fighting to expand access to abortion services in the DC area — access that Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment directly threatens.

As a brief recap, Amy Coney Barrett has suggested that abortion is “always immoral” and has publicly voiced opposition to Roe v. Wade in her personal life. And as a judge on the Seventh Circuit, Coney Barrett argued to uphold two separate, restrictive anti-abortion laws

People across the country already face a number of daunting hurdles to abortion access — including mandatory waiting periods, restricted insurance coverage, and physician refusal of service. Confirming an anti-abortion extremist like Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court will all but ensure that even more abortion restrictions are proposed and upheld across the country.

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation also poses a massive threat to the Affordable Care Act and the 8.3 million Americans who depend on it for health insurance coverage. Coney Barrett has criticized Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold key parts of the Affordable Care Act and in 2012, she petitioned against the ACA’s requirement that employers cover contraception, saying the mandate was a “a grave violation of religious freedom and cannot stand.” 

We’ve already seen more people traveling to the DC area for abortion care because of increased restrictions in their state (many are already living in a post-Roe world), and we only expect the demand to grow, especially with Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court.

But no matter what happens after she joins the bench, we will always be committed to working together with you — our community of supporters — to make abortion accessible.

Please join us with a monthly gift today to continue to support our work in 2020 and beyond.

DC Abortion Fund Condemns Amy Coney Barrett SCOTUS Nomination

In the middle of a global pandemic and with just weeks to go before the 2020 election, President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett, an anti-abortion extremist, to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat.

Amy Coney Barrett is staunchly anti-abortion and has suggested  that abortion is “always immoral.” As a judge on the Seventh Circuit, she repeatedly sided with hostile states in defending restrictive and medically unnecessary abortion laws. Although abortion is already out of reach for many people, the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett would all but guarantee further restrictions in abortion access. If she is confirmed, anti-abortion extremists will get much closer to their goal of overturning Roe v. Wade or rendering its protections meaningless for people seeking abortion care across the country.

Amy Coney Barrett has also opposed efforts to ensure equitable access to contraception. In fact, she signed a letter criticizing the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate and the Obama administration’s accommodations for religious entities.

As the SCOTUS prepares to rule on the legality of the ACA, her confirmation will put the future of the Affordable Care Act at risk. Amy Coney Barrett has critiqued Justice Roberts’ decision upholding key parts of the Affordable Care Act. If confirmed, she is likely to be on the bench for the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to be heard this November, just days after the election.

Even more troubling, Amy Coney Barrett also holds dangerous views on LGBTQ equality. She has defended the dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court ruling which made marriage equality the law of the land — and has suggested that Title IX rights afforded to trans people be reviewed.

But this fight is not just about Amy Coney Barrett — Trump has packed the nation’s federal courts with more than 200 judges in lifetime positions, including Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, and many others with records of hostility to reproductive rights and abortion access. 

Here’s three things you can do right now to fight back:

  1. Donate to DC Abortion Fund! Abortion funds like ours are going to need your dollars more than ever if Barrett is confirmed. We know that overturning Roe v. Wade or limiting access to abortion — especially coupled with limiting access to birth control — is not going to end abortion. In fact, we anticipate that the need will only grow.
  2. Call Congress. Yes, even if you’re a DC voter, you can call and explain why she is a bad pick — along with the hypocrisy of confirming a new Supreme Court justice less than 40 days before the election.
  3. Invite a friend to take action. Invite them to call their Senators (especially if they’re in a key state!) and donate to DCAF or an abortion fund in their state.

Immigrant Justice is Reproductive Justice

Editor’s Note: The below statement was made by the DC Abortion Fund Board of Directors in response to reports of forced and coerced hysterectomies of detainees at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in Georgia.

This past week, we, like many of you, read the horrifying reports of forced and coerced hysterectomies of detainees at ICE detention centers in Georgia. The DC Abortion Fund stands in solidarity with the survivors of this appalling injustice. 

We also know that the stories we have heard are not isolated incidents, and we honor the legacies and stand with the many Black, brown, and Indigenous people who have suffered and continue to be harmed by the long history of state-sanctioned violence, forced sterilization, and attacks on bodily autonomy in this country. We know that these incidents in Georgia are not isolated, but a part of an insidious and sickening pattern of violence and neglect at the hands of ICE and the US government within our borders and abroad. ICE is a rogue agency with a track record of violence, negligence, and the destruction of communities and families, and it must be abolished. For too long, we have been hearing accounts of abuse and medical neglect within the agency, and this reckoning is long overdue. 

We also stand with and owe a great deal of gratitude to nurse Dawn Wooten, the brave Black woman who risked it all and spoke out about these injustices, and to the many immigrants who have been and are continuing to share their stories in Georgia and beyond. 

We are sickened and outraged at the blatant disregard for human rights demonstrated by this inhumane treatment and the other unacceptable health conditions of LaSalle Corrections facilities and other detention centers, jails, and prisons. As an abortion fund, we fight for the values of reproductive justice where all people have bodily autonomy and access to care for themselves and their families. We stand with our community to fight for immigrant justice and racial justice as we condemn the existence of ICE, the violence it inflicts, and the legacy of white supremacy that it upholds. 

We encourage you as a member of the DC Abortion Fund community to learn from and donate to the folks in Georgia and beyond who have been sounding the alarm on these grave injustices for years. We will continue to update this list as we have more information. In addition to our partners in abortion funding at ARC-SE, we encourage you to explore Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, South Georgia Immigrant Support Network, Families Belong Together, UndocuBlack, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration

The Taco or Beer Challenge is Back

The tastiest challenge is back! Like in previous years, the Taco or Beer Challenge (backstory here) is all about eating tacos, drinking beer, and donating to abortion funds—but this time, we’re doing it virtually.

Here’s how you can participate in three easy steps:

Step 1: Grab takeout or beer to support one of the restaurants that have partnered with DCAF in the past—or make tacos at home.

Step 2: Donate to DCAF!

Step 3: Share your photos of steps 1 and 2 with the hashtag #DCAFTOBC, tagging at least three friends to challenge them to do the same.

Want to take the challenge with friends? Join DCAF for a virtual happy hour on Thursday, September 17, where we will do all those things together!