There are no words to adequately describe the baffling mixture of feelings conjured by combination of fear for the future and the gratitude at the outpouring of support Women Have Options has received this week. I don’t need to tell you that we face an unprecedented and deeply troubling threat to our democracy. But, that threat is complex and it comes myriad additional threats to the safety, dignity and civil rights of people of color, economic security of many, access to reproductive health care and on and on. It’s an awful list.
While there is so much that is uncertain, I wanted to reach out to assure you that Women Have Options is here for what lies ahead. Our work is to make sure reproductive healthcare is accessible to all who need it. The degree to which our work just got more complicated is unclear in this increasingly radicalized and rapidly changing social and political climate. But, here is what I know for sure: Our work together to protect abortion and birth control access and the communities that need it has never been more important than it is at this moment.
Ohio has been a battleground for reproductive rights for some time and given the wildly emboldened opposition, we need your help now more than ever.
This is an extraordinary time for Women Have Options – and one of immense and exciting change. After 22 years as an all-volunteer organization, and an eighteen-month planning and hiring process, we have our first staff Executive Director, Stephanie Craddock Sherwood. The board made the decision to transition from an all-volunteer organization because we recognized the need for WHO/O to expand our reach to make abortion affordable and safe for all women in Ohio.Read more
Black Lives Matter! Say it with us!
Women Have Options Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
In the wake of the ongoing murder of innocent people of color by law enforcement, the board and staff of Women Have Options feel that we must publically speak out about the issue of racist violence; especially the structural and state-supported racism that too frequently manifests as overzealous, brutal, and fatal policing. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and we mourn with them for every life that is lost to racially motivated violence.
We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other organizations working for justice, respect, safety, and dignity for communities of color. We echo the National Network of Abortion Funds with this call to action: “If you have not been paying attention, this is the time to start. If you have been paying attention and have remained silent, this is the time to speak. If you have been speaking and unwilling to take action, this is the time to act. If you have been acting, it is time to get louder.”Read more
Do we really need an excuse to eat tacos and drink beers with friends? Probably not. But if you do, what better of an excuse can you have than to raise some vital funds for those in need to access their reproductive choices?
Right now abortion funds around the world are holding the Taco or Beer Challenge, #tobc16 for short. Abortion stigma is real, and the Taco or Beer Challenge is about encouraging people to smash some abortion stigma by being loud and proud about directly funding abortion.Read more
Women Have Options is proud to announce the release of the newly redesigned womenhaveoptions.org. It has been crafted to reflect what the organization needs now but also builds upon technology capable of addressing future needs and growth. The new website and branding has a fresh, professional look designed to reflect the work we do as a organization and to better serve the needs of our community.Read more
WHO/O is pleased to announce that Stephanie Craddock Sherwood will join Women Have Options
as our first-ever executive director beginning on April 4, 2016.
As a longtime spokesperson and advocate of reproductive rights with a long history of service as a skilled non-profit professional, she is the right person to help us strengthen our efforts so that all Ohioans can enjoy reproductive freedom and access to care.Read more
Women Have Options is a private, statewide fund that helps women afford their reproductive choice by providing financial assistance for contraception, emergency contraception, and abortion services. There is a need for financial assistance for abortion care because Ohio Medicaid, the joint federal and state health insurance program for low-income Americans, pays for pre-natal care and childbirth, but does not pay for abortion care. Why, you ask? Here is the answer.Read more
Who is ready to go balls-out for abortion access? Join Women Have Options and other abortion funds around the country, on April 27, 2014 from 1:00-3:00PM. Help us fill a vital gap in helping low-income women get the reproductive healthcare they need.Read more
The board of Women Have Options is proud to announce the election of our new chair, Sandy Huntzinger. Sandy is an inspiring, committed leader, and we as a board are confident our organization is stronger than ever. We need to be strong on behalf of Ohio women, especially since obstacles to abortion access have been piling up in 2013. Given this alarming climate of clinic closures and new proposed restrictions to reproductive healthcare, we need a leader who rouses our passions and directs them toward strengthening an organization that Ohio women have relied on for over two decades. We unanimously agree that Sandy is exactly the leader we need, and we’re so glad she is joining us!Read more
September is Abortion Access Month, and Women Have Options has big changes to share. Our inspiring board chair, Nancy Pitts, is stepping down. We’re reflecting on how much we’ve grown since she began the position in October 2009, and on what directions we will take in the future as we work to give the women of Ohio the choices they deserve.