"Adrienne was a waymaker, a visionary, a peacemaker, a warrior. She was fierce. With her quiet demeanor and loud actions. She was amazing."
- Linda Freeman Walker, Board Member
We are deeply saddened to share with you the unexpected death of our friend Adrienne Gavula, on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017. Adrienne was an active and vital fundraising volunteer with Women Have Options and from 2012-2016 fiercely served as a member of our board of directors and then as our board chair. She was so full of life and love for justice. Adrienne dedicated her life to making the world a more just place and will be deeply missed.Read more
We've been asked for a template and instructions for our Handmaid's Tale protest costumes. While the capes are store bought, we designed and handmade each of the bonnets (also called wings) ourselves. Here are the instructions and a template for personal and/or activist use.Read more
In case you haven't seen on social media, Women Have Options made international news with a powerful and silent coalition protest at the Ohio State House, as yet another dangerous abortion ban was introduced. This video from Al Jazeera has gone viral with over 600,000 views on Facebook. While lawmakers try and pass legislation to effectively ban abortion after 13 weeks, WHO/O, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates, were there together to protect Ohioans.
We won't stand idly by; We are continuing to fight. This morning legislators met to hear testimony and vote on Senate Bill 145, which, if passed, would essentially criminalize the dilation and evacuation method (D&E) — the most common and safest method used during most second trimester abortions between 13 and 24 weeks and occasionally after miscarriages.
Folks seeking abortion care are already being forced to wait longer to get access to care or some forced to travel out of state. If you don't have the resources to travel out of state, or travel two hours to a clinic, you're already kind of like in The Handmaid's Tale — forced to give birth without your consent.
Today we spoke out and shared testimony (below) in opposition to this dangerous bill. We can't continue this fight and our work to make abortion accessible to all who need it without your support. Please consider giving or volunteering.Read more
As an abortion fund, our staff and board members understand that racial justice is central to a vision of reproductive justice. We affirm Black humanity and celebrate Black freedom. Thus, we observe the celebration of Juneteenth, which recognizes the day in 1865 when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned of their emancipation, two and one-half years after it had been decreed.Read more
Do you enjoy local music & food, tie-dye, and progressive politics? This is YOUR opportunity to help us and the Freedom of Choice Ohio Coalition educate our community and community festival attendees about the attacks to reproductive freedom Ohio politicians are considering at the Statehouse.Read more
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