Black Lives Matter

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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.”

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Hold a Taco or Beer Challenge Party

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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

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Welcome to the NEW womenhaveoptions.org

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.

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Announcing our First Executive Director

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.

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Abortion Funding 101: Why Can Congress and State Legislatures Refuse to Pay for Abortion Care?

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.

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Bowl-a-Thon 2014: Helping Ohio Women

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.

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Big Announcement

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!

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New Directions

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.

 

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SUPERFUND

Earlier this summer, Women Have Options attended the 2013 National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) annual summit. As you may recall, last year we received the award for Most Impressive Advocacy, one of the highest honors bestowed on funds. This year, NNAF offered more awards in new categories… and we won the “SuperFund” award, which recognized a fund that had exhibited exceptional organizational development, increased organizational capacity, and cultivated leadership. Prior to the summit, NNAF asked funds to nominate themselves for those categories in which they felt strongest. We are sharing our self-nomination because… well, we are proud of all the work we’ve done to make WHO/O a resilient and vibrant organization!

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Bowl-a-thon 2013 By The Numbers

You did it! You helped strike down barriers to abortion access by raising over $23,000 for Women Have Options! Whether you were a sponsor, team captain, bowler, or donor, you have made a difference in someone’s life. Thank you!

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