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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Giving & Receiving

I would like to share a note that we received some time ago from a woman we helped, and it’s memorable to me because it illustrates the importance of what we do.

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Deciding between paying my bills and having my procedure was tough. With your help, I was able to do both. People like you are a true blessing for those in need. I pray that you are able to continue to be a blessing to others in need and one day I may be able to help someone as well. Thank you for the blessing. Sincerely, Katherine*

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GUEST POST: What's on your Reproductive Justice Agenda?

Today we have a guest post from Elizabeth Miller, a board member with one of our sister abortion funds, the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund. The anniversary of the Hyde Amendment got her thinking about reproductive justice, and what it means to her. Read her thoughts below:

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Why we need to keep abortion in the healthcare conversation.

On August 1, something truly momentous occurred. Thanks to the new health care law—known as the Patient Protection andAffordable Care Act, or just the Affordable Care Act, or even Obamacare—insurance companies are required to cover women’s preventive health services without additional charges, such as co-pays. For many women, this means that they can now afford the contraceptive method that is best for them. Now, there are some important caveats to this—not every insurance plan provides the same benefits, and only newly written plans have to comply with the law at first so not everyone’s insurance will offer this benefit for now, and the vast numbers of uninsured women in the United States will still be paying out of their pockets for their reproductive health care—or, even worse, not getting the health care they need.

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Uniting Against the War on Women

With the upholding of the Affordable Care Act (and all of its benefits for women!) still fresh in our minds, it’s easy to forget that there’s a larger political battle still going on. A woman’s right to make decisions about herself and her body is still under attack in Ohio. Supporters of the so-called Heartbeat Bill are still pushing for it, personhood is fighting for a spot on Ohio’s ballot (though it may not succeed), and Ohio still has an openly anti-choice House of Representatives, Senate, and governor. Our communities need to be ready to advocate for women and against the dangerous legislative climate in our state. Luckily, Ohio has a strong progressive community that we are proud to be a part of. When they hear the call, they take to the streets—or the statehouse—and they get heard!

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2012 NNAF Summit

Last weekend, Women Have Options attended the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) National Organizing Summit in Chicago.

Jennifer Weishaar from the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund took this great photo of us with our award. Go find out more about their fund and the awesome work they do in Kansas at prochoice.pbscf.org.

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Bowl-a-thon 2012 was Amazing!

A huge thank you to the sponsors, team captains, bowlers, and donors who made the 3rd annual Women Have Options Bowl-a-Thon a tremendous success! Together we raised more than $27,000 for abortion access in Ohio—that’s $12,000 over our original goal!

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Striking Hyde: 2012 Bowl-a-thon was amazing!

A huge thank you to the sponsors, team captains, bowlers, and donors who made the 3rd annual Women Have Options Bowl-a-Thon a tremendous success! Together we raised more than $27,000 for abortion access in Ohio—that’s $12,000 over our original goal!

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