Dear Pro-Choice Women of Means

Recently, Katha Pollitt wrote a piece for The Nation about why women of means should donate to abortion funds. We won’t recap the piece here–we encourage you to read it for yourself!–but the point of it is that a contribution to an abortion fund is a direct way to impact a woman’s life while making a stand for choice. We agree 100%! In fact, we wanted to tell you a little more about why the points in the article ring true for us here at WHO/O:

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I lobbied and I liked it!

One of the most exciting events that WHO/O participates in is Freedom of Choice Ohio’s annual Lobby Day. This year’s event is called 2012 Lobby Day: Storm the Statehouse. On Wednesday, March 21, from 9:30am to 1pm, we will gather at the Downtown YWCA and meet face-to-face with our state senators. This year we’ll be speaking out against Ohio’s mounting War on Women, and encourage our senators to oppose the so-called Heartbeat Bill abortion ban. We’ll be there in solidarity with our pro-choice allies, and we want you to join us! To register, sign up here.

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To Go Forward, Retreat

On January 22, Women Have Options gathered for its first-ever board retreat. The plan for the day was to give our board a chance to get to know each other better—since we welcomed four new members to the board in 2011—and make decisions about an action plan for 2012 and beyond.

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WHO/O Gets Crafty

No, we didn’t get sneakier. But we did get craftier, by ending 2011 with our first-ever craft bazaar and reception: A WHO/O Holiday Affair to Remember! On December 1, we threw a house party in Columbus to give our friends and supporters a chance to mingle and celebrate the holiday season. We provided some delicious appetizers (thanks, board members!) and some special guests: local crafters who came out to support our cause and sell their wares. Throughout the night, a portion of all sales benefited Women Have Options. Vendors included:

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WHO/O Helps a Woman in Crisis

WHO/O is here to make sure every Ohio woman has the right to choose the medical care she needs. Traditionally, WHO/O’s funding goes directly to clinics in Ohio to assist clients who cannot afford abortions or other procedures. However, sometimes help is needed above and beyond that financial assistance. When that happens, we’re here to help.

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Women Have Options Featured in Feminist For Choice

One of the many inspiring features on the Feminists for Choice website is “Feminist Conversations,” a series of small interviews that gives pro-choice feminists the opportunity to talk about their connections to the movement, and what feminism means to them. Today, Feminists for Choice featured someone near and dear to WHO/O: our fearless leader, Nancy Pitts. From acting as our chairperson to serving on the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Board to acting as the Ohio Regional Coordinator for Raising Women’s Voices, Nancy never stops her efforts to make sure that every woman in Ohio has the ability to access the medical care that they need. In this  piece, Nancy talks about where she finds the motivation to be such an active member of the pro-choice community:

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5 Things Your Should Know About The Heartbeat Bill

2011 has been a brutal year for abortion access in Ohio. One of the most controversial pieces of legislation, the so-called “Heartbeat Bill,” is being considered by the Ohio Senate. Here are 5 things you should know about it:

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Fight the Hyde Amendment

http://repealhydeartproject.org/site/home.html

The Repeal Hyde art project lets women speak out about the Hyde Amendment. You can participate at http://repealhydeartproject.org.

On September 30, the Hyde Amendment celebrated its 35th year of preventing low-income women from accessing abortion. The Hyde Amendment bans federal dollars from being used to pay for abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or life endangerment of the mother. The way this legislation is enforced varies from state to state, but in most states it creates a significant barrier between women and the services they need.

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Bowl-a-thon 2011 Recap

For the second year, Women Have Options participated in the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon organized by the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF). Our event this year was a resounding success and exceeded everyone’s expectations. We raised more than $13,300, representing a nearly 50% increase over last year’s fundraising total.

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