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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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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