Friday, February 08, 2013

Making Roe v Wade a Reality for Women

We recently observed the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in this country.

40 years of legal abortion. That's almost my whole lifetime.

So why do we still need to fight so hard to keep abortion not only legal but accessible for the women who need it?

Why am I, once again, asking for your financial contribution to make this "right" a reality for the women of Eastern Massachusetts, and all over the country?

As we've seen over the last year, many of the crucial political battles of our time are being played out on and through women's bodies. Even contraceptive coverage has become controversial. States like my new home of Texas are canceling their family planning funds just so they don't have to give money to Planned Parenthood.

Who suffers from these political battles? Women. Women who need health care. Women who for a wide range of reasons have decided that they cannot continue their pregnancy.
I'm not normally one to say that a financial donation is a political act, but in this case that's exactly what it is. By giving money to the EMA Fund, you are making Roe v. Wade a reality, one woman at a time. It doesn't have to be a lot: $5, $25, $75. All of these amounts make a huge difference in a woman's life. Sometimes a woman just needs bus fare. Or money for a babysitter. Or the last $100 for the clinic. You can make that difference. I thank you for giving what you can.

To donate, click here.

Q: I don't live in Massachusetts, Why should I give to the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund? 

A: The EMA Fund is based in Eastern Massachusetts, but engages in collaborative funding with other Funds from around the country through the National Network of Abortion Funds. This is especially crucial for women needing later abortions, when the number of providers dwindles and travel and clinic costs soar. So by supporting EMA, you're actually making an impact across the country.

Q: I thought you lived in Texas now. Don't they need your help more than Massachusetts?

A: Correct! And don't worry, I'm connected to the Texas Equal Access Fund, as well. I'm a co-founder of EMA, and for that reason it will always be dear to my heart. I'll be raising money for the TEA Fund later this year. 


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