In the past three years of our operation, our fund has grown by leaps and bounds with the support of our community. We are now offering assistance to individuals who live anywhere in Maryland (except for Prince George's and Montgomery counties -- serviced by the D.C. Abortion Fund). We're thrilled about what we've been able to accomplish, but ambitious goals mean we need to increase our capacity.
We are actively seeking committed individuals for our Board of Directors to begin a two-year term in January of 2018. We are specifically seeking to expand our external affairs and community outreach team and will give special consideration to individuals with skills and experience in event planning, fundraising, public relations, and communications.
BAF is committed to working in solidarity with the reproductive justice movement. Our goal is to foster the leadership of the individuals most impacted by restrictions on access to abortion, including young people, people of color, Native people, immigrants and refugees, low-income people, LGBTQI* people, people with disabilities, people who have had abortions, people who were formerly incarcerated, and people living at the intersections of those experiences. We strongly encourage people from these communities to apply.
Please click here for our Board Application - once your application is received, someone from BAF will be in touch to schedule an interview.
Thank you all so much for the incredible outpouring of support today. In just 6 hours we've raised $4436, which means we'll be able cover both patients.
We're so grateful for this wonderful community. Thank you making sure our folks get the safe, compassionate abortion care that they need!
Spencer Hall, BAF President
I apologize in advance if this post is a bit scattered. The BAF team didn't sleep much last night.
Yesterday afternoon we received some terrible news. Germantown Reproductive Health Services, one of just three clinics in the nation that serves women in need of later abortion care, will be closing its doors for good on Monday. The reason? The building was purchased by an anti-choice group that has relentlessly targeted the clinic for the last several years. While Dr. Carhart plans to resume providing care at another location as soon as possible, the sudden closure of the clinic has left several patients in a very tough spot.
Earlier this week we made a pledge to Maya so that she could go to Germantown for her abortion care. Maya is a young, disabled woman who has faced a number of barriers trying to access abortion care. Her appointment is scheduled for Monday, the last day before the clinic closes its doors. She has come up with nearly half the money she needs, but she is still $1100 short.
We've also been working with Natalie, a minor who is traveling to Germantown all the way from South Carolina for an appointment tomorrow. The cost of the procedure, plus the added cost of a bus ticket and hotel, means she still has to raise another $3400 by tomorrow morning in order to keep her appointment and get the care that she needs.
We need your help to make sure these patients get the care they need before the clinic closes for good on Monday. Please give $10, $20, $50 - whatever you can - to help Maya and Natalie.
Please know that in the wake of the clinic closure, we are doing all we can to help callers reschedule their appointments with other providers, and will do what we can to cover the increased costs that come with delaying care.
Thank you for your support.
Let's start this month's post with some transparency: July was a rough month for me & I never posted my top picks. With that being said, August is going to be a better month (I'm working on that speak-it-into-existence thing). So, here we are. Last I left you, we were all reading Willie Parker's Life's Work (I hope you enjoyed it; I definitely did), and I was off to the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) annual summit (IT WAS MAGIC, YOU GUYS. PURE MAGIC.). Now it's August, so let's close out this summer with some of the things that are making me happy right now.Read more
Happy June, everyone (& Happy Pride Month!). We are finally getting into the late-spring/early-summer months and there is so much that is making me happy. Let's do it.