21 Recommendations for 2021

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This past year, many of us consumed a LOT of various media. Some of it was to escape, some to learn and dig deeper into important issues. Here are some of the things BAF volunteers are listening to, reading, and watching.

(If you're in Baltimore City, Enoch Pratt Free Library is offering Sidewalk Service, but if any of these recommendations persuade you to make a new purchase, don’t forget to support local independent bookstores, like Red Emma's, Atomic, and Greedy Reads, to name a few.)

Okay, let's dig in...

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A Holiday Message from Jaylynn Johnstone, BAF Board President

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A Message from Jaylynn Johnstone, Board President, Baltimore Abortion Fund

December is when we traditionally hold the Baltimore Abortion Fund Annual Holiday Party, where the BAF community connects with one another and celebrates the year’s accomplishments. It’s a wonderful opportunity for supporters like you to meet the passionate volunteers who help keep BAF running day-to-day. Our holiday party is an especially meaningful event for me because it was the first BAF event I attended in December 2016. I hadn’t been living in Baltimore very long at that point, but, like many of you I was a monthly donor, and I went to show my support.

I wouldn’t have ever imagined that as a trans non-binary Filipino kid from Alaska that I would one day have the honor to serve as the Board President for BAF. I saw Spencer, the first BAF Board President, make a public address at that holiday party in 2016. In keeping with the tradition, I’m making a public President’s address this year, just in a virtual way.

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4 Things to Know About Abortion in Maryland

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And why you should give a monthly donation to Baltimore Abortion Fund starting NOW

Maryland is a state where access to abortion is protected and accessible. But, no matter who is in the Oval Office, it’s important to note that access doesn't always translate into everyone getting the abortion healthcare they need if they can't afford it. 

That’s why the Baltimore Abortion Fund, alongside supporters like you and other abortion funds around the country, is working to remove financial barriers, and toward a vision of justice and liberation.  

On this Giving Tuesday, check out these four important facts about abortion in Maryland, and take action with a monthly gift. >>

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Taco or Beer Challenge 2020

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Starting September 21, it’s Taco or Beer Challenge week at the Baltimore Abortion Fund! 

What is the Taco or Beer Challenge? 

  • Eat a taco and/or drink a beer
  • Donate to the Baltimore Abortion Fund
  • Take a picture or video of you doing both
  • Post on social media using #ToBC20 and #BaltimoreAF and then challenge three friends!

We have several ways to help you participate in this year’s challenge:

1) Order take out from Cafe 1908 on Wednesday, September 23rd between 4-8PM

Cafe 1908 is a new local black-owned restaurant here in Baltimore. A percentage from all food sales between 4-8PM on September 23rd will be donated to the Baltimore Abortion Fund. 

We recommend their 3 for $15 taco special! 

Call: 410-396-8258 to place an order

You MUST mention the Baltimore Abortion Fund in your order.

Pick it up at: 7 W Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201

2) Limited sit-down dining available at sweet27 bakery and restaurant on Saturday, September 26th at 7PM

sweet27 bakery and restaurant is offering a special prix fixe menu of 3 tacos or 3 sides including a beer for $15

Call: 410-464-7211 to reserve a table

Mention the Baltimore Abortion Fund. 

A portion of the price from the pre-fixed menu will be donated to the Baltimore Abortion Fund.

Strongly encouraged to pay in cash!

3) Make your own tacos at home!

Many thanks to BAF supporters, Sergio and John España from Tortacos, for carefully crafting this special chicken taco and guacamole recipe for our Taco or Beer Challenge. Make this at home and then make a donation to the Baltimore Abortion Fund.

Download the full recipe here.

4) Make a direct donation to the Baltimore Abortion Fund!

Make sure to tag us after you complete the Taco or Beer challenge and use these hashtags: #ToBC20 and #BaltimoreAF and then challenge three friends!

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Supreme Court Ruling Protects Abortion Access...For Now

"My decision to have an abortion as a young woman was emotionally difficult, but I had the financial resources to access my care and live in a state that doesn’t oppress people’s rights. Not everyone has that experience. Until our callers no longer face financial and access challenges, today’s Supreme Court decision only means that we at Baltimore Abortion Fund continue to be committed to helping them access the abortion care they need."

-Marni Cooper, BAF Board Member

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By 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court struck down the Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges!

Today’s June Medical Services v. Russo decision means Louisiana’s clinics will remain open, despite anti-abortion efforts to shut them down. Thanks to Louisiana’s Hope Clinic and allies like the New Orleans Abortion Fund for shouldering years of labor for all of us working for accessible abortion.

Even with today’s SCOTUS decision, abortion remains out of reach for many across the country who have and will continue to count on abortion funds to bridge the gaps created by anti-abortion legislation.

Donating to an abortion fund is a meaningful act of solidarity. Support BAF or your local fund today!

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