"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
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!
Juneteenth, Freedom Day, June 19, 1865
Juneteenth is a day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance. It's a celebration of Black resilience.
On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This was 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. But, the fight for true freedom is far from over.
"BAF believes that abortion can be a revolutionary act of freedom. On Juneteenth, we remember our community members who are incarcerated, who have not yet seen the promise of this day. No one is free until we're all free."
-Imani Spence, Vice President, Baltimore Abortion Fund Board
"Today's Supreme Court ruling is a huge victory for the LGBTQAI community. Our reproductive justice movement is built on the power and organizing of so many LGBTQAI community members, specifically and at its core by those who are BIPOC. Our community celebrates this milestone while remembering the lives of so many BIPOC who were and continue to be casualties of our society’s failure to recognize and root out transphobia, homophobia and racism. My celebration is in honor of their lives. Our fight continues because as long as Black Trans Lives are denied freedom, we are all denied freedom."
-Jaylynn Johnstone, Board President, Baltimore Abortion Fund
Abortion is time-sensitive and essential! Check out our OpEd recently published in the The Baltimore Sun! Make a donation to BAF today.
(Photo Credit: Nicole McCann)
By BAF Board Members Liz Bayer, Hannah Kang, and Nicole McCann
During a global pandemic, legislators in Texas tried — and failed — to use the coronavirus as an excuse to effectively ban abortion and deny its residents access to the care they need and many other states are attempted to follow their lead (“Abortion during a pandemic? Texas says no in many cases,” April 14). Thankfully, Maryland’s clinics are open and will continue to operate.
However, misinformation circulated widely after Gov. Larry Hogan’s initial shelter-in-place directive included confusing and seemingly contradictory remarks about whether clinics would be forced to close. Though the governor’s office later clarified that clinics are open, unclear communication can discourage folks from seeking the care they need. Rather than relying on nonprofit organizations to work overtime correcting misinformation, the Baltimore Abortion Fund urges The Baltimore Sun to fact check Governor Hogan’s statement and provide residents with clear information about services that are, in fact, still essential.
Thank you so much to everyone who joined us on Facebook Live! In case you missed it, we saved the conversation for all to access here.
Our Board VP, Imani Spence, answered some questions about this year's Fund-a-Thon. She touched on ways to make this Fund-a-Thon unique by hosting virtual events that you, personally, would be excited about.
There was also talk about ways BAF engages with abortion funds across the country for Fund-a-Thon ever year. Learning more about the National Network of Abortion Funds can give your communities ways to get involved with BAF or their local abortion funds.
During the Facebook Live, Imani talked a bit about our fundraising toolkit. The team at BAF has put this toolkit together in hopes that the information here can make this Fund-a-Thon simple and effective. We compiled email templates, infographics, and social media posts so that you and your team can effortlessly ask for donations. We know not everyone can donate right now, but some folx are financially okay and are happy to support.
Be sure to tag BAF on any posts about Fund-a-Thon (@baltimorefund on Instagram and Twitter, and @baltimoreabortionfund on Facebook). You can also use hashtags #FThon20 #BaltimoreAF to see what other folx are doing to raise money.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions!