Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Why am I fundraising for abortion access?

Because it's the least I can do to support the amazing volunteers that run The Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.

Every single week, The EMA Fund get calls from 25 women who need help paying for abortions. Each of these women is just trying to live her life. She wants to finish college or get out of a bad relationship or pay her rent or take care of the family she has now. She's living a complicated life and trying to make the best decisions for herself. She wants what all of us want -- the chance to build a family and a life on our own terms. Except that she doesn't have the resources -- and that's not fair. It's not fair that the amount of money in someone's wallet or bank account should determine whether or not she becomes a parent. The decision is too important for that.

So this month, I'm taking part in a billiards-a-thon to raise money for abortion access. Please do what you can to make choice a reality for low-income women - donate $25 or more:

I'm hoping that you'll donate what you can -- because although sometimes the amount a woman needs is $600, sometimes it's closer to $50 or $10. Every amount helps -- every bit can change a woman's life, help her find her future, help her live her life. (That $5 or $10 bucks that you could afford but think doesn't matter? It does.)

Thank you!

PS: I want you to get a sense of what is at stake for each woman who calls the EMA Fund. Below is the story of a woman who called in November of last year:

Living and working in a tourist area is hard in the off-season, and Sondra was already just scraping by to raise her son on Martha's Vineyard. She took double shifts whenever she could, babysat for coworkers' kids, and occasionally sold some photographs during the summer.

And then Sondra discovered she was pregnant. She knew that if she wanted to take care of herself and her son to the best of her ability, she needed to get an abortion.

The day before Thanksgiving, Sondra begged her landlady to watch her little boy for the day and traded shifts with one of the other servers at the restaurant where she worked. Sondra then took the ferry to Falmouth, where she overdrew her checking account to buy a bus ticket to Boston.

Sondra was headed to an abortion clinic in Boston because a co-worker told her the clinic had walk-in appointments available for $300. And $300 was exactly what Sondra had -- in fact, it was her entire income for the month.

But Sondra's abortion was going to cost three times that, so she was sent home. As she took the ferry for the second time that day, Sondra was surrounded by families heading to their vacation homes for the long holiday weekend. She looked at the $300 in her wallet and knew that if she couldn't find another $600, she may as well have nothing.

They might as well just make abortion illegal, she said to her landlady when she picked up her son. Only rich ladies can afford it anyway.

A few days later, Sondra called the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund. She sold her only valuable possession, her camera, to pay for the ferry and the second bus ticket to Boston. The EMA Fund covered the rest.

When Sondra rode the ferry back to Martha's Vineyard after her abortion, there was hardly anyone else around. But her son was waiting for her at home, and so was their future.

Please donate:

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