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We Updated Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Earlier this year, we started thinking deeply about the mission, vision, and values of Lilith Fund. We reflected on the work we’ve been doing since Lilith Fund started funding abortions in 2001 and the work we are doing now. We asked ourselves where we had been and where we are going—especially as a grassroots abortion fund in Texas at this important time in our history. 

The process of developing the new iteration of these statements involved collective input from staff, board, hotline volunteers, and former clients who have received financial assistance from Lilith Fund. We are excited to share with y’all the results of that collaboration, and we look forward to holding ourselves and each other accountable to the powerful commitments we made together.

Mission

We provide financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction. Through organizing and movement-building, we foster a positive culture around abortion, strengthen people power, and fight for reproductive justice in and with our communities. 

Vision

We dream of a reality where everyone has the agency, power, and resources to thrive in their communities. We envision a world where the full range of reproductive decisions are affirmed and accessible, people have the dignity of thriving wages, and we can all build and care for our families free from state-sanctioned violence or separation. In this world, all people have access to comprehensive healthcare—including abortion—and the opportunity to have a fulfilling sex life without shame or stigma. 

Values 

Compassion:  We lead from the heart and do our work with love, care, and compassion. We center the role of emotion and struggle within our humanity and create stigma-busting, judgement-free spaces for our callers, communities, and ourselves.

Intersectionality: We recognize that the overlap of various identities creates systemic forms of oppression and privilege that are extremely complex. We embrace this complexity and respond by centering low-income people of color and those who are most impacted by compounding barriers to abortion access.

Anti-racism: Within our organizational culture and through our work to fund abortions and build power, we strive to honor the dignity of  Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. We acknowledge that white supremacy and anti-Blackness create violence and harm in our society, in our movement, and to ourselves. We work to dismantle these systems of oppression and replace them with racial justice.

Client-centered: We are grounded in the belief that the voices and leadership of those who have had abortions should be centered and uplifted in our work. We also remember that while many communities are impacted by abortion restrictions, those who call our hotline—who are mostly low-income women of color who are parenting—should guide and inform our work and decision-making.  

Inclusivity:  We recognize that reproductive justice is for everyone. We commit to challenging ourselves to look for every opportunity to include communities that are impacted by the barriers to abortion access. Specifically, this means using gender-inclusive language, ensuring our spaces are accessible to people with disabilities, and actively considering many different barriers affecting people’s power to show up in this work.  

Collaboration: It is a privilege to do this work, and we acknowledge the power we hold. In our partnerships, we embrace the responsibility to operate with transparency, prioritize intentional communication, and practice accountability and equity in our work.

Introducing We Testify Texas Storytellers

It has always been important that our movement lifts the voices of marginalized people who’ve had abortions to help shift the narrative surrounding the procedure, particularly in areas where access is hardest. That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of We Testify Texas!

We Testify Texas is a partnership between Texas abortion funds, The Afiya Center, Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, Frontera Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Jane’s Due Process and the We Testify program to support their clients and abortion fund callers as they speak out about their experiences in support of abortion access and reproductive justice. Building on the We Testify program’s curriculum, we’ll be investing in the leadership of people who’ve had abortions and shifting the way the media understands the context and complexity of accessing abortion care. The program focuses on building the power and leadership of abortion storytellers of color, from rural and conservative communities, who are queer identified, with varying abilities and citizenship statuses, and who needed support when navigating barriers while accessing abortion care.

The We Testify Texas cohort held their opening retreat in July with storytellers hailing from all over the state who served by or are involved with a Texas abortion fund. The storytellers are excited to share their stories and educate Texans about what it’s like to get abortions through judicial bypass, as parents, as a trans person, as immigrants, and when supported by an abortion fund.

Read more about the We Testify Texas storytellers here.

Austin-based abortion funds respond to lawsuit from former council member

AUSTIN — Former Austin Council Member Don Zimmerman has named local abortion funds in a frivolous lawsuit against city funding for abortion access. The lawsuit is a response to the passage of an historic and groundbreaking city budget amendment that would provide $150,000 in funding for practical support for Austin residents seeking abortion care. The lawsuit names the funds as a way to bully us into backing down—the oldest trick in the anti-abortion playbook.

Recent Coverage: Former Council Member Don Zimmerman Sues to Travel Back in Time

The lawsuit names The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Fund Texas Choice, and The Bridge Collective as defendants, in addition to the Mayor and City of Austin.

The funds are responding today.

Statement from Lilith Fund Executive Director Amanda B. Williams:

“We are not intimidated. Far from it, we are as dedicated as ever to making sure Texans can access their right to abortion care. The Austin city budget amendment represents the kind of bold, creative resistance that we need in the face of attacks on abortion. We aren’t distracted by a lawsuit designed to attract attention away from the real news here: local communities are fighting back against attacks on abortion access and we are winning.”

Statement from Fund Texas Choice Board of Directors President, Melissa Flores:

“Fund Texas Choice is proud of the leadership of our partners and the Austin City Council for taking a stance against the targeted attacks of the state and federal government. We believe it is the role of elected officials to show up for our communities and that includes support for Austinites seeking abortion. We are undeterred from seeking funding from the City.”

Statement from The Bridge Collective Core Member Amanda Bennett:

“This lawsuit is a clear attempt to intimidate people seeking abortions and those who support them. As a small, all-volunteer collective that provides rides to abortion appointments, we feel strongly about protecting the community’s access to reproductive services, which includes the peer-to-peer logistical support that we provide. We envision the city of Austin as a place where everyone who wants abortions has the support they need to access one, and the city’s funding is an important step towards this vision. We do not anticipate this lawsuit affecting our work in any meaningful way, and our volunteers will not be intimidated.”

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Lilith Fund, founded in 2001, provides financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction. Lilith Fund operates a mostly volunteer-run hotline in order to provide direct financial assistance to people in the central and southern regions of Texas. Lilith Fund has provided grants to more than 10,000 people. Follow us @lilithfund.

The Bridge Collective was founded as a full-spectrum doula collective in 2012. We are an all-volunteer, non-hierarchical collective that provides transportation, accommodation, and abortion doula services to people seeking abortions in Central Texas. We strive to create a climate of reproductive autonomy and justice for all pregnant people. 

Fund Texas Choice helps Texans equitably access abortion through safe, confidential, and comprehensive travel services and practical support.

They tried it in Texas: Abortion bans failed, but there’s more

As it does every two years, the Texas legislative session has come and finally gone. It was as ugly as usual when it comes to Texans’ reproductive rights and freedom. In fact, extreme anti-choice politicians filed more than 30 bills that sought to limit or ban access to safe abortion care.

A crowd with signs in front of the Texas Capitol in Austin. Signs held by two people in the foreground say “A majority of Texans support abortion access”, and “#FightBackTX”. In the background, signs say “Women’s rights are human rights”, “Abortion is Healthcare”, and “You wouldn’t try to regulate my vagina if it fired bullets”.

Stop the bans rally in at the Texas Capitol Austin on May 21, 2019.

While we are relieved to make it out of session without extreme abortion bans like the ones sweeping the southern and mid-western regions of the country, we can’t forget that we had strikingly similar proposals in Texas. In fact, lawmakers proposed one bill that would have banned abortion at 6 weeks, another that would make abortion punishable by the death penalty, and many others came uncomfortably close to passage.  

In the end, only a few bad bills made it to the governor’s desk, but we can never, ever be complacent. We must keep pushing for proactive and comprehensive reproductive healthcare policies that support the wellbeing of all Texans.

The good news:

🎉 SB 15: Attack on paid sick days, “Fair Chance Hiring,” and the other critical worker protections — FAILED

Senate Bill 15 started as an attempt to pre-empt emerging local labor policies, like mandatory paid sick leave, in cities including Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Economic justice is central to reproductive justice and we know from our hotline callers that missing work for the mandatory two days it takes to get an abortion in Texas is one of the biggest barriers to accessing abortion care. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and other lawmakers made the bill even worse by removing language that explicitly protected local nondiscrimination ordinances (NDOs) for LGBTQIA Texans in several cities.

🎉 HB 25: Allows children to attend Medicaid appointments — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This bill, which allows parents to bring their children to their Medicaid appointments under the Medicaid medical transportation program, passed in both the house and the senate, making life a bit smoother for parents on Medicaid.

🎉 HB 253: Addressing postpartum depression — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This will create a commission to create a strategic plan to address and treat postpartum depression.

🎉 HB 541: Pumping in public — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

A bipartisan bill that gives Texans the right to pump breast milk anywhere.

Direct action in the Texas Capitol on April 16, 2019.

🎉 HB 1651: Protocols for incarcerated pregnant people — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This bill stipulated that county jails had to provide clear protocols for the treatment of pregnant incarcerated persons that included transparent reporting from each county jail, a health plan for a pregnant person, and banning the shackling of a pregnant inmate in labor.

🎉HB 2169: Jail conditions and menstruation — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This bill will improve the conditions for menstruating inmates in county jail and require that county jails supply them with menstrual products.

🎉 HB 650: Training regarding pregnant incarcerated people — SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

This bill will require training for correctional officers on handling pregnant incarcerated people and would also reduce the use of restraints.

🎉 SB 1033/HB 2434: Fetal Anomaly bill — FAILED

This bill would have removed the fetal anomaly exception for the 20 week abortion ban in Texas. Its companion version, HB 2434, was heard in the House State Affairs committee. Lilith Fund was there to testify and the bill was left pending, never to be brought up again. Notably, the house bill’s author, Schaefer, used language in the bill that alleged that HB 2432 would close a “loophole” to end sex and race selective abortions in Texas, insinuating that Texans are purposely waiting until after the 20 week ban to have their procedure. On the contrary, the fetal anomaly exception is a compassionate rule that aids grieving families and SB 1033/HB 2434 is a piece of legislation that has failed before because it was so extreme. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said that a similar provision of an Indiana law should remain blocked.

🎉 SB 2243: Required counseling for people seeking abortion at CPCs — FAILED

This bill, which made it from the Senate to the House, but then died in committee, would have required people seeking abortion care visit state-funded Crisis Pregnancy Centers. CPCs provide inaccurate and misleading counseling, usually intended to talk people out of getting an abortion. CPCs are known to tell pregnant people that if they choose to abort they’re at higher risk for depression and breast cancer, all of which has been proven to be untrue.

The bad news:

😡 SB 22: Attack on abortion providers — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This bill would prohibit government contracts with abortion providers and their affiliates. For example, this would mean that providers couldn’t partner with public libraries or universities, the City of Austin would no longer be allowed to lease a building to Planned Parenthood; and furthermore this bill would restrict Lilith Fund’s and partners’ local policy advocacy efforts—in partnerships with local governments—to make crucial, local improvements to abortion access.

😡 HB 16: “Lies Into Laws” Bill — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

The bill that supporters called the “Texas Born Alive Bill” tried to make science fiction into law by stating that an abortion provider was mandated to give life-saving treatment to fetuses who are “born alive” after an abortion, even though that has never been reported to happen in the history of medicine.

😡 SB 24/HB 4240: State mandated lies to patients — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

Expanded the “Woman’s Right To Know” Act by imposing further rules and restrictions on informational materials that must be provided to patients by physicians on the day of their abortions. It mandates that each patient seeking an abortion get a physical copy provided to them by the clinic they’re going to. These informational materials intentionally contain medically inaccurate information designed to scare and shame people seeking abortion care.

😡 SB 1978: Discrimination against LGBT people — PASSED, SENT TO GOVERNOR

This is an anti-LGBTQ bill that opens the door for discrimination by businesses towards employees and communities. Gov. Abbott has publicly expressed his support of the bill.

😡 HB 2271: Funding for anti-choice propaganda — INCREASED

This bill lets the Attorney General’s office to use up to 2 percent of the “Choose Life” license plate fund to advertise, and passed with ease in both chambers.

😡 Funding for the “Texas Alternatives to Abortion” program — INCREASED

A funding increase to this anti-choice program was approved in budgets this year, meaning that more taxpayer money will go directly to state programs that try to limit people’s reproductive options without actually providing contraceptive services.

😡 Texas Medicaid Expansion — FAILED

Texas is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. An estimated 1.1 million low-income Texans would be eligible for coverage under a Medicaid expansion, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ugly:

💔 HB 896: Death penalty for seeking abortion care — FAILED, BUT SET A NEW LOW

This bill would have charged people who get and provide abortions with capital murder, which in Texas, would be punishable by the death penalty. Known as the Abortion Abolition Act, it was given legitimacy by being granted a hearing in the committee of House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Fortunately, it did not move past this committee, but it did advance the anti-choice extremist agenda and gave it a bigger platform in the Texas Capitol.

In the foreground, a framed photo of Rosie Jimenez, a young Chicana woman, is adorned with paper roses as Erika Galindo, Lilith Fund Organizer, speaks at the podium next to the photo. In the background, five women wearing red stand behind Erika in the press briefing room at the Texas Capitol.
Lilith Fund Organizer, Erika Galindo, speaks at press conference announcing the introduction of Rosie’s Law on February 14, 2019.

💔 HB 895: Medicaid coverage of abortion care AKA “Rosie’s Law” — FAILED, BUT SHOULD HAVE PASSED

Finally, the proposal that was closest to our hearts as abortion funders. This was an historic proposal led by abortion funds in Texas. We were disappointed (but not surprised) it did not make it out of committee in this legislature. If passed, it would have expanded Medicaid to cover abortion care, meaning that people enrolled in the Texas Medicaid program would be able to afford safe abortion care in Texas. Named after Rosie Jimenez, a woman from McAllen, Texas, who was enrolled in Medicaid, and who died after she could not afford a safe and legal abortion. HB 895 was referred to committee but died there without a hearing. We won’t give up on Rosie’s Law, though. Are you with us?  🌹

💔 HB 744: Curbing Maternal Mortality in Texas — FAILED, BUT SHOULD HAVE PASSED

Exposing the culture of hypocrisy and cruelty of Texas’ anti-choice politicians, HB 744 was left to die in committee. If passed, it would have expanded the amount of time that a pregnant person can stay on Medicaid to a year after they’ve given birth. Studies have proven just how dangerous giving birth can be in Texas, particularly for Black parents, and this bill would be imperative in turning around maternal health outcomes. Increasing the time that a person can get to a doctor can be lifesaving.

💔 HB 4301: Reimbursement for pregnancy-related support — FAILED, BUT SHOULD HAVE PASSED

This would have provided medical assistance reimbursement for doula support during pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period to Medicaid recipients, which could have been a way to curb maternal mortality for Black parents in particular.

💔 HB 607: Fighting bias at the doctor’s office — FAILED, BUT SHOULD HAVE PASSED

This would have required coursework and continuing education in cultural competence and implicit bias for physicians. This would have benefited people—often Black women—who face discrimination in the doctor’s office.

💔 HB 652: ICE Out of Domestic Violence Shelters — FAILED, BUT SHOULD HAVE PASSED

Like HB 744 above, the failure of this proposal laid bare how little Texas “pro-life” politicians care about children and families. This bill would have made domestic violence shelters safe for undocumented immigrants and ensure that no one gets deported while they’re trying to remove themselves from a violent situation.

Texas Abortion Funds Take The Fight For Abortion Access To The Capitol

Organizations that support Texans seeking abortion care came from the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin


AUSTIN — All Texans deserve access to affordable and safe abortion care. That is the message that representatives from abortion funds across the state brought to the Capitol today.  Abortion funds support clients seeking abortion care with small monetary grants and/or practical support for travel and lodging. Abortion funds were represented at the Capitol today by fund clients, staff and board members, and volunteers.

Z. Edwards, Abortion Coordinator, The Afiya Center’s SYS Fund:

“The Afiya Center is ecstatic to be a part of this day at the Capitol. We are firm on being PRO CHOICE, as we believe that every woman has the right to choose what they do with their bodies. We fight to break the chains that keep us locked within the barriers that hinder us from being educated on sexual reproductive health and reproductive justice.

Abortion is a NEED and is a part of SELF CARE!”

Mari Hernandez, Treasurer, The Bridge Collective

“Texas Abortion Funds Advocacy Day is an important day for our groups to come together in solidarity with people across the state to inform our representatives about the importance of abortion care. We hope to build a path to reproductive justice and create a context where we value all Texans and respect their choices.”

Katya Strinka, Board Member, Clinic Access Support Network (CASN)

“We are thrilled to join forces with abortion funds across Texas here in our state Capitol on behalf of all vulnerable people who face barriers to accessing healthcare. We’re here to speak our truths to power and ask our representatives to represent us, the pro-choice majority.”

Ofelia Alonso, Volunteer, La Frontera Fund

“We are excited to speak truth to power at this legislative session with our fellow abortion funds! We love seeing proactive legislation like Rosie’s Law be supported by Texans from all over the state.”

Melissa Flores, President, Board of Directors, Fund Texas Choice:

“Fund Texas Choice is honored to serve as an advocate for our clients. We are committed to helping Texans overcome the unique geographic barriers that are illuminated by the state’s restrictive abortion laws. However, we envision a future in which our services are no longer necessary, in which abortion is embraced as healthcare and a human right. As a human right, abortion is equitably accessible across political, economic and social systems so that people can maintain bodily autonomy and create the futures that are best for themselves, their families, and their communities.”

Eleanor Grano, Community Outreach and Youth Engagement Coordinator, Jane’s Due Process:

“Jane’s Due Process is thrilled to be at the Capitol today and stand in solidarity with our clients to advocate for the reproductive rights of teens in Texas.”

JDP Peer Support Leader HK Gray sums it up best: “Teens are disproportionately impacted by financial and logistical barriers to abortion in Texas. This has to change.’’’

Amanda Beatriz Williams, Executive Director, Lilith Fund:

“To see abortion funds and practical support organizations from around Texas come together to advocate at the Capitol is a testament to how much we have built together since 2013. As the attacks on reproductive rights and justice from anti-choice legislators have ripped through our state, our resolve to work together with our communities is only getting stronger.”

Kamyon Conner, Executive Director, Texas Equal Access Fund:

“Abortion Funds create magic when they collaborate in radical ways to increase access to abortion through collective power. It is so empowering to be at the Capitol with abortion funds from all over the state of Texas to advocate for abortion access. The Texas legislators that are determined to push abortion out of reach in our state will find these feirce advocates are dedicated and unwavering. Texas Abortion Funds Advocacy Day uplifts the voices of those we serve and the communities we are determined to thrive. We will always advocate for health, safety and autonomy of all people.”

Ana Hernandez, Sexual Health Education Policy, West Fund:

“We’re proud to have this day at the Capitol to demand abortion without apology. All Texans deserve the information, ability, and resources to make their own healthcare decisions. Everything from comprehensive sexual health education, to Medicaid expansion, and abortion access ensure the success and happiness of all people.”

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The Afiya Center’s Supporting Your Sistah Fund provides compassionate practical support using a Reproductive Justice framework. We want to ensure that Black women of color have the support they need to receive the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare which includes abortion access.

The Bridge Collective provides information, transportation, accommodation, and abortion doula services to help Texans navigate abortion services.

By mobilizing the power of volunteers, Clinic Access Support Network (CASN) provides transportation, accommodation, childcare assistance, and emotional support to people seeking abortion care in Houston.

Frontera Fund provides practical support and funding for abortion to people seeking abortions in the Rio Grande Valley and to people living in the Rio Grande Valley who have to travel to other clinics in Texas and out of state.

Fund Texas Choice helps Texans equitably access abortion through safe, confidential, and comprehensive travel services and practical support.

Jane’s Due Process ensures legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. Created in 2001, Jane’s Due Process is recognized in parental involvement states as a pioneer in delivering legal services to pregnant teens. The core of the JDP program is its statewide toll-free legal hotline, lawyer referral program and web site.

Lilith Fund funds abortion in central and southern regions of Texas and advocates for change through the movement for reproductive justice.

TEA Fund provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.

West Fund works to make abortions accessible for all people in West Texas and New Mexico.

In Austin and The Rio Grande Valley, Advocates Show Up For “Rosie’s Law” To Expand Abortion Care Access for Low-Income Texans

Named for a Rosaura “Rosie” Jimenez, who died seeking an abortion in the Rio Grande Valley due to the Hyde Amendment, the bill (HB 895) would provide abortion coverage for low income Texas families enrolled in Medicaid.

LIVE VIDEO from Austin, Texas:  https://www.facebook.com/lilithfund/videos/825253551148334/

LIVE VIDEO from McAllen, Texas:  
https://www.facebook.com/cathy.c.torres.3/videos/2340398219318206/

AUSTIN —“Rosie’s Law,” (House Bill 895) authored by Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, is the first bill of its kind that would expand insurance coverage for abortion for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is part of a historic initiative led by Texas-based abortion funds, who provide financial assistance to thousands of Texans seeking abortion and are committed to removing the barriers low-income Texans face when seeking care. Learn more about Rosie Jimenez.

For more than 40 years, low-income people in Texas and across the country have been denied affordable abortion care due to the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that prohibits the Medicaid program from covering abortion. Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia do not cover abortion within their state Medicaid programs, except for limited exceptions. Texas lawmakers banned Medicaid coverage for abortion decades ago, and a ban on private insurance coverage of abortion was passed during the 2017 Texas legislative session. Coverage bans of all kinds force low-income Texans to pay out of pocket for their abortion care and primarily affect low-income communities of color.

“Rosie’s Law” would ensure affordable abortion care for millions of Texans enrolled in Medicaid, and mirrors efforts in states across the country, including Oregon and Pennsylvania, to protect and expand abortion coverage.

Statement from Rep. Sheryl Cole:

“We as women in the legislature were elected in unprecedented numbers and I am convinced it is because of the work of these young ladies standing fast and promoting something like Rosie’s Law, because it teaches us that they stand on our shoulders and we must fight hard for government assistance for those that just don’t have it.”

Statement from Analysia Cole, who accessed a safe abortion with financial assistance from Lilith Fund:

“The thought of an ‘at-home’ termination crossed my mind more than once. If I couldn’t make ends meet, my options would be limited. I spent hours researching ways to end my pregnancy on my own. Millions of results plagued my screen; excessive amounts of vitamin C, pills from Mexico, extreme amounts of exercise, or worse case scenario, dropping a weight on your stomach.  Before making the decision to risk my life out of desperation, I was able to gather the funds needed. I am here today because I see a part of myself in Rosie. Rosie’s Law would bring Texans the safe access to abortions that we deserve. Nobody deserves to die because they just didn’t have the money.”

Statement from Frontera Fund Co Founder & Board Chair Rockie Gonzalez:

“As a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, and as an abortion funder, I would like to remind you that abortion will never go away. Today, we ask you to remember that no matter what, wealthy Texans will always have a way to access abortion when and how they want. It is a shameful disgrace that the poorest Texans continue to be denied access to abortion care because of nonsense policies.”

Statement from Lilith Fund Organizer Erika Galindo:

“We’re joining together today to call on Texas lawmakers to use their power to ensure that Rosie’s Law gets a fair chance in the legislative process. At a time when our border communities are experiencing the looming threat of walls and hyper-militarization, we demand  better. The attacks on our homes and our bodies must end. Rosie should still be here and we cannot lose any more people because they can’t afford their abortion care.”

Statement from Texas Equal Access Fund Executive Director Kamyon Conner:

“While the right to abortion is still the law in Texas, I want to remind you today that legal does not mean accessible. Reproductive choice is denied when people are unable to access abortion services. At the TEA Fund we know that abortion is necessary healthcare and we work hard day after day to fill in the gaps created by unjust laws and restrictions.”

Statement from Destiny Lopez, co-director, All* Above All:

“Rosie’s Law is bold legislation that will leave decisions about whether to end a pregnancy where they belong– with Texans and their families. As we continue to fight injustice in all its forms, we must ensure that politicians aren’t able to take away someone’s health coverage just because they’re poor.”

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Frontera Fund provides practical support and funding for abortion to people seeking abortions in the Rio Grande Valley and to people living in the Rio Grande Valley who have to travel to other clinics in Texas and out of state.

Lilith Fund funds abortion in central and southern regions of Texas and advocates for change through the movement for reproductive justice.

Texas Equal Access Fund provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.

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Rep. Sheryl Cole and Advocates Announce “Rosie’s Law,” a Bill to Lift Abortion Coverage Bans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 12, 2019

**MEDIA ADVISORY: Press Conference**

Contact:      

Cristina Parker, cristina@lilithfund.org
Denise Rodriguez, denise@teafund.org
Rockie Gonzalez, rockie@lafronterafund.org

AUSTIN — State Rep. Sheryl Cole (D-Austin) and advocates from Texas-based abortion funds recently introduced historic legislation, “Rosie’s Law” (HB 895), to expand insurance coverage for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is named to honor the life of Rosaura “Rosie” Jimenez of McAllen, Texas. On February 14, Cole and advocates will host a press conference to share more details about this bold legislation.

Also on February 14, advocates will be taking to the streets in Rosie’s hometown of McAllen, Texas, to rally for expanding insurance coverage for Texans enrolled in Medicaid. Rally details here.

A rally in McAllen, Texas,

WHEN:

Thursday, February 14, 2019
9 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. CT

WHO:

  • State Rep. Sheryl Cole
  • Erika Galindo, Lilith Fund
  • Rockie Gonzalez Frontera Fund
  • Kamyon Conner, Texas Equal Access Fund
  • Analysia Cole, Lilith Fund financial assistance recipient  

WHERE:  

Texas Capitol, Speaker’s Committee Room, 2W.6

Media please RSVP to cristina@lilithfund.org for details.

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Frontera Fund provides practical support and funding for abortion to people seeking abortions in the Rio Grande Valley and to people living in the Rio Grande Valley who have to travel to other clinics in Texas and out of state.

Lilith Fund funds abortion in central and southern regions of Texas and advocates for change through the movement for reproductive justice.

Texas Equal Access Fund provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.

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La “Ley de Rosie” brindaría cobertura de servicios de aborto a las familias de bajos recursos inscritas en Medicaid en Texas

Nombrada por Rosaura “Rosie” Jimenez quien murió tratando de obtener un aborto en el Valle del Río Grande a causa de una provisión legislativa conocida como la enmienda de Hyde. Nuestro proyecto de implementar la “Ley de Rosie” (HB 895) brindaría cobertura de servicios de aborto para familias en Texas de bajos recursos inscritas en el programa de Medicaid.

AUSTIN — La “Ley de Rosie,” (House Bill 895) escrita por el autor Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, es la primera ley de este tipo que brindaría cobertura de servicios de aborto a familias en Texas inscritas en el programa del estado de Medicaid. Esta ley es parte de una iniciativa histórica que ha sido dirigida en esta sesión legislativa por fundaciones de aborto en Texas, que proveen ayuda financiera a miles de personas en Texas que están tratando de obtener un aborto. Estas organizaciones están comprometidas a eliminar los obstáculos que enfrenten la gente de bajos recursos en Texas buscando atención médica.

Por más de 40 años, personas de bajos recursos en Texas y todo el país han sido negados de acceder servicios de aborto a causa de la enmienda de Hyde, la cual es una póliza federal que prohíbe que el programa de Medicaid cubra servicios de aborto. Al momento 35 estados y el Distrito de Columbia no cubren los servicios de aborto dentro de sus programas de Medicaid en cada estado, salvo excepciones limitadas. En Texas, legisladores han prohíbido que el Medicaid cubra el servicio de un aborto desde hace muchas décadas. En la legislatura de Texas del año 2017 aprobaron una ley que prohíbe que las compañías privadas de seguro de salud cubran los servicios de un aborto. Estas leyes y restricciones afectan principalmente a minorías raciales y obligan que personas de bajos recursos tengan que obtener más dinero de sus propios bolsillos para pagar los servicios de su aborto y atención médica.

La “Ley de Rosie” podría asegurar que los servicios de aborto sean accesibles y de bajo costo para millones de personas en Texas inscritas en el programa de Medicaid. Esta ley es similar a los esfuerzos realizados en otros estados que incluye Oregón y Pensilvania que protegen y expanden la cobertura de servicios de aborto.

Enunciación de la Representante Sheryl Cole:

“Estoy orgullosa de proponer HB 895, conocida como la ‘Ley de Rosie’. Yo voy a luchar por la justicia, y esta incluye la justicia reproductiva, porque todos merecen el derecho a acceder servicios de salud y atención médica.

Enunciación de la presidenta de directores de La Frontera Fund Rockie Gonzalez:

“La ‘Ley de Rosie’ honra la vida de Rosaura “Rosie” Jiménez de McAllen, TX y sus hijas que la sobreviven. Las familias en el Valle sufren barreras injustas para acceder a los servicios de aborto que desean y necesitan. Nuestro trabajo se basa en la fibra moral que nos dice que la riqueza no debe ser un factor en la capacidad de nadie para tomar decisiones sobre sus cuerpos, sus vidas o sus familias. Frontera Fund trabaja para ofrecer asistencia financiera y apoyo práctico a nuestras familias del Valle, y el estado de Texas también debería hacerlo.”

Enunciación de la directora ejecutiva de El Fondo Lilith Amanda B. Williams:

“Nosotros trabajamos todos los días para eliminar obstáculos innecesarios que impiden que personas puedan acceder servicios de aborto en las comunidades de Texas. La ‘Ley de Rosie’ eliminaría una de las barreras más grandes para obtener abortos en nuestro estado y aseguraría que los derechos reproductivos de las personas de bajos recursos en Texas sean respetadas—sin importar cuánto dinero tengan.”  

Enunciación de la directora ejecutiva de El Fondo Texas Equal Access Kamyon Conner:

“La ‘Ley de Rosie’ brindaría cobertura a los servicios de aborto al reducir innecesarias restricciones de salud y atención médica para personas de bajos recursos. Acceso equitativo de salud y servicios de aborto son esenciales sin importar el ingreso económico de una persona o su raza.

Enunciación de la co-directora de All* Above All Destiny Lopez:

“La ‘Ley de Rosie’ es legislación audaz que pondrá las decisiones sobre terminar un embarazo donde deben de estar — con la gente de Texas y sus familias. Al continuar nuestra lucha contra todas las injusticias, tenemos que asegurar que los políticos no puedan quitar la cobertura de salud de las personas porque son pobres y de bajos recursos.”

La Ley de Rosie tendría un impacto positivo en las vidas de las personas que quieren y necesitan un aborto en Texas. Más información sobre Rosie Jimenez y su vida esta disponible en línea.

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La Frontera Fund ofrece asistencia financiera y apoyo práctico a personas que quieren y necesitan un aborto en el Valle del Río Grande y a las personas que viven el el Valle que necesitan viajar a otras clínicas en Texas y fuera del estado.

El Fondo de Lilith ofrece fondos económicos para personas que necesitan abortos en las regiones del centro y del sur de Texas y luchamos por cambiar las restricciones del aborto en nuestro movimiento de la justicia reproductiva.

El Fondo de Texas Equal Access ofrece ayuda financiera a personas de bajos recursos en la región norte de Texas que están tratando de obtener un aborto y no tienen los recursos para poder pagar el procedimiento. A la misma vez luchamos para eliminar los obstáculos que limitan el acceso de abortos a través de la educación y al trabajar con nuestras comunidades para poder cambiar la cultura hacia la justicia reproductiva.

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“Rosie’s Law” Would Expand Abortion Care Access for Low-Income Texans

Named for a Rosaura “Rosie” Jimenez, who died seeking an abortion in the Rio Grande Valley due to the Hyde Amendment, the bill (HB 895) would provide abortion coverage for low income Texas families enrolled in Medicaid.

AUSTIN —“Rosie’s Law,” (House Bill 895) authored by Rep. Sheryl Cole, D-Austin, is the first bill of its kind that would expand insurance coverage for abortion for Texans enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. The bill is part of an historic initiative led by Texas-based abortion funds, who provide financial assistance to thousands of Texans seeking abortion and are committed to removing the barriers low-income Texans face when seeking care.

For more than 40 years, low-income people in Texas and across the country have been denied affordable abortion care due to the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that prohibits the Medicaid program from covering abortion. Currently, 35 states and the District of Columbia do not cover abortion within their state Medicaid programs, except for limited exceptions. Texas lawmakers banned Medicaid coverage for abortion decades ago, and a ban on private insurance coverage of abortion was passed during the 2017 Texas legislative session. Coverage bans of all kinds force low-income Texans to pay out of pocket for their abortion care and primarily affect low-income communities of color.

For more than 40 years, low-income people in Texas and across the country have been denied affordable abortion care due to the Hyde Amendment, a federal policy that prohibits the Medicaid program from covering abortion. Currently, 34 states and D.C. deny people coverage for abortion just because they are poor. Texas lawmakers banned Medicaid coverage for abortion decades ago, and a ban on private insurance coverage of abortion was passed during the 2017 Texas legislative session. Coverage bans of all kinds force low-income Texans to pay out of pocket for their abortion care and primarily affect low-income communities of color.

“Rosie’s Law” would ensure affordable abortion care for millions of Texans enrolled in Medicaid, and mirrors efforts in states across the country, including Oregon and Pennsylvania, to protect and expand abortion coverage.

Statement from Rep. Sheryl Cole:

“I am proud to file HB 895, known as Rosie’s Law. I will fight for justice, including reproductive justice, and I believe that everyone deserves access to healthcare.”

Statement from Frontera Fund Co Founder & Board Chair Rockie Gonzalez:

“Rosie’s Law honors the life of Rosaura “Rosie” Jimenez of Mcallen, TX. and her children who survive her. Families in the Rio Grande Valley experience unfair barriers to accessing the abortion care they want and need. Our work is based on the moral fiber that tells us wealth should not be a factor in anyone’s ability to make decisions about their bodies, their lives, or their families. Frontera Fund works to offer financial assistance and practical support to our Valley families and so should the state of Texas.”

Statement from Lilith Fund Executive Director Amanda B. Williams:

“We work everyday to remove the unnecessary barriers that prevent people from accessing safe abortion care in Texas communities. Rosie’s Law would remove one of the biggest barriers to abortion care in our state by ensuring that the reproductive rights of low-income Texans are respected—however much money they have.”

Statement from Texas Equal Access Fund Executive Director Kamyon Conner:

“Rosie’s Law would expand coverage of abortion by reducing superfluous restrictions to healthcare for low-income people. Equitable access to health care and abortion is essential regardless of income or race.”

Statement from Destiny Lopez, co-director, All* Above All:

“Rosie’s Law is bold legislation that will leave decisions about whether to end a pregnancy where they belong– with Texans and their families.  As we continue to fight injustice in all its forms, we must ensure that politicians aren’t able to take away someone’s health coverage just because they’re poor.”

Rosie’s Law would have a positive impact on the lives of people seeking abortion care in Texas. More information on Rosie Jimenez and her life is available online.

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Frontera Fund provides practical support and funding for abortion to people seeking abortions in the Rio Grande Valley and to people living in the Rio Grande Valley who have to travel to other clinics in Texas and out of state.

Lilith Fund funds abortion in central and southern regions of Texas and advocates for change through the movement for reproductive justice.

Texas Equal Access Fund provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.

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We’re growing our team — and our impact

We are so excited to introduce you to the two newest members of Lilith Fund’s staff! As the attacks on abortion access and reproductive rights in Texas  intensify (see Monday’s battle in court), we are rising up to meet the challenge by expanding our capacity to fight back. Together, the new directoras of communications and development will provide critical infrastructure and support for our key programs, allowing us to be more creative and strategic in our mission of funding abortion and building power in our communities.

Please join us in welcoming Blanca and Cristina!

Blanca Murillo, Development Director, is a Chicana born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. A first-generation college graduate, she received her B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She got her start in fundraising in 2012 through the SNAP PAC fellowship that allowed her to travel to Illinois to work on a progressive congressional campaign. Prior to joining Lilith Fund, she was the Development Specialist at Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, where she organized grassroots donors to increase access to reproductive healthcare by supporting progressive electoral and policy work. Blanca is passionate empowering supporters at all levels to fund the initiatives that truly promote their vision for a better world, including a future where abortion is accessible to ALL. She is excited to be a part of the Lilith Fund team!

Cristina Parker, Communications Director, grew up in the border town of El Paso, Texas, as part of a Mexican-American mixed status family. She graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. After leaving Mizzou, she began a prestigious internship through the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund as a copy editor for the Houston Chronicle, where she worked for two more years. She later worked as the Communications Director for the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso before coming to Austin. Most recently, Cristina was the Communications Director at Grassroots Leadership in Austin, where her work helped to shape a new narrative around immigration and criminal justice issues.  Her specialties include training community spokespeople and building people-powered media teams for direct action. When she’s not working, Cristina hikes the Greenbelt and spends as much time as possible with friends and family.

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