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.
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 Fundprovides 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.
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.
This is the first hearing for #ThePeoplesLawsuit, a challenge to the long-standing and burdensome Texas laws that restrict access to abortion care
WHO: Plaintiffs in Whole Woman’s Health Alliance v. Paxton
WHERE: U.S. District Court, 501 W 5th St, Austin, TX
WHEN: Monday, January 7 at 1:30 p.m.
AUSTIN — On Monday, a federal court in Austin will hear arguments on whether a challenge to Texas’ extreme restrictions on abortion care can move forward.
Plaintiffs in The People’s Lawsuit will argue before Judge Yeakel that the state’s three motions to dismiss this lawsuit are unfounded. The plaintiffs, including Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, West Fund, and Bhavik Kumar, M.D., M.P.H., are confident that their case will be successful in eroding barriers to abortion care for everyone in Texas.
The hearing is open to the public and advocates will be present to support the rights of all people seeking abortion care in Texas.
People seeking abortion care in Texas face an array of medically unnecessary requirements that are difficult, time-consuming, and costly to navigate — sometimes prohibitively so. These laws have been built up over time to chip away at the abortion right first recognized in Roe v. Wade more than four decades ago and reaffirmed just recently in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In both of those landmark cases, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down unconstitutional Texas laws that restricted access to abortion care, recognizing that the right to have an abortion is critical to the liberty, dignity, and equal status of anyone with the capacity to become pregnant. The healthcare providers and grassroots organizations bringing The People’s Lawsuit ask the court to follow that precedent.
The Plaintiffs are represented by the Lawyering Project and the Law Offices of Patrick J. O’Connell PLLC.
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Whole Woman’s Health Alliance Whole Woman’s Health Alliance works to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in the culture by fostering open and honest conversations, lifting up all communities and transforming the abortion care environment.
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.
Fund Texas Choice helps Texans equitably access abortion through safe, confidential, and comprehensive travel services and practical support.
Lilith Fund, an abortion fund since 2001, provides direct financial assistance to people seeking abortion in the central and southern regions of Texas.
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.
The West Fundis a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the National Network of Abortion Funds and based in El Paso, Texas, that works to make abortions accessible for all people.
The Hotline Coordinator (HC) is a part-time (20 hrs/wk) position managed by the Lilith Fund Executive Director. There is potential for this position to become full-time, contingent on funding, in 2019. The HC’s main responsibility is to oversee the operation of the abortion funding hotline, which offers grants to help people in Texas pay for abortion services. This entails running the hotline day-to-day; recruiting, training, and managing hotline volunteers; reporting to the ED and Board of Directors; managing the hotline budgets; maintaining relationships with abortion clinics, other abortion funds, and practical support networks in Texas; and staying up-to-date with Texas abortion funding, regulation, and legislation.
About Lilith Fund
Lilith Fund, founded in 2001, funds abortion and advocates for change through the movement for reproductive justice. Lilith Fund operates a mostly volunteer-run hotline in order to provide direct financial assistance to people in the central and southern half of Texas seeking abortion care. Last year, we provided grants to more than 1,700 people who otherwise would not have been able to afford a safe abortion. Lilith Fund also engages in local and statewide movement-building, organizing, and policy advocacy work in order to create systemic change. Lilith Fund is a women of color-led organization.
This is a part-time employee position coordinating Lilith Fund’s English- and Spanish-language hotline and direct assistance program(s). Key responsibilities include:
coordination of daily program operations
recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers
hotline data, intake, and impact tracking
monthly program reporting to Board of Directors and Executive Director
creation, revision, and enforcement of program policies
management of relationships with partner clinics and community organizations
program evaluation, assessment, and design recommendations
some administrative tasks and data entry
some community outreach and education
Essential Job Functions
Coordinate the monthly hotline volunteer schedule to ensure continuous hotline shift coverage
Manage the hotline’s technical resources, including voicemail service used for intake, internet fax service, volunteer email listserv, and shared online volunteer documents
Maintain and document up-to-date, detailed training materials and program policies for the hotline
Provide information to the public regarding the Lilith Fund’s hotline volunteer positions
Schedule and facilitate hotline training sessions as needed
Recruit and retain a sufficient number of active hotline volunteers as needed
Provide regular supervision, assistance, and mentorship to hotline volunteers, largely via phone or online; provide clear instructions and feedback
Organize volunteer appreciation events, happy hours, or socials periodically
Work with Hotline Committee and Executive Director on issues of program sustainability, strategy
Work with Lilith Fund staff across other organizational programs to build alignment and foster collaboration
Serve as primary contact for clinic relations; proactively communicate with clinic staffs regarding issues and program policies
Proactively communicate and collaborate with other abortion funds, practical/legal support, and community organizations as needed
Communicate directly with Lilith Fund clients to provide funding to clients, offer support, and manage logistics
Collect and analyze hotline data, report monthly to the Board of Directors and Executive Director
Regularly check voicemails on administrative line
The ideal candidate will require minimal direction in order to set and effectively achieve multiple goals. Lilith Fund is looking for someone with strong personal organization and attention to detail who has the proactive spirit needed to quickly identify necessary tasks and efficiently complete them.
Hotline and/or crisis counseling and/or social work experience, particularly working with low-income women, women of color, immigrant or displaced women and/or women experiencing gender-based violence and/or gender non-conforming, trans, and non-binary people
Must demonstrate analysis of and commitment to reproductive justice, intersectionality, anti-racism, and abortion access in Texas
Proficiency in TalkDesk and/or ZenDesk software
Must be comfortable working remotely and maintain regularly weekly scheduled hours
Must demonstrate good judgment and maintain client confidentiality
Must embrace culture of experimentation and be open to trying new things
Must effectively communicate with the Executive Director (supervisor) via email, telephone, Google Hangout, and in person
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
Strong written and oral communication skills
Experience coordinating volunteers
Lilith Fund is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color, people who have had abortions and/or who have received funding from an abortion fund(s), low-income people, immigrants, Native peoples, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, queer, and trans people. We do not discourage or discriminate against people with convictions, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview.
This part-time hourly position will be located in Austin (preferred), but candidates in San Antonio and Houston may also apply. The desired start date is July 9, 2018. Depending on qualifications, hourly rate is $20-$25 per hour plus a comprehensive health care package, 40 hours paid vacation time, a 401(k) plan with up to 6% employer match, and more. This position does not include any expectation of fundraising. The Hotline Coordinator directly reports to the Executive Director.
How to Apply
Submit a 1 page cover letter and resume in two separate attachments via an email titled “Hotline Coordinator, [your name]” to email@example.com. Accepting applications until July 9th. Ideal start date ASAP.
Lilith Fund, a Texas-based abortion fund, has two openings on its Board of Directors for 2018! Lilith Fund provides direct financial assistance to people in the southern half of Texas seeking abortion services, and our board members actively oversee and participate in the work of the organization. We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are passionate about reproductive justice and excited to work to help fund abortion.
Lilith Fund has experienced a tremendous level of growth over the last five years. We hired our first Executive Director, significantly expanded our advocacy and movement-building work, and raised more funding for our clients than ever before. This year, we are hiring four additional staff members.
Lilith Fund is especially looking for board members with a background in financial management and planning, information technology and information security, non-profit organizational management, or communications. Ideal candidates will have some fundraising experience and an understanding of the state of abortion access in Texas.
Lilith Fund’s Board of Directors is a working board and operates out of three major cities in Texas: Houston, Austin and San Antonio. We are especially interested in applicants from San Antonio, but encourage applications from Houston and Austin residents as well. Our board meets monthly via video conference call. We also hold quarterly in-person meetings rotating between San Antonio, Austin and Houston.
Lilith Fund is committed to investing in the leadership of people of color, people who have had abortions and/or who have received funding from an abortion fund(s), low-income people, people with disabilities, immigrant people, Native people, formerly incarcerated people, queer people, and trans people. We do not discourage or discriminate against people with criminal convictions, and you will not be asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime on the application or interview.
As white board members of this organization, and in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, VA, we’d like to speak to our white supporters directly about our responsibility to acknowledge and dismantle white supremacy.
Many people, particularly white people, expressed shock or disbelief about the events in Charlottesville. Similar disbelief was expressed after the election of Donald Trump (even though 53% of white women voters cast a ballot for Donald Trump). Many white folks have said or have wanted to say that “this is not us,” or “this is not America.” We must be clear: this has always been America. The United States of America was created on the foundation of white supremacy and the colonization of people of color. White supremacy did not begin with the election of Donald Trump—his election to the presidency is a result of it. The death of Heather Heyer and the multiple acts of aggression and violence against counter protesters in Charlottesville, VA were fueled by white supremacists.
The reason our organization discusses race, racism, and white supremacy is because it is critical to our work. Racism and white supremacy play a role in the policies, systems, and everyday lives of the people we serve. Racism requires a combination of prejudice—attitudes everyone can have—and power. Many racist attitudes and behaviors are expressed without explicit intent and therefore perpetuated and treated as normal in our society because this country was founded on the exploitation and enslavement of Black people, Jim Crow laws, and a legacy of violence against people of color. This normalization of racism is partly why systemic inequities still exist. As white people, we have a responsibility to accept that racism has played, and continues to play, a part in all aspects of society: whether it be our policing system, housing policies, or in deciding who, how, and when people can have children.
Historically, the abortion rights movement, in conjunction with the mainstream women’s rights movement, has centered the experiences of white, heterosexual, cisgender women, and has excluded critical input from women of color—particularly Black women—and other oppressed communities. Black women along with SisterSong, a Black-led reproductive justice organization, created the term ‘reproductive justice’ because they recognized that the women’s rights movement and its white leadership could not speak to or adequately represent the needs of women of color and other marginalized people. Black women saw the need to build their own movement to uplift and center the needs of the most marginalized women, families, and communities.
Because of this history, our board members acknowledged it was important for Lilith Fund, which was founded by mostly white women, to shift from being a white-majority organization to a people of color-majority organization to better serve our clients, 84% of whom are people of color. White board members of our organization have understood we are not best-suited to develop solutions to serve people of color because we don’t experience the oppression people of color face. Since 2014, we have maintained a woman of color majority on our board to better guide our work through the movement of reproductive justice.
As white people, if we want health care—including abortion—and other quality services like housing, child care, education and more to be available and accessible for everyone to thrive, then we cannot be complicit in other white people’s racism. We need intersectional movements to dismantle systems of oppression, which means ensuring they are led by women of color—we cannot change policies that harm people’s ability to access healthcare by dismissing the very people who are affected by it. We will not eradicate racism if we do not listen to people of color who face it every single day. It’s up to us as anti-racist white people to listen to people of color, validate and accept their experiences, center their leadership and voices, and use the resources and privileges we have to work in solidarity. It is the responsibility of white people to support those most impacted by oppressive policies, particularly because those policies have been endorsed by predominantly white voters.
Take the time to have the tough and uncomfortable conversations with friends and family, challenge your own behaviors and beliefs, and create more inclusive spaces for all people. We are always finding ways to learn and grow individually and as an organization to help create a society in which everyone has the means and opportunity to plan their futures with dignity and support. We can always do better, and we have to do it together.
We cannot allow ourselves to be frozen by fear, shame, or guilt. We must be courageous and be willing to push past the discomfort to a place of justice. Every single day we have the power to continue living out our nation’s legacy of exclusion, violence, and hatred. But we also have the power to change our story, to create communities where all people are able to live freely and with the dignity, respect, and humanity with which they are born.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, and who has helped us grow, change, and be better to serve our clients. We urge you to join us in our efforts to eradicate white supremacy to make a society that is safer and better for everyone. The time to show up is now.
This guest post was written by Monica K, a Lilith Fund volunteer and longtime supporter
Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the omnibus, anti-abortion Senate Bill 8 into law. SB 8 bans physicians from performing D&E abortions, short for dilation and extraction, as well as criminalizes anyone who knowingly helps a person access a D&E abortion.This potentially includes everyone from a physician who provides abortion care to the friend who gives a patient a ride to their appointment. SB 8 also prohibits patients from donating tissue after an abortion and requires clinics to bury or cremate the remains, increasing the cost of the procedure and violating patients’ rights.
When given a choice, most women seeking second or third trimester abortions choose the D&E procedure. It’s a safe and effective method and the preferred choice of physicians. Over 95 percent of second and third trimester abortions performed in the United States are done with D&E. The Guttmacher Institute suggests that the widespread use of the procedure is why anti-choice groups specifically advocate against it.
An alternative to D&E is an induction abortion. While safe for most patients, studies have show this form of abortion has a higher risk of complications in comparison to D&E. Induction usually takes place in a hospital instead of a clinic and can require patients to stay overnight. In contrast, most D&E patients can go home the same day as the procedure.
The decision of the Texas legislature to ban D&E is especially egregious in light of the state’s maternal death rate–a figure that nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. Instead of supporting women’s health, Texas has weakened it further by taking away the preferred choice of patients and doctors for ending a second and third trimester pregnancy.
As a volunteer at the Lilith Fund, I talk with people across Texas who want an abortion but can’t afford it. Some of the biggest barriers to abortion for our callers are the additional costs like finding someone to watch their kids, paying for gas and lodging, and the pay cut from needing to take several days off from work. For those seeking second and third trimester abortions, having to undergo a potentially more involved and time-consuming procedure could put abortion completely out of reach. Many Lilith Fund clients are also worried about revealing their abortion to family, friends and the community. The restrictions mandated by SB 8 keep abortion–and important discussions surrounding abortion care–in the shadows.
We all remember the devastating impact of House Bill 2, a similar omnibus anti-abortion access bill from 2013. It’s essential that we advocate to overturn SB 8, just as we did for HB 2, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court last year. It will undoubtedly be a long and prolonged fight.
In the face of SB 8 it’s vital that we all continue to support Lilith Fund’s clients, the health care providers who care for them, our sister funds and organizations that provide rides, lodging and other practical support. Safe and accessible abortion care for all Texans depends on it.
Meet Izabella Guerrero! She’s participating in Lilith Fund’s Bowl-a-Thon in Houston!
Here’s why she’s bowling for Lilith Fund:
“Lack of abortion access does NOT prevent abortion, it only creates dangerous solutions for termination of a pregnancy. I bowl for Lilith Fund every year because I believe abortion is a fundamental right that should be available AND affordable to anyone, no matter sexuality, gender, socioeconomic class, religion, etc.”
Yesterday, we joined our friends at TEA Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, along with other grassroots activists, to protest the passage of Senate Bill 20. This bill would ban private insurance plans from covering abortions in Texas. We coordinated a banner drop to disrupt the vote and promote an end to all bans on abortion coverage. While the bill passed with a vote of 21 to 10, we were proud to participate in this act of resistance at the Texas Legislature.
Earlier this month, Lilith Fund and TEA Fund held our first-ever Texas Abortion Funds Advocacy Day at the Texas Capitol on March 7th! We were joined by abortion fund advocates from West Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Jane’s Due Process, Bridge Collective, Clinic Access Support Network, Stigma Relief Fund, and other community members. Together, more than 45 abortion access advocates from across the state met with more than 35 legislators to talk about abortion and reproductive justice!
During the legislative visits, we unveiled our proactiveadvocacy agenda. We crafted this agenda based on the stories we hear from clients every day. Our agenda includes comprehensive abortion coverage, Medicaid expansion, protections for undocumented people, young people, low-income communities, incarcerated people seeking abortion, and more.Sign on today to show your support of the agenda!
We’re taking these acts of resistance during one of the most hostile and vehemently anti-choice political climates in our history. How do you resist? Will you join us?
We’re only able to resist and advocate for reproductive justice in Texas because of your continued financial support. Right now we’re in the midst of our annual Bowl-a-Thon, our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we have a goal of raising $100,000 for abortion access! We depend on the success of Bowl-a-Thon so that we can support people who need abortion but cannot afford it.