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What Happened in Charleston is a Reproductive Justice Issue

As you know, last week a domestic terrorist walked into the historic Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC and murdered nine people: Sharonda Coleman Singleton,  Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Clementa Pinckney, Myra Thompson, Tywanza Sanders, and Daniel Simmons Sr.

We are holding the families of these victims in our thoughts and join the many protesters in the work of unraveling the framework upholding the wretched lie of white supremacy.

White supremacy, racialized violence and lack of safety for people of color are issues of reproductive justice.

Lilith Fund believes that in order to succeed in the movement towards reproductive justice, we must dismantle the structures that prevent us from building a society that truly values the lives and wellbeing of people of color.

These inequitable structures produce countless difficulties, including poorer health outcomes and limited access to care for people of color in the United States. These are but a couple of examples of our country’s battle against bodies of color that we can work towards eradicating in an effort to build a society based on intersectional justice.

If these topics are new to you, or you want resources to help reach out within your local communities, this guide provided by the African American Intellectual History Society is very helpful:  http://aaihs.org/resources/charlestonsyllabus/

May the victims of this atrocity rest in peace and may their families find solace in the change-making justice that will be sought on their behalf.

14 years Later We Are Expanding Our Organization

This year, we celebrate Lilith Fund’s 14th anniversary. With your support, we have grown from a small group of concerned community activists to an organization with statewide impact serving more than 1,200 clients each year. Thanks to your generosity, we have provided assistance to 9,000 people in need and worked to make reproductive justice a reality in Texas.

Over these 14 years, the Lilith Fund board of directors and volunteers have done remarkable work running and growing the organization. To keep up with the expanding need for our services and continue to build the organization, Lilith Fund has saved funds and made the decision to hire an executive director.

Hiring a director will help us strengthen our organization, increase capacity, build statewide relationships and serve more Texans in need. This is a big step for our organization and we’re so excited to work with you to make reproductive justice a reality in Texas.

We’ll be sharing more details with you as we move forward, and as always, we welcome your input.

Lilith Fund is hiring! Executive Director Job Description

To apply for this position: Email us at info@lilithfund.org with your resume, cover letter and salary requirements

Our response to the 5th Circuit’s opinion on House Bill 2

After several months of waiting for a decision, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a severe and devastating opinion on House Bill 2. We are absolutely heartbroken by the ruling, but we are not surprised.
Infuriatingly, the Court found that requirements in House Bill 2 did not impose an undue burden on a “large faction” of Texans seeking abortions, even though only a handful of Texas clinics – all in major cities – meet the onerous, costly standards in HB 2.
While it’s too soon to predict the full impact of the Court’s decision, the 27 million residents of Texas will likely be left with just 7 or 8 abortion providers. This means Texans seeking abortion care will have to travel even further and wait longer for appointment times, resulting in additional costs for travel, transportation, child care, and lodging – and that increased cost could make abortion out of reach for even more Texans in need.
No matter what, we want you to know that we will not stop funding abortion, and we will not stop fighting. We are united in solidarity with Texans who lack access – especially people of color, undocumented people, those living in rural Texas and west Texas, Texans lacking transportation, Texans who are living in poverty – and we will continue to do our best to serve them. We do this work for them and all who are disproportionately impacted by this ruling.
Please support our work by making a donation today. We depend on your donations to help as many Texans as possible – and with today’s ruling, we need you more than ever.
Here for the long haul,
Susy Hemphill
President, Board of Directors
Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity
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2014 Annual Report

Thanks to your support, Lilith Fund had a historic year in 2014 despite the hardships created by House Bill 2.

We doubled the amount of direct assistance we gave out in 2014 from the previous year, granting our callers nearly $140,000 to access abortion care.

Thank You for being part of our mission in 2014.

Lilith Fund 2014 Annual Report

The Lilith Fund Statement on HB 3994 and SB 575

This session, lawmakers have shown no hesitation to further destroy access to Texans who need abortions. Proposed bills HB 3994 and SB 575 are directly in line with last session’s successful attempts to further restrict access to safe, legal, and timely abortion care services. HB 3994, an omnibus bill that would severely dismantle the judicial bypass process, will make it virtually impossible for young people under the age of 18 to utilize this trusted safety net. This bill will also enforce a highly discriminative ID requirement for all Texans seeking abortion. The Lilith Fund hears from Texans of an array of ages, including minors who are survivors of incest, abuse, and neglect from their parents or caretakers. We are extremely concerned that provisions under HB 3994, including delays and automatic denials, will create further harm for vulnerable young people at a time when they seek protection, support, and compassion. As an abortion fund who hears from over 3,000 Texans a year, we recognize this bill as yet another attempt to create barriers that our callers will have to overcome to access a safe abortion. We are proud to work alongside our partners at Jane’s Due Process (JDP), a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help neglected and abused minors navigate the judicial bypass process. We are united in solidarity with JDP as they spearhead the fight against this malicious legislative attack, which blatantly singles out some of our state’s most vulnerable Texans.

SB 575 bans health insurance coverage for abortion. While defending this policy, some opponents say that abortion funds will be able to “pick up the slack” if the insurance coverage ban is passed, but we know that this will not be the case. While we do our best to help every client who calls us, the reality is that we can only offer funding to a fraction of the people who reach out for help. Last year, we were able to provide assistance to one third of our callers. The Lilith Fund sees firsthand the devastating impacts
of denying low-income Texans coverage for abortion under the Hyde Amendment. Expanding such restrictions on abortion coverage will further jeopardize even more Texans’ health, safety, and well-being.

We are #HereForJaneTX and all Texans who need abortion.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Lilith Fund Board of Directors

The Lilith Fund, a Texas-based abortion fund, is looking for energetic leaders with a commitment to abortion access to join our Board of Directors. Lilith provides direct financial assistance to low-income Texans seeking abortion services and our board members actively oversee and participate in the work of the organization.

We have a wide and diverse client base and we hope to achieve that kind of diversity in our board. Serving on the Board of Directors is a great opportunity for young leaders to gain valuable experience and we encourage young people to apply.

As an organization committed to reproductive justice, we have a responsibility to create a pipeline of leadership and development opportunities for young people, low-income people, people of color, LGBTQIA people and others who are repeatedly and systematically affected by reproductive inequities. People of color and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Although our office is based in Austin, we are interested in recruiting board members from Houston/Gulf Coast, San Antonio, south Texas, El Paso, and Austin areas. We’re particularly interested in applicants with a background in non-profit fundraising, non-profit financial management, accounting, database administration, and data analysis.

The Lilith Fund has a part-time hotline coordinator, but board members will have the responsibilities and duties of a working board. Board members should expect to spend at least 5 hours per week working for the organization. Our board meets monthly, either in person, via conference call, or via chat, but we also have quarterly in-person meetings in rotating cities where we have board representation. We do offer partially subsidized travel costs to board members traveling to board meetings.

There is an application and interview process for interested applicants. Please submit a completed board application and a resume to info@lilithfund.org by September 30, 2014.

The M1LLION Campaign

AIHbigOn September 1st, the final restriction of HB2 will go into effect in Texas. HB2 was voted into law in the summer of 2013. Throughout the year, we have moved from over 40 clinics, down to just over 20. On September 1st, Texas will be left with between 6 and 8 abortion clinics, for over 6 million women* of childbearing age.

That’s one in a million.

The restrictions claim to make abortion “safer.” Safer than what? Abortion is an extremely safe outpatient procedure, many times safer than childbirth, and with similar possible complications. HB2 forces doctors to use out of date protocols for medical abortions, requires “hospital admitting privileges” within 30 miles for doctors (unnecessary since in the extremely rare instance of complications, ER doctors usually do the admitting), and now requires extremely expensive retrofitting (or rebuilding) to have all clinics reclassified as “Ambulatory Surgical Centers.” Most abortions don’t even require an incision. They can be done safely in most doctors’ offices.

Even before this final part of the law takes effect in September, hundreds of thousands of Texans now live over 200 miles away from their nearest clinic. Waiting times have shot up at clinics, and with that wait comes an increase in cost. All of this conspires to force more people to carry pregnancies to term that they don’t want, and cannot afford. All of this endangers the health of Texans.

We don’t know what will happen about September 1st. The only sure thing is that it will be even more difficult for Texans to access the abortions they are legally entitled to, that they truly need. Join us as a sustaining donor. Even a small monthly donation allows us to focus on supporting Texans. We’re fighting harder than ever for our clients, and we need your help. Click here to join us!

 

*We’re using the word women because that is the public statistic available to us, but we know that people who don’t identify as women also need access to abortions. We support, and will fund, their right to abortion access.

Now Recruiting: Spanish Hotline Volunteers!

Are you interested in reproductive justice? Do you want to directly help Texans access abortion services? The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity is currently seeking 3 – 4 hotline volunteers for our Spanish language hotline. 

Lilith Fund hotline volunteers provide direct assistance to low-income people seeking abortion services in Texas. All you need is a phone, internet access, and 4 hours per month. You will be responsible for returning phone calls left by women in need of funding for abortion services. 

Our next volunteer training will be in San Antonio in June. Spanish language volunteers can also be trained remotely. To apply to be a volunteer, send a completed volunteer application (PDF) to Hotline Coordinator Kat Craft at kat@lilithfund.org.

Spanish Language Hotline Volunteer Description

Title: Spanish language hotline volunteer

Position description: Hotline volunteers provide direct assistance to low-income women seeking abortion services in Texas. All you need is a phone, internet access, and 4 hours per month. You will be responsible for returning phone calls left by women in need of funding for abortion services. With each woman requesting help, the volunteer listens to the woman’s story, provides guidance and suggestions for raising the needed funds, and where possible provides a grant to cover a portion of the cost of the abortion. The volunteer then sends a voucher to the clinic with Lilith’s funding commitment. Finally, the volunteer logs the case into the Lilith client database. A phone and computer with internet access is required.

Hours: The call volume on the Spanish language hotline is light, approximately 4 – 6 calls per week. Spanish language volunteers commit to one week shifts; they return calls on the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of that week. Total time commitment is 3 – 4 hours for the entire week. The Lilith Fund hotline is a voice mail system so volunteers return calls at their convenience. Shifts can be completed anywhere as long as volunteers have access to the internet and a phone. Our Spanish language hotline volunteers are typically expected to commit to at least one shift every other month for a year.

Position requirements: Lilith volunteers must be passionate about reproductive justice and committed to making sure that poverty does not prevent a woman from having access to the same rights as other women. Familiarity with Excel or other spreadsheet software is helpful. Training is provided.

Application process: Prospective volunteers fill out an application listing their contact information, opinions on reproductive health issues, particular volunteer interests, and references. The volunteer coordinator and/or executive committee review these applications and determine whether the volunteer is a good fit for Lilith.

Get your new merchandise delivered to your Bowl-a-Thon!


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Get your Lilith Fund Swag at the Bowl-A-Thon! We’ll be bringing a sample of swag to each BAT event. However, why not beat the rush and guarantee you get the “We Fund Abortion” shirt in your perfect size? Order ahead, and your swag will await you in all your bowling glory.

Saunter on over to our Lilith shop. To avoid paying shipping, select any country other than the US, let me know in the notes you are a BAT participant, and which city you’re taking part in. This is an easy way to pay by credit card! Email vagilantejustice@gmail.com if you have questions. We’ve got unisex and women’s fit shirts, tanks, stickers, and koozies.
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