Welcome to the Fourth Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! The National Network of Abortion Funds is sponsoring the national component of this event, while individual member abortion funds are hosting local bowl-a-thons in their communities.
The dual goals of the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon are to raise awareness of economic barriers to abortion care and to strike down these barriers by raising money to pay for abortion care and to improve state and federal policies that interfere with access to abortion for the most disadvantaged women.
Members of the National Network of Abortion Funds are hosting bowl-a-thons in their local communities during the month of April.
Abortion funds are local, grassroots groups that provide direct financial assistance to women who need money to pay for their abortions. Many abortion funds also help pay for emergency contraception and offer additional information and support. Some abortion funds provide related services, including transportation to a clinic, housing for women who must travel far from home to reach a clinic, child care during the procedure, options counseling, and additional funding for ultrasound, pregnancy testing, or follow-up care.
We must act now to support women who want abortions and cannot afford them.
We must also fight for long-term change that guarantees every woman full reproductive health care. We call for full public funding of abortion, culturally competent and non-coercive family planning services, and support for low-income women to care for their children with dignity.
Today, the Network includes over 100 abortion funds in more than 40 states, Canada, Mexico City, and the UK. Member abortion funds are independent, non-profit, grassroots organizations, many of which are run solely by volunteers. Each year, member funds raise and disperse over $3 million to help over 21,000 women and girls who would not otherwise be able to obtain abortions.