I'm bowling for abortion access
because I believe that bodily autonomy is a human right. I
believe that a person cannot truly be free if they cannot decide, of their own
free will, if and when they want to be pregnant.
I do not believe that pregnancy should be a punishment for unwise decisions, I believe that every child should be wanted and born to a person or people who are able to love and care for it.
In Ohio, our state legislators think they know better than we do about our own bodies and lives. They're passing dangerous, unconstitutional, laws under the guise of "protecting life". In 2013, the state of Ohio cut funding to Planned Parenthood, became the only state in the nation to require abortion clinics to have transfer agreements with private hospitals, re-introduced the notorious "Heartbeat Bill", and banned rape crisis centers that receive state dollars from referring rape survivors to abortion clinics.
Preterm is fighting back.
When regulations would force most of Ohio's clinics to close, Preterm fought back with a lawsuit. When all the hospitals in northeast Ohio--including some of the most prestigious hospitals in the world--refuse to train their docs in abortion care, Preterm trains them, at their (Preterms’) expense.
Preterm is the largest abortion clinic in Ohio. They offer a tremendous amount of financial assistance for their patients, because they're a non-profit clinic whose mission is to never turn away a person because of the inability to pay. Never. Yet most of their patients are low-income, so they fundraise to help. Since 1974, Preterm has helped more than 8000 people afford their reproductive choices.
I have been a volunteer escort at Preterm for 4 years. I have witnessed the dedicated and compassionate staff that works there. People seeking help at Preterm already have so many obstacles to go through. To get an abortion in Ohio, a person must sit through a mandatory “counseling” session, then wait an additional 24 hours until they can have the procedure (legislation has been introduced to extend the wait to 72 hours). If the person is under the age of 18, they must have the consent of a parent, guardian, or get a judicial bypass. If this wasn’t bad enough, 91% of Ohio’s 88 counties do not have an abortion provider. Many of Preterms’ clients come from out of state. I have spoken to people from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia.
Your donation to the Preterm Access Fund changes the life of a person. I truly believe it. This is why I give and I’m invested in this work. Even if donating isn't a possibility for you right now, I would love if you could forward this to your friends, tell them why this is important to you, and ask them to donate.
Thank you so much for supporting me and everyone else involved in this work.
“We have been outmaneuvered, outspent, outpostured, and outvoted by a group of single-issue activists. It has taken them nearly two decades to turn back the principles of Roe. Let's make sure it takes us a shorter time to replace protection for reproductive choice.”
― Sarah Weddington, A Question of Choice
UPDATE: On March 13, 2014 the Ohio Senate re-introduced the "Heartbeat" Bill, which would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected, which is often before a person even knows that they're pregnant.
When the "Heartbeat" Bill was first introduced in 2011, it passed the Ohio House of Representatives, but died in the State Senate due to then Senate President Tom Niehaus being apprehensive about passing a bill that was clearly unconstitutional and would cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend in court. Due to term-limits, Sen. Niehaus was forced to retire in 2012. The current Senate President, Keith Faber, has expressed his support of the "Heartbeat" bill in the past.
The situation in Ohio is critical.