Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to #EndHyde and #EndHelms!

And also a big thank you to Jess Mason Pieklo for putting this together and running the Bolder Boulder to raise money for abortion access!

#EndHyde and #EndHelms at the Bolder Boulder

One of our amazing supporters here in Colorado is wearing the Stars and Stripes as she runs the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, this coming Monday. She’s running to #EndHyde and #EndHelms, two policies that make it harder for folks to afford abortion care. The Hyde Amendment forbids the government from paying for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the pregnant person.  The Helms Amendment restricts foreign aid from paying for abortion care. 

These policies harm pregnant people in America and around the world. We stand for a world where no person is denied reproductive autonomy because of money. And the U.S. government should too. 

#EndHyde #EndHelms

To learn more:

Hyde Amendment

Helms Amendment

Movie Night: Vessel

On Friday, January 23, to commemorate Roe v. Wade, the Freedom Fund is hosting a screening of the award winning film Vessel. The availability of abortion care is under greater attack than ever, making Vessel, the story of Rebecca Gomperts, who provides abortion care on a ship at sea, more timely than ever. Vessel shows the creation of underground network of emboldened, informed activists who trust people to handle abortion themselves. Learn more about the film at www.vesselthefilm.com.

We hope that you will join us for the screening – Friday, January 23 at 7 p.m. at Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 W. 32nd Ave., Golden 80401. Tickets are $5 and there will be a cash bar.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who donated and came out for out Billiard-a-thon! Thanks to you we raised over $8,000 for abortion access in Colorado. All that money will go to patients in need.

Thank you all so much.

Matching Donor!

A generous donor has offered to match Billiard-a-thon donations up to $1,000 through March 15! This is a great time to form a team and start raising money – it will go twice as far!

See you at Zanzibar on April 12!

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What’s the Matter with Texas?

When the Texas legislature passed HB2 back in July 2013, it imposed restrictions designed to shut down almost all abortion clinics in Texas.  As Andrea Grimes reported for RHReality check:

HB 2 bans abortion after 20 weeks, requires abortion providers to obtain hospital admitting privileges, restricts the prescription of medical abortions, and mandates that all abortion facilities be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers, a rule which would shut down all but five abortion facilities currently operating in Texas. The remaining legal abortion clinics will be located in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.

Andrea Grimes published another article recently about what’s happening in Texas this past week, and the results of HB2 are not good.  In the Rio Grande Valley, “patients . . . are now facing a 300-mile round-trip drive to Corpus Christi, or a 500-mile round-trip drive to San Antonio, to the nearest safe, legal abortion providers.”

The abortion funds in Texas are trying to step into that gap: Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Whole Women’s Health, and Fund Texas Women are all working as hard as they can to close the gap.

Donating to these organizations, or to us here at the Freedom Fund (we have a donation link to the right!), is an important part of the struggle for abortion access and reproductive justice.  But it’s not enough.  We have to turn our outrage into political action, campaigning to repeal the Hyde Amendment, electing candidates who support reproductive freedom, and working towards a society that supports the reproductive choices of all people.