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National Network of Abortion Funds
- Also Known As:
the Network (national parent group of abortion funds)
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R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R61 Reproductive Rights
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Abortion became legal in every state in 1973, but in 1976 Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, banning federal Medicaid funds that allowed poor women to obtain safe, legal abortions. Thirty-three states followed suit, banning state Medicaid funding for abortion. Today, up to one in three poor women who needs an abortion is forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy, because she cannot afford the cost of an abortion. The National Network of Abortion Funds and its member Funds believe that every woman has the right to determine whether and when she will become a mother. The right to choose abortion is a basic human right. The legal right is an empty promise without access to services and economic justice. We work to increase access to abortion and full reproductive health care for all women, especially for women most in need -- low-income women, women of color, and young women.
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
We provided financial help to over 21,000 women and girls who otherwise would not have been able to obtain an abortion. We brought together allies to create a long-term strategic plan for expanding access to abortion for low-income women. We held a Congressional briefing on the impact on women's lives of the Hyde Amendment, which has taken away Medicaid coverage of abortion. We provided critical capacity-building support to our 100 member funds to help them grow stronger and assist more women in need. We worked with our member fund in West Virginia to protect state Medicaid coverage of abortion for low-income women in that state.
Over the next year, we will lead allies in the effort to complete and begin implementing a long-term strategy to repeal the Hyde Amendment. We will defend state Medicaid coverage from increasing attacks. We will complete messaging research on the best ways to make the case for every woman's right, no matter what her income, to be able to decide whether or not to bring a child into the world. We will hold our organizing summit for member funds and allies.
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Stephanie Poggi is the executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She has been an activist in movements for reproductive freedom and social justice for more than 25 years. She worked for many years as the editor of national, progressive feminist and gay journals, including serving as editor-in-chief of "Sojourner: The Women's Forum" and editor of "Gay Community News." She is co-author of the policy report, "Abortion Funding: A Matter of Justice."
The Network plays a unique role in the reproductive rights and justice communities. Every day, across the country and around the world, we help the women and girls who face the highest barriers to abortion access: women who have low incomes, women of color, young women, and immigrants. At the same, we work for lasting change, for a world where every woman has the power and resources to make the best decisions for herself and for her family, including the ability to care for her children and to decide how many to have and when to have them. Everyone should have the opportunity to build a good life and to live with dignity.
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Evidence of Impact
The National Network of Abortion Funds is credited for its grass roots model of tackling public policy advocacy. Their funds model is cited as driver for consistent success in advancing contraceptive rights.
The strength of the organization's network is cited as the group’s major asset in addressing pressing issues. The programs staff and leadership also garner strong praise.
Areas for Improvement
Experts contend that stronger advocacy efforts and greater collaboration would catalyze more public policy successes.