Vanessa at Plucky Punk, inspired by Biting Beaver’s story, has come up with an action plan:
Long story short: an adult woman with several children in a committed relationship was not able to obtain emergency contraception in time (due to some serious backwards actions on the part of several doctors and nurses) and became pregnant against her will. Now she must pay for an abortion she really can’t afford.
Reading about this seriously infuriated me, but I was also heartened that pretty much every thread I read about this story on contained information about how to lend Biting Beaver a financial hand.
What they say about tragedy brining out the worst in people *and* the best in people as usual proved true.
(To give to Biting Beaver, click here . Let’s help out one of our own.)
But it got me thinking, as all of the feminist blogtopia (y!sctp!), including me once again devolved into an endless debate about “fun.” What about the countless women who must have shared Biting Beaver’s experiences who *don’t* have all of blogtopia behind them?
At the Pandagon thread about this, Amanda linked to this charity, The National Network of Abortion Funds. And of course there’s Planned Parenthood. What I’d like to do is to rally the feminist blogtopia around not only Biting Beaver, but around all women needing reproductive care (well, let’s not euphemize, needing *abortions*) who can’t afford it.
The average cost of an abortion in the United States is 468 dollars. Somewhere, there is a woman in need of this money who doesn’t have it.
Let’s see if we can get together and raise this amount, either by giving to Biting Beaver, the National Network of Abortion Funds or to Planned Parenthood. Please leave to amount you donated or pledge to donate in the comments (or if you’ve already donated, leave that amount).
And if you prefer to remain anonymous, that’s cool. You can even email me your pledge.
Even if you can only donate a dollar, please do. (I know I’ve taken to paying bills with credit cards since going back to school and having a baby. I’m so broke I’m broken! So poor I’m po!) And if you can’t donate anything, please at least spread the word either on your own blog, or if you don’t have one, amongst your friends.
Let’s demonstrate that feminist blogtopia is about more than infighting about clothes and shoes and waxing and whatnot. Let’s demonstrate what we can do when we unite.
Again, here are the links:
So that’s my call to arms. Let’s see what happens.
- Anti-Choice Criminals by Jill September 26, 2007
- Limiting Birth Control – Even at Planned Parenthood by Jill February 27, 2006
- When There’s No Plan B by Jill June 5, 2006
- Playing Politics With Cancer Screening by Jill March 26, 2007
- Passing the Buck by zuzu October 8, 2006