Wednesday, November 30th, 6-8pm at Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues). Suggested donation is $20, but give what you can.
A blurb from the organization:
During this holiday season, please help women who need your financial support to make the decisions that are right for their lives. Without abortion funds, the right to abortion is meaningless for many women. Please support the New York Abortion Access Fund, an all-volunteer non-profit which provides financial assistance to low-income women who cannot afford to pay for an abortion.
This really is an important cause. Women come from all over the East coast to have abortions in New York City, usually because of the restrictive anti-choice laws in their own states (for more about some of the women this fund helps, see this article about the Haven Coalition. Or this one). The fund is always depleted, and there are always more women who need help. In volunteering with the Haven Coalition, I’ve met some these women — they show up in New York broke, scared, and having spent every penny they have on transportation, the procedure itself, and often childcare for their kids, who they have to leave at home. They don’t have a place to stay, and are prepared to sleep on a park bench or in the bus station while they undergo their procedures (the women who Haven helps are typically in New York for second-trimester abortions, which take 2-3 days). Haven finds them a bed to sleep in, and the New York Abortion Fund helps them pay for what can be a $2,000 ordeal.
The right to choose is meaningless if only middle and upper-income women, or women in the bluest states, have access to it.
If you don’t live in New York, or if you can’t make it to the event and want to help out anyway, you can make donations to the fund here. Please help out if you can.