On August 18, 2014, the Taco or Beer Challenge, a month-long celebration of reproductive freedom, became manifest in the world. The challenge is incredibly simple: You eat a taco or you drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund. Last year, we raised $30,000—let’s see if we can do it again.
A coalition of Texas groups have come together this summer to launch two new efforts intended to help residents access legal abortion care and to communicate more broadly about Texans’ families, their lives, and their reproductive decisions.
Amy Hagstrom Miller and Amanda Williams at ChoiceWorks speak about their vision for their new nonprofit Shift, why they’ve chosen to launch in Texas, and what the end of abortion stigma might look like in red states.
The premise of the Taco or Beer Challenge was simple: Eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and donate to an abortion fund. And the fundraising numbers were, in some cases, surprising and staggering.
Are you up for taking the Taco or Beer Challenge?
Unlike their counterparts in other industrialized countries, abortion providers in the United States don’t simply perform abortions. Because of all the ramifications of the abortion wars in this country, U.S. providers have become de facto social workers, fundraisers, and travel agents, to name just a few of their ancillary roles.
Abortion funds are critical because they help bridge the gap left by the Hyde Amendment and enable access to abortion for those who are financially denied their right to choose.
We are both groups of people that arose to address fundamental gaps in our medical system, and we both provide unconditional and nonjudgmental support for pregnant people.
Requiring Medicaid coverage of abortion is a far cry from guaranteeing that people can access an abortion when they need one.
We are privileged to live in a state where we have Medicaid coverage of abortion, but we know that is not enough.