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.
Pink ribbons do not help bring awareness to the socioeconomic inequities connected to breast cancer; they commodify the disease and make it “sexy” under the guise of raising awareness.
The term “pro-choice” has very little meaning if we are only defending the choice for those who can afford it.
Low-income women–even many ostensibly covered by Medicaid–face numerous obstacles to obtaining early, safe abortion services, leading to higher costs and later abortions than need be the case. The DC Abortion Fund is struggling to close the gap.
The House Appropriations Committee tonight voted down the “Tiahrt-Davis” Amendment, an effort by anti-choice forces in Congress to reinsert a rider into the District of Columbia’s federal funding allocation that would have prohibited local funds from being used to help low-income women access medically necessary abortions.