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This year, Texas is facing more repressive abortion restrictions than ever before. In September, many of the clinics we work with will be forced to close. Does any of this stop the need for abortion? No. All it does is make abortion more difficult, onerous, and expensive to get. That’s where we come in.
The Bowl-a-thon is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It’s the chance for you to fundraise for us so we have money to give to people calling us through the year. For the past four years, you’ve answered the call. This year, in addition to our events in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, we’ve even seen brand new events in El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley, areas especially hard hit by HB2 regulations. This year, we need you more than we’ve ever needed you before.
Find your city’s event and sign up to captain or join a team here. Need a team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll set you up with a group of reproductive justice powerhouses. It’s a great way to be a part of something huge and meet other supporters. Come to our bowling party, wear a costume, drink some beer, and do it all for abortion access. What could be better?
Thank you to Daily Show creator Lizz Winstead, comedian Sarah Silverman, and everyone who helped with the #TexasWomenForever live telethon on Monday, November 18.
The telethon raised more than $50,000 to benefit the Lilith Fund and our friends Fund Texas Women, Whole Woman’s Health and the TEA Fund. And it was SO MUCH FUN! You can still watch some highlights here:
On Sunday, November 10th in Houston, TX, the Lilith Fund presents its second Community Continuing Education workshop. These workshops are designed to deepen Lilith Fund volunteers’ and supporters’ knowledge, and to facilitate a conversation with the community about the complexities of reproductive justice. Lilith Fund volunteers and the general public are welcome.
You must register to attend. Registration will be capped at 20 participants. The workshop will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. at an accessible location in the Montrose area of Houston– we will email you the location address once you have registered.
This workshop will present the genesis and history of the term “reproductive justice” and will discuss factors which intersect to limit Texans’ access to abortion – including poverty, income/assets, race, ethnicity, language, legal status, immigration, rape, partner violence, reproductive coercion, sexuality, gender identity, disability, illness, age, education and specific legislation and regulation.
To register, please complete this form. Selected applicants will be sent the location closer to the date of the workshop.
On September 27, 2013:
“Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the Texas law that would drastically reduce access to safe and legal abortion for many women from taking effect.The law is unconstitutional, it interferes with the ability of women to make their own personal medical decisions, and it threatens women’s health and safety.”
– Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a Huffington Post blog post, 9/27/2013
Join us for the 10th Annual Lilith Fund Reproductive Equity Awards
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6-9pm
Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane
This year’s event will honor Reps. Dawnna Dukes, Jessica Farrar, and Mary González, organizer Brittany Yelverton of Planned Parenthood Greater Texas, social media star Jessica Luther, and reproductive rights journalist Andrea Grimes and other courageous Texans who stood for reproductive rights this legislative session.
Show you still stand with Texans, long after the fight is over at the Capitol – sponsor this year’s event!
$1,000 Feminist Filibuster 6 tickets, 2 t-shirts, 2 Lilith koozies and 2 Lilith stickers
$500 Unruly Mob 4 tickets, 1 t-shirt, 1 koozie, 1 sticker
$250 Top Testifier 3 tickets, 1 t-shirt, 1 sticker
$100 All-Night Activist 2 tickets, 2 stickers
Single tickets are $40; sliding scale prices available
Visit our Rally page to purchase your sponsorship online, or download our sponsorship form and mail it in to PO Box 684949, Austin TX 78768. Please send in your sponsorship today so we can include your name in all event materials!*
*Anonymous sponsorships are also available.
It seems like every year we see more and more attacks on Texans’ reproductive rights and our ability to plan our own families. The laws passed this year will go down as some of the most restrictive and unjust in Texas history. Yet in this environment of reproductive inequity, the Lilith Fund continues to help more Texans in need of abortion access. Last year, we gave away more than $87,000 to 1,214 hotline callers.
Your sponsorship helps us honor our fearless legislators and advocates, but it also helps the Lilith Fund continue to enable Texans to make the choice that is right for them.
The Lilith Fund, a Texas-based abortion fund, is looking for energetic leaders with a commitment to abortion access to join our Board of Directors. Lilith provides direct financial assistance to low-income Texans seeking abortion services and our board members actively oversee and participate in the work of the organization.
We have a wide and diverse client base and we hope to achieve that kind of diversity in our board. Serving on the Board of Directors is a great opportunity for young leaders to gain valuable experience and we encourage young people to apply. As an organization committed to reproductive justice, we have a responsibility to create a pipeline of leadership and development opportunities for young people, low-income people, people of color, LGBTQIA people and others who are repeatedly and systematically affected by reproductive inequities. People of color and LGBTQIA people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Although our office is based in Austin, we are particularly interested in recruiting board members from the Houston/Gulf Coast area, San Antonio, south Texas, and El Paso. We’re especially interested in applicants with non-profit fundraising, communications, and financial experience. The Lilith Fund has recently added a part-time staff member, but board members will have the responsibilities and duties of a working board. Board members should expect to spend at least 5 hours per week working for the organization. Our board meets monthly, either in person, via conference call, or via chat. We do offer partially subsidized travel costs to board members traveling to board meeting.
There is an application and interview process for interested applicants. Please submit a completed board application and a resume to email@example.com by September 30, 2013.
The Lilith Fund is very pleased to announce a new workshop in Austin in August 2013.
On Saturday, August 24th in Austin, TX, the Lilith Fund presents its first Community Continuing Education workshop. These workshops are designed to deepen Lilith Fund volunteers’ knowledge, and to facilitate a conversation with the community about the complexities of reproductive justice. Lilith Fund volunteers and the general public are welcome.
You must register to attend. Registration will be capped at 30 participants. The workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. at an accessible location in Austin – we will email you the location once you have registered.
Our first workshop, titled “Reproductive Justice and Intersectionality” will present the genesis and history of the term “reproductive justice” and will discuss factors which intersect to limit Texans’ access to abortion – including poverty, income/assets, race, ethnicity, language, legal status, immigration, rape, partner violence, reproductive coercion, sexuality, gender identity, disability, illness, age, education and specific legislation and regulation.
To register, please use the form below.
Lilith Fund board member Suzanne testified at the July 8, 2013 hearing in the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Senate Bill 1 – that’s the name the Senate version of the anti-abortion omnibus bill has taken on during the second special session. Read Suzanne’s take on the bill below:
I am here to represent myself and as a volunteer with the Lilith Fund. I am speaking in opposition to Senate Bill 1. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.
Lilith Fund is a local abortion access fund that helps women afford abortion. We believe the right to abortion is meaningless without access.
Last week I volunteered for a shift on our hotline. On one day alone we received 27 phone calls from Texans that wanted and needed abortions but could not afford access. The callers ranged in their reasons – some experienced rape, domestic violence, and incest. One discussed the death of her partner and that continuing with the pregnancy was too much. One was from a young girl 14 years old, facing a major life decision. All the callers were thinking of what’s best for themselves and their family.
I couldn’t help all of those callers, which is difficult, but I am terrified of the outcome of SB 1 and what I will tell callers when there is no abortion access in Texas.
Research from the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute show similar abortion rates in countries where abortion is legal and illegal. Abortion restrictions do not reduce the abortion rate. Instead, where “abortion is permitted on broad legal grounds, it is generally safe, and where it is highly restricted, it is typically unsafe.”
So when we’re talking about SB1 we’re talking about a vote in favor of restrictions that will shut down abortion access in Texas and lead to unsafe abortions and death, of actual people. If SB 1 passes we will see an increase in back-alley abortions, self-abortions, and deaths among women seeking abortion.
As a volunteer with Lilith Fund I speak with people needing help accessing abortion. I hear stories, I talk, I listen. And I’ve heard a lot of folks in this building talk about abortion without talking or listening to those stories; in fact, y’all shut down testimony without hearing from thousands.
Women who have an abortion do not do so lightly. I listen to good people facing an unwanted pregnancy and making hard decisions that are best for themselves.
The 27 people I talked to last week, I believe in their hopes and dreams and that they know what’s best for themselves. Don’t legislate private decisions; leave those to individuals, families, and doctors. They know what’s best, you do not.
With this in mind, I urge you to stop the advancement of Senate Bill 1 immediately.
Source: Guttmacher Institute, “Facts on Induced Abortion Worldwide” January 2012. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_IAW.html.
This was an important night for reproductive rights in Texas. We appreciate everyone who joined us in orange at the Capitol, posted on social media or followed along.
Thank you, too, to our donors. Since the start of Senator Wendy Davis’s history-making filibuster at 11:18 a.m. yesterday, your generosity has stunned us. Contributions poured in from 98 donors from around the world – nine of you signed up as new sustaining monthly donors.
We are so glad you value the Lilith Fund’s work to remove barriers to reproductive access. Thank you for partnering with us and standing with Texas women and anyone who needs a safe, legal abortion in our state.