as you probably know, virginia is going through some of the most strict abortion regulations in the country with the recently-passed TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) laws causing about 17 of our 21 clinics across the state to close unless they meet these ridiculous limitations (like closet and hallway size). abortion is a mainly out-patient procedure and does not require a hospital-sized facility like these regulations state. because clinics are mostly privately-funded and have strict budgets, it will be near impossible for these places to stay open.
the richmond reproductive freedom project is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization dedicated to helping people with unwanted pregnancies by funding a portion of the abortion procedure to those who call. unfortunately, they only are limited to about $750/month and have to turn people away after they’ve reached that limit. with the results of last year’s bowl-a-thon, they were able to boost their budget in 2012 to $2000/month.
this year, we hope to raise $50000 in order to fund abortions to those who need it. we want to demonstrate that, regardless of clinics closing, access to safe, legal abortion will not die in virginia!
so jmu has joined the richmond reproductive freedom project’s annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser! my team, the pawnee goddesses, has pledged to raise about $500 by tuesday, april 23rd. while we will be doing offline fundraising (like sober rides, i’m thinking of selling custom scarves here on tumblr, etc), one way you can donate is through our team page!
i never ask for money here on tumblr, but with your donation, you’re helping someone get a necessary procedure to protect their life. none of this is going to my pocket whatsoever. even if you only have $15 to spare, every little bit helps.
signal boost around and help protect a person’s right to choose!