>Do I wish that abortion was not ever necessary? Yes, but the world is fucked up and complicated, and sometimes shit happens. If you are as outraged as disgusted by the total abortion ban hatched in South Dakota (and on the way in several other women-hating states) as any person who can think for herself should be, you probably have been wondering what you can do to help. If you have any spare change - even as little as five bucks - you can help make a big difference for women desperate to control their own lives and destinies.

On April 3, the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), an association of grassroots groups that raises funding for low-income women seeking abortions, announced the launch of the National Reproductive Justice Fund to help low-income women affected by the South Dakota and other state abortion bans. “We will not allow politicians in South Dakota to deny women the right to make decisions about their lives and their futures,” said NNAF Executive Director Stephanie Poggi. “Our new national fund will ensure that women have the resources and help they need to obtain abortions – no matter what the South Dakota legislature does.” In addition, NNAF supports efforts to overturn the ban including the ballot initiative and the election of pro-choice candidates to the state legislature.

The National Reproductive Justice Fund will also assist women facing other extreme obstacles, including women in the eight other states that have similar abortion ban legislation pending – Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Poggi noted that “as with South Dakota, in these states low-income women will be most affected.” People seeking to donate to the National Reproductive Justice Fund can do so online at www.nnaf.org
or by calling NNAF at (617)524-6040.