Friday, January 14, 2005

Protest the Inauguration by Supporting the National Network of Abortion Funds

Here is a great idea from Katha Pollitt and Jennifer Baumgardner. Put it on your Counter-Inaugural to-do list:
Are you wondering how to protest Inauguration Day (January 20)? Here's a way to make a powerful political point and also help women in need: "honor" George Bush, the most anti-choice President since Roe v Wade, by making a donation to the National Network of Abortion Funds. You know how pro-choice groups sometimes counter anti-choice demonstrations by asking people to Pledge a Picketer (give a small sum per demonstrator)? Think of this as Pledge a President!

NNAF, an umbrella for 102 local abortion funds around the country, helps poor girls and women with unwanted pregnancies pay for their abortions. Last year the member funds of NNAF donated $2 million to help nearly 20,000 poor women across the country -- but the need is so much greater. By making a contribution to this important work you not only help women, you send a message to anti-choice Republicans -- and their Democratic friends -- that safe, legal and AFFORDABLE abortion matters to you and that you are not willing to have women's wombs turned into a political football to placate religious extremists.

To donate by credit card, go to and click the "Donate Now" button. Checks made out to NNAF can be mailed to NNAF, c/o Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst MA 01002-3359. So that we can keep track of special Inaugural donations, please be sure to write "abortions--Inaugural protest" in the designation box or memo line. Bonus for on-line donors: If you dedicate your contribution to George W. Bush, you can send an e-card from the donation page (address it and let the White House know that you celebrated the inauguration by supporting access to safe abortion.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could raise enough money so that no woman in our rich country had to continue a crisis pregnancy for lack of a few hundred dollars? Small donations quickly add up, so whatever you would like to give, NNAF will be thrilled and grateful to receive it.

Please forward this e-mail to your friends and post it in your lists!

Katha Pollitt and Jennifer Baumgardner

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