What It Really Takes

#whatitreallytakes: Reproductive Justice In Action

June 16, 2011

Yesterday we asked the Third Wave community: tell us #whatitreallytakes to get an abortion. Your responses are inspiring, overwhelming and powerful.

  • We hope you'll read, share, and add your own story, using the hashtag #whatitreallytakes.
  • You can also post our report and infographic on abortion access to your blog, or Facebook Wall, or send it to someone who needs it.
  • You can support a network of young feminist activists who are working across the United States to remove these barriers to access and ensure our reproductive freedom for generations to come by making a gift to Third Wave.

Posted in: Actions, Community, Reproductive Justice, What It Really Takes

What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion: New Report from Third Wave’s Emergency Abortion Fund

June 13, 2011

(link to full size infographic) Today Third Wave released our report on abortion access and economic justice in the United States, along with an infographic detailing what it really takes to get an abortion. Jos Truitt at Feministing writes:

The data paints a picture similar to what I learned working on a different abortion fund and what I hear from folks who work on funds. This is intersectionality not as theory but lived reality, a snapshot of how multiple systems of oppression work together to keep people from accessing the health care they need. And it shows what many of us in the movement for abortion access keep saying: legal abortion means very little to many people when extreme barriers to access stand in their way.
This report draws on data from our Emergency Abortion Fund (EAF). Since 1998, Third Wave has sought to prevent economic injustice from determining the reproductive outcomes of young people, particularly for young people of color and low-income young people. Third Wave Foundation believes that reproductive rights, including one’s right to choose to give birth or not, often comes down to a question of access, particularly for groups that are marginalized, underserved, and under-resourced. You can download our report as a PDF, and download and share a high-res version of our infographic.

Posted in: Reproductive Justice, What It Really Takes

What It Really Takes: Your Stories of Abortion Access

June 14, 2011

I had to think about ALL of these things on the list. I rode a bus, didn’t have insurance or that much cash, didn’t want my up right right wing roommate to find out, didn’t have a cell phone that worked outside of it being plugged in the wall. If I would have had to go my ex couldn’t really go with me as he worked and I barely started at the job I had. I had to look up that information on someone else’s computer being careful to delete the cookies…it was just easier that way and on top of that I was a rape victim like 5 months before all of that. My period was late 2 months…it was the stress of moving and knowing I was in a situation I regretted and having to stay in it.
We're heartened and inspired by the way our infographic, "What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion," has led to so many of you sharing your own perspectives on abortion access on your blogs, on Twitter, and Facebook. Your stories make it easy to see how we all have a stake in reproductive justice. Here's just a few: fffigures:
GOP, doesn’t it say something that no matter how difficult and expensive you make it, people are still getting abortions?
anti-choice lines up the hoops for you to jump through in the hopes that the clock will run out and you will become unable to have an abortion. Any one of these things could be considered reasonable by themselves, but all of them together will be difficult for many people. On top of this add the mandatory waiting periods, the enforced visit to a Crisis Pregnancy Center to be preached at, and whatever else they come up with next. It’s basically harassment, every bit as much as the protesters lined up outside every clinic.
This is abhorrent and ridiculous. When every single person is truly the owner of his/her/their own body, America, you give me a call.
Some folks also added more information worth sharing widely: kalemason:
add to this:
  • Counseling and/or receiving state mandated information (varies from state-to-state).
  • Somebody to take care of children (if the patient has them) because they are not allowed in many clinics.
  • A driver to take the patient home after any procedure with sedation and/or narcotics
For reference, an ultrasound at 19 weeks was $900+ for me. It was for a wanted pregnancy, and it was done in a hospital, but even simple medical procedures are expensive. So yeah, a sonogram can be a huge barrier if it’s state-required— those few hundred dollars can double (or more) the cost of an abortion.
Do you have a story about abortion access in your own life? We'd love to share it here.
  • On Twitter and Tumblr, you can tag it #whatitreallytakes.
  • Or, tag Third Wave Foundation in your post on Facebook.
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Posted in: Community, Movement Building, Reproductive Justice, What It Really Takes