Raising Money to Ensure Women Have Access to Abortions
WASHINGTON — Sarah Tuttle led her bowling team to a fourth-place finish in a nationwide tournament this April that raised $553,133 to help low-income women seeking abortions.
“Some people fundraise to fight breast cancer; I fundraise for abortion access,” said Tuttle, a hot line operator and board member for the Lilith Fund, a Texas nonprofit that helps women pay for abortions. “It’s about having access to abortion and that not being about economics.”
Representatives from such abortion rights organizations say new restrictions are disproportionately affecting women whose income is below the poverty line, about 42% of those who have abortions.
“Barriers are increasing, access is more difficult, and women are sometimes being forced to carry the pregnancy later than they would have,” said Karen Law, executive director of the Hersey Abortion Assistance Fund, which serves Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin. “They didn’t have the $500 at seven or eight weeks, and it just gets more expensive as they try to find financial resources.”