Abortion Fund of Ohio wholeheartedly and unequivocally stands in solidarity with those experiencing settler colonial violence and ethnic cleansing in Occupied Palestine. As we all seek for a world of peace and liberation, we must never waver from standing with the oppressed. As an organization grounded in Reproductive Justice values, we believe all people have the right to bodily autonomy and self-determination free from occupation. We believe that all people have the right to have a family and parent their children with the dignity and resources to live safely and healthily.
Reproductive Justice cannot exist when you are denied basic human rights and essentials such as food, water, electricity and freedom of movement. Reproductive Justice cannot exist when you are being bombed and massacred in your homes, in your streets, in your schools. Reproductive Justice cannot exist when medical supplies are being withheld, hospitals are being targeted and paramedics and doctors slaughtered.
The world is witnessing the complete annihilation of Gaza and the Palestinian people, with the United States as a main accomplice and perpetrator. We have a moral obligation to unlearn biased rhetoric and learn beyond our bubble of western propaganda to understand the Palestinian struggle for liberation after being subject to apartheid and genocide on their own land after seven decades.
Supporting a free Palestine is not at odds with Judaism. To suggest that these are in conflict is wholly false. Learn to distinguish Judaism & Zionism.
We call on the United States to immediately stop funding billions of dollars and weaponry to the Israeli military.
We call on ALL media outlets, politicians, and journalists to immediately stop the circulation of dehumanizing and genocidal rhetoric of Palestinian people to justify horrendous acts of violence.
There is no peace under occupation.
Stop the genocide.
End the siege.
End the violence.
End the occupation.
Statement of Solidarity: Repro Workers Deserve Better—A Call-In to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
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Repro Workers Deserve Better—A Call-In to Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
Starting this week, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) commenced mass layoffs, removing between 10% and 20% of all staff. These come nearly a year to the day after Dobbs, and PPFA shamelessly justifies these layoffs as a necessary shift of resources back to state affiliates. From PPFA’s official workplace values, they:
We tend to the team:
1. We help each other grow
2. We consider how decisions will affect people
3. We invest in our teams and ourselves
Let’s examine how PPFA is purportedly "tending to their team" in light of their own workplace values:
- Though less than 50% of all PPFA workers are union eligible, more than half of initial layoffs were union members
- 18 of the 30 union workers laid off in the DC union were people of color
- Among those laid off, several were on parental or medical leave
- Of the staff laid off, many positions directly supporting affiliates were eliminated, while union-busting management positions were preserved.
- Team members who remain employed have been callously abandoned by their leadership, left in the dark about further layoffs, the future of their teams, & the role they play.
- Despite PPFA’s reasoning for restructuring, affiliates have had little-to-no power in this shift. Over the last decade, PPFA has sourced national office workers from affiliates, only to lay off many of these recruits to ‘support’ affiliates.
- PPFA staff are expected to continue business as usual: devoid of any guidance, support, or explanation.
As the largest—and most visible—repro organization and workers’ union in the country, PPFA’s actions will undoubtedly have lasting effects on both PFFA workers AND repro workers organizing across the country. We won’t watch in silence as our fellow workers’ needs are swept under the rug. PPFA’s reprehensible actions are unacceptable: We—as an abortion fund, as workers, & as members of the repro community at large—demand accountability to your unions, workers, affiliates, and the communities they serve. Abortion Fund of Ohio—and the undersigned—unequivocally stand with 500 SEIU PPFA, DC, and 1199 SEIU PPFA, NYC.
For all impacted workers, at PPFA & beyond:
Repro Jobs has opened applications for the Repro Worker Aid Fund: reprojobs.org/aid. Folks in repro who are un- or under-employed can apply for $500, $750, or $1,000 based on need.
Both of PPFA’s unions are organized through Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than 2 million united workers in healthcare & public fields. Workers are protected in forming a union at their workplace by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and cannot legally be subject to retaliation for collectivizing worker power. Nonetheless, union busting & retaliation for union demands are rampant across the non-profit sector, and all workers should take care when organizing. Find more information on starting a union at your workplace at the Department of Labor’s Worker Organizing Resource and Knowledge Center.
Signed in solidarity,
Abortion Fund of Ohio
Ohio Women’s Alliance
Utah Abortion Fund
Indigenous Women Rising
Mountain Area Abortion Doula Collective
Guttmacher Employees United
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project
NYC for Abortion Rights
Brandi Collins Calhoun
Valerie V. Hendrickson
Read the full release here
Today—alongside our friends at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) & represented by ACLU of OHio and Democracy Forward—we've defeated the City of Lebanon, Ohio’s, attempt to prohibit “aiding” and “abetting” people seeking to access legal abortion services.
What’s that mean, exactly? To put it simply, the City agreed not to criminalize “aiding & abetting” patients, volunteers and social workers, & anyone for simply possessing medication abortion in city limits. Here's a breakdown of the changes to the City's ordinance:
This case, National Association of Social Workers v. City of Lebanon, Ohio, was the first challenge to an abortion ban filed after the leak of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that would overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Though much has changed since the City passed the ordinance in May 2021, the impacts this ordinance threatened remain unchanged. All attacks on our reproductive rights are rooted in extremist attempts to control the fabric of everyday folks' lives. Whether an attack comes from the Supreme Court or Lebanon City Council, our communities deserve so much better. Unequivocally, our right to access & provide necessary healthcare should not be subject to the whims of political actors.
Although the ban remains on the City’s books, it’s little more than a symbol of anti-abortion extremism. “Lebanon's fruitless ordinance wasn't the first—nor will it be the last—attack on our bodily autonomy,” said Maggie Scotece, Interim Executive Director of the Abortion Fund of Ohio. “This litigation exposes local ordinance bans as dangerous acts of political theater, and our lawsuit demanded accountability for the logistical and legal nightmare Lebanon's City Council created. This win is so unique in the context of our post-Dobbs legal landscape, establishing a strong, united front against these heinous attacks. We're incredibly grateful for the dedicated work of our legal team, our co-plaintiffs, and our community for supporting us as we fight for abortion access for all Ohioans.”
As we push forward in a Post-Dobbs Ohio, we're proud to continue fighting for abortion access on all fronts.
Until next time,
Abortion Fund of Ohio
This #GivingTuesday, choose to fund abortion, community organizing, and other local mutual aid efforts.
Full transparency: Non-profits are part of—and inherently benefit from—the system that oppresses their clients. As a 501(c)3, AFO is inherently part of the non-profit industrial complex (NPIC). We take explicit responsibility for & measures to reduce harm as part of this system.
Like many abortion funds, we started as a mutual aid collective—a group of community members helping one another receive the healthcare they needed. As that project expanded, the org incorporated to gain some protection against the state’s oppression. Though many abortion funds are 501(c)3 organizations today, we operate out of deep community-driven, mutual aid lens.
Here are 5 ways we divest from philanthropy & charity models in favor of mutual aid:
1. 100% of grassroots fundraising funds community member’s financial and practical support needs: We cover the cost of staff salaries & other administrative costs through private foundation grants. This allows us to function more like unincorporated mutual aid orgs.
2. Contributions are made in solidarity: Over 90% of AFO’s donations are at or under $50. Our clients, funders, staff, and board pool our collective resources to meet each others’ needs. We reject reliance on wealthy saviors. We know that we keep us safe: not the rich & not the state.
3. Client eligibility isn’t determined by income, ‘merit’, immigration status, or other means of separating “deserving” & “undeserving” folks: AFO respects clients’ privacy & acknowledges their wholeness as humans. A person’s need isn’t tied to their perceived piety, ‘goodness’, or other subjective metric we impose. A charity model can’t account for the barriers—visible or invisible—that clients face, which often leads to substantial gaps in aid.
4. Build decision-making & power structures rooted in consensus rather than hierarchy: AFO’s Board uses a consensus model for decision-making, and AFO’s staff makes decisions in a round-table model reject white supremacist & capitalist models of superiority.
5. Focus on Cross-organizational & Cross-Movement Solidarity: Though AFO’s work is rooted in reproductive justice, there cannot be true reproductive justice without the work of racial justice, disability justice, environmental justice, trans & queer justice, etc. Though we believe in our work as an organization, we also believe the work of our comrades in repro & beyond.
Abortion funds are—at their core—centers for mutual aid & community care. We acknowledge that as a non-profit, we are unwilling perpetrators of the systems harming our communities. AND, we are using this structure to meet folks’ most critical needs, reducing the harm caused by this system.
If you give today, make it towards mutual aid. Ohio has several abortion funds:
- Abortion Fund of Ohio (statewide): Monthly, One-Time, Merch
- Preterm (Cleveland/NEO): Monthly & One-Time
- Aggie Fund (Toledo/NWO) Monthly & One-Time, Merch
Additional Mutual Aid & Harm-Reduction Efforts
- Northern Ohio
- Southern Ohio
- Central Ohio
- Franklin County Collective Aid (FB Group)
- Central Ohio Sex Worker Outreach (COSWO)
- FIRST Collective
- Black, Queer, & Intersectional Collective (BQIC)
- Heer to Serve
- Justice Unity & Social Transformation (JUST)
- Food Not Bombs (FNB) Columbus
- Food Not Bombs (FNB) Franklin County
- Mutual Aid Street Solidarity (MASS)
Today, Abortion Fund of Ohio is thrilled to introduce you to our new Co-President, Kimberley (she/her)!
To say this year has been taxing on Repro workers is a massive understatement. Frankly, the access crisis is an ever-compounding trauma; as storytellers, providers, & advocates, our team is grieving while we work to make abortion accessible in our communities. At the same time, we have also found the most compassionate moments of community care. Today, we’re delighted to share one of those moments with you.
Kim is joining Jordyn as Co-President on our Board of Directors to ensure our work stays sustainable. Jordyn has worked miracles since accepting this role, leading with the humility & fierceness Ohio desperately needed. As a storyteller, educator, our Board President, and Ohio Women’s Alliance Deputy Director, Jordyn has devoted her waking hours to Reproductive Justice.
“The Reproductive Justice movement is resilient—Regardless of what comes next, we’ll be ready,” Kim said, on accepting the position. “Jordyn brings so much to this role, and I hope my passion & energy can match her enthusiasm & heart. Whether with our clients, staff, or fellow Board Members, I want to ensure we have the resources our communities need to flourish.”Read more