Let’s BOWL!

Past NYAAF Bowl a Thon participants

Come bowl with us!

Hello New Yorkers! We wanted to remind that our annual Bowl-a-thon fundraiser is happening RIGHT NOW & there’s still time to register! 

Whether you want to bowl with us, support an existing team, or simply find out more about the Bowl-a-thoncheck out: bit.ly/NYAAFbowl14

Most importantly, the Bowl-a-thon is what allows NYAAF to do the work we do. Without a successful Bowl-a-thon, we’d have to scale back our services & refuse help to those who need it most.

This year, we’re aiming to break Bowl-a-thon records & raise an amazing$100,000! 

Will you help us achieve that goal?

To motivate you to join us, we’ve compiled a handy list of FAQ, which can be found below. We’ve shared this info with our already-registered bowlers, but we know it’s useful for everyone!

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SAVE THE DATE! NYAAF’s 2014 Bowl-a-thon is April 27th!

NYAAF bowl-a-thon logo

 Join us for NYAAF’s 5th Annual Bowl-a-thon!

Sunday, April 27, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Bowlmor Chelsea Piers (Pier 60)
23rd & West Side Highway, NY, NY

NYAAF Bowl A Thon 2013 Attendees

We promise a BIGGER, BETTER, & more AMAZING Bowl-a-thon this year!

At our 2013 Bowl-a-thon, we raised a grand total of $84,000. Thanks to over 250 pro-choice New Yorkers, we were the #1 abortion access Bowl-a-thon in the country!

We are reaching out to you now to ask for your help in making the 2014 Bowl-a-thon an even bigger success. This year’s Bowl-a-thon is on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers, Pier 60/23rd & West Side Hwy, New York, NY.

If you want to take the lead on starting an awesome team, just visit NYAAF’s Bowl-a-thon page (http://bit.ly/NYAAFbowl14) and click ‘Register’. Next, recruit a few friends and form your 8-person dream team!

Here’s what you can do to make NYAAF’s 2014 Bowl-a-thon a success:
  • Register your team on the NYAAF Bowl-a-thon page. Can’t attend? Then consider donating to support an existing team or individual.
  • RSVP to our Facebook events for the Bowl-a-thon AND for our Kickoff Party on Feb. 25th!
  • Tweet to let your friends know that you are excited for this year’s Bowl-a-thon by clicking here or using #NYAAFbowl14!
  • Spread the word! Share the link to NYAAF’s Bowl-a-thon page or share this post to friends, family, and colleagues.

Together, we’ll strike down barriers to abortion access!

Many thanks,
NYAAF Board of Directors

Register Now!

Your Last-Minute Gift Will Change Lives!

Will you join us in making 2014 NYAAF’s biggest year ever?

In 2013, we pledged $96,716 to help 364 people access the abortion services they desperately needed. As this year comes to a close, we’ve found ourselves overwhelmed by the generous support we’ve received from people like you.

We originally set an end-of-year fundraising goal of $25,000, but we’ve come to realize that together, we are capable of so much more.

To celebrate Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary in 2013, we have increased our fundraising goal to $40,000! And the good news is that we’re already well on our way there. You have helped us raise an amazing $32,145 so far!

As the 40th year since Roe v. Wade comes to a close, we consider how far the remaining $7,855 will go to help people access the abortion services they need.

Will you help make these next two days more impactful than we ever imagined?

As we honor 40 years of legalized abortion in the United States, consider making a gift that will hold up the rulings of Roe v. Wade by ensuring that abortion services are accessible to whoever requires them.

Thank you and cheers to 2014!

Facing Challenges


“Staffing the hotline this week reminds me that the importance of abortion access doesn’t go away around the holidays. No matter what’s happening, NYAAF is there to ensure people are able to access the abortion care they need.” - Alison Turkos, NYAAF Board of Directors

Since Sunday, NYAAF has pledged $4,556 to help people who have abortion appointments this week. We are currently facing one of the most demanding weeks we’ve had all year.

But as we come closer and closer to our fundraising goal, we at NYAAF find ourselves immensely grateful for the support we’ve received thus far. The more money we’re able to raise, the more people we can help afford the cost of their abortion. Please consider donating today.

Unsure of how much to donate? Some ideas:

  • $25 for the number of new cases we’ve worked on this week
  • $87 for the percentage of US counties with no abortion providers
  • $350 for NYAAF’s average individual pledge this week
  • $450 for the number of new anti-abortion restrictions passed in 2013
  • $1241 for the amount left until we reach our goal!

Everyone deserves the right to access abortion

Dear friends, allies and supporters,

2013 was an amazing year for the New York Abortion Access Fund and we are so thankful that you were part of it!

This year, we pledged $96,716 to help 364 people coming to New York from 15 states access the abortion services they desperately needed. To support the growing need for our services, we held outstanding fundraisers such as a screening of the award-winning documentary After Tiller, our second annual Celebrate Access Awards, and the most successful Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon to date.

Help us meet our goal today!

We’re over halfway to our 2013 End of Year Giving Campaign goal of $25,000! Our average pledge is $250 so meeting this goal will help many of our clients. Please consider donating today!

Despite our achievements in the past twelve months, 2013 proved to be another challenging year for abortion rights in the U.S. During the 2013 state legislative sessions, more than 450 abortion restrictions were introduced and nearly 70 enacted by lawmakers across the country– including some of the most extreme we’ve ever seen.

Abortion funding organizations like NYAAF were tasked with stepping in to help people impacted by increasingly restrictive laws and ever greater hurdles to access.

In fact, NYAAF served more people in 2013 than we ever have before – but it was a responsibility we took up proudly, due in large part to our many dedicated and unwavering supporters.

We have an enthusiastic set of board members and volunteers, but the ability to do this work depends on people like you. By supporting access to abortion, you are supporting those who are most in need of help.

This year, we ask that you continue to support NYAAF – and that you stand up for the belief that everyone, no matter their income, deserves to access the health care services they want and need.

With our most sincere thanks,

Maureen Stutzman and Alison Turkos
Board Chairs, NYAAF Board of Directors

7 Reasons to Give to NYAAF

A guest post by Chanel Dubofsky

1. In 2008, 39% of New York counties had no abortion provider. This means more people needing abortions must travel further to have the procedure done, and makes the work of NYAAF even more urgent and crucial.

2. New York State is a haven for people who need abortions. The state does not have any of the major types of abortion restrictions—such as waiting periods, mandated parental involvement or limitations on publicly funded abortions—often found in other states.

3. More donations = more abortions fundedThe amount of funds NYAAF has pledged as well as the number of grantees served continues to grow with each passing fiscal year.

4. The average cost of procedure NYAAF sponsored was $906, and the most common was $500. The average grant size was $303. Could you afford that out of pocket?

5. In NYAAF’s  first ever email “Emergency Appeal,” 41 people donated $1,719 towards care for Sophia, a New York state resident undergoing chemotherapy, whose pregnancy and fetal anomalies were discovered at an advanced stage after doctors told her she could not get pregnant. The abortion itself cost over $12,000 (before travel costs and accommodations). Despite Sophia’s personal contribution and significant assistance from the National Abortion Federation, there remained a $1,750 balance. This pledge size was ten times NYAAF’s average grant amount.

6. When you give to NYAAF, you’re supporting a truly collaborative funding process. Resources are coordinated among  grantees, clinics, and partner abortion funds. More than three-quarters of grantees contributed money toward their abortion. One grantee contributed $4,900, while another was able to contribute just $30. The average grantee contribution was $355 and the most common grantee contribution was $200.

7. Abortion is a common experience: At current rates, about one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45.

Why I Donate to NYAAF

A guest post by NYAAF volunteer Jill Haber.

How often does the average person think about abortion? I work in an abortion clinic, and for me, it is all day, everyday. I find it fascinating how many different perspectives from which the abortion discussion can be framed. Abortion intersects public life in areas as disparate as politics, public health, medicine, religion, economics, culture, and philosophy. These intersections are almost never mutually exclusive either. Regardless of how it’s framed, abortion ignites passion in activists on all sides of the issue.

It is difficult to view it in so many different lights when you are working with individuals. My job is to help people seeking abortion. Much like anyone else, I tend to get wrapped up in the politics of what I do, but while working with someone going through something so deeply personal, politics couldn’t be further from my mind. At that moment, what is important is that we do everything to make a potentially complicated situation easier for this person. That’s how NYAAF helps. They focus every dollar on the individuals: the people I work with. The people who make up the statistics that end up in a research paper or in a debate.

The reasons for abortion are endless—wanting to finish school, supporting a family you already have, homelessness, rape, or perhaps that it’s not the right time to bring a child into the world. The truth of the matter is that abortion is not part of anyone’s grand plan. What a politician feels about a person’s reason for abortion seems like the most inconsequential opinion in the world at the moment when I am sitting with a person seeking an abortion.

When you donate to NYAAF, you’re giving money in order to enable a person to have an abortion without needing to forgo their rent. Even in a state like New York known for abortion access, there is still a huge need for financial assistance. When you do not have insurance or not qualify for Medicaid, you’re expected to come up with a large sum of money, often hundreds or thousands of dollars, which is a hardship for many families. NYAAF helps people seeking abortion services in New York and traveling to New York. Since New York has fewer legal barriers than many other states, that adds up to helping a lot of folks from out of state—in fact, about 25% of the people they funded last year traveled to New York for an abortion. When you donate to NYAAF, you’re making a huge difference to someone. You’re helping them move forward in a situation where they otherwise would have been stuck.

I support NYAAF because its volunteers and donors make a difference for the individuals seeking abortion care. The story behind every abortion is as unique as the person asking NYAAF for help. It is the people who are behind the statistics that matter, and that is why I donate.

Texas Solidarity Forever!

Last night, in partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice America and thousands of supporters, we helped raise $50,000 to benefit the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, The Texas Equal Action Fund, The Whole Woman’s Health Stigma Relief Fund, and Fund Texas Women. Our Board Co-Chairs released the following statement:

The New York Abortion Access Fund is thrilled to support our colleagues in Texas as they fight to make sure that abortion is accessible to any person who needs it. We join our fellow organizations in working to improve the health and rights of all of the individuals we serve, particularly those who are most marginalized and affected by these restrictions based on their income level, race, immigration status, or gender identity. If we want to ensure Texans’ access to reproductive health services, it is absolutely necessary to support the crucial efforts of organizations like the Texas Equal Action Fund, Fund Texas Women, Lilith Fund, and Whole Woman’s Health. Together, we stand in support of Texas!

Miss out on the telethon? Don’t worry: It’s not too late to donate to help Texans access the abortion care they need.


Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose: Supporting Low-Income Texans

On Monday, November 18, join NARAL, NYAAF, and a TON of famous people to support abortion funds and practical support networks in in Texas! More details here.

Our board Co-Chair Alison Turkos wrote about the event on Feministing:

I’m proud to fund abortions in New York, to stand with the people and families of Texas, and to be an organizer of this event. When I heard that within a year an estimated 28,000 people will not be able to access abortion care in Texas because of HB2, I wanted to do something and I’m sure you do too. So let’s do our part and let’s do it together! Let’s raise hell and money to ensure Texans abortions are safe, legal, accessible and FUNDED!

NYAAF in the LA Times and Albany Times Union!

It’s been an exciting few weeks at NYAAF! Our Board Co-Chair Alison Turkos was quoted in this great piece about abortion funds in the LA Times.

Two weeks ago, a New York State Senator said,  “Never once in 15 years has someone called my office who needed an abortion and couldn’t get one. Abortion access is not an issue in New York state.” We couldn’t disagree more. So we wrote to the Albany Times Union to give them correct information about abortion access in New York. An excerpt of our Letter to the Editor is below:

According to the Guttmacher Institute, three are 5.6 million New York women of reproductive age below 100 percent of the poverty line. It’s not that New Yorkers don’t have trouble accessing abortion care; it’s that they don’t call their state senator and ask for help.

Read the whole thing here.