I joined the NYAAF Board of Directors in 2015, and I can sincerely say it’s been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. As a public health practitioner, I’ve been conducting sexual and reproductive health research for nearly a decade. At this critical juncture for reproductive justice, it’s meant so much to be deeply involved in an organization that directly helps individuals get the abortion care they need. This year, NYAAF pledged over $140,000 on behalf of over 400 clients, making 2016 our most impactful year to date.
This past year, we as a Board also recommitted ourselves to being part of a larger movement toward social justice, recognizing that protecting access to safe abortion is a critical component of advancing social, racial, economic, and gender equity. We created and strengthened ties within our large network of allies, whether it was to champion fair wages, advocate for the safety of immigrant mothers and children, or to harness the collective power of abortion funding. I feel uncertain about what this next year will hold for our country, but I do feel certain of this: we will continue to give strength to each other as we fight for the health, safety, and dignity of all.
One of my proudest moments this year was representing NYAAF on a panel organized by Physicians for Reproductive Health, alongside esteemed reproductive justice advocates Dr. Willie Parker, attorney Jeryl Hayes, and Dr. Anne Davis (all pictured below). Our discussion reminded me that in our current sociopolitical climate, when so many individuals struggle to pay for the care they need, funds like NYAAF are essential to keeping abortion safe and accessible. This is why we need your support more than ever.
I hope you’ll consider joining me to ensure that NYAAF can meet the ever-growing need for our help. Will you support us as we strive to meet our$60,000 end-of-year fundraising goal? Every tax-deductible donation supports our ability to keep abortion safe and accessible for those living in or traveling to New York.
On behalf of my fellow Board Members, our incredible cadre of volunteers, and our clients, thank you so much for your continued support.