It’s finally spring and that means it’s Bowl-A-Thon season! The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon is an annual nationwide series of local events that allow community members to captain their own bowling teams, participate in a kickass national event, and raise money to help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.
Every year, a few of Founder’s staff members join other pro-choice activists from Women Have Options (WHO/O), Ohio’s statewide abortion fund, to help make this local event a success. Established in 1992, WHO/O is an all-volunteer organization that helps low-income patients afford their reproductive choices. They are a founding member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which includes more than 100 abortion funds around the United States and overseas. WHO/O distributes funds to clinics throughout Ohio. These clinics, in turn, use the funds to provide financial assistance to patients in need.
WHO/O frequently contributes funds to some of FWHC’s most vulnerable patients. Some of the patients we serve are single parents struggling to support their children, many are students determined to complete their education, while others are facing debilitating conditions such as domestic violence, illness, substance abuse, rape, or incest. All deserve to make their own reproductive choices, without jeopardizing their health or future.
The cost of a first trimester abortion can be more than a low-income family lives on in a month. Patients forgo food, risk eviction, and pawn their possessions as they attempt to raise money for an abortion. On average, an individual receives about $100 from WHO/O grants. Every donation to WHO/O, no matter how small, has a tremendous impact.
We are bowling because we believe that everyone should have access to the abortions they need, regardless of how much money they have.
Because of unfair and unnecessary laws, safe and legal abortions can be out of reach of those who don’t have the money to pay for them. We don’t think that’s right, so we’re doing something about it.
You can help us reach our goal, and together, we can make an immediate difference with real impact. Join us!