The Abortion Conversation Project announced six successful grants totally $5,750 in its first round of mini-grants in keeping with its mission “to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion.”
- Grantees include an innovative project called Plants for Patients submitted by Meg Roberts, an artist and potter, who started by creating hand thrown pots with houseplants and offering them to abortion patients. The exchange was transformative for all and Roberts wishes to extend it to other sites.
- Unite Women received funds to create videos that encourage women to claim their goodness. UniteWomen.org is a new organization that has been extraordinarily successful at social media organizing.
- The Arizona branch of the Abortion Access Project will be using their funds to reach out to faith communities and facilitate conversations with activists.
- The Concord Feminist Health Center will stage a community production of The Abortion Monologues with a panel discussion after the performance.
- The Georgia Reproductive Justice Action Network (GRJAN) received funds to for a Transformative Connections Outreach and volunteer training for their advocacy and funding project for women seeking abortions in NE Georgia.
- Inspire is a new online support group for women who have had an abortion and need a place to discuss their experiences. They will use the ACP funds to make clinics and other organizations aware of the resource.