A cultural shift about abortion can happen when people in communities start conversations, and ACP’s sixth cycle of seed funding aims to empower communities. The Abortion Conversation Project (ACP) announced five successful grants totaling $5,000 in its Summer 2015 round of Seed Support Grants. “We are building a Stigma-Busting Community from the grassroots up,” states ACP President, Terry Sallas Merritt.
- Texas has been hit hard by regressive legislation that has drastically limited women’s access to abortion services, affecting Black and Latina populations disproportionally. The Afiya Center is receiving funds for Texas Black Women’s Organizing Launch to create a movement for more engagement.
- Pope Francis is visiting Philadelphia and The Women’s Centers are organizing positive Faith Messaging During the World Meeting of Families.
- Activists at NYU are creating a zine on College Abortion Experiences with the support of an ACP Seed Grant.
- Holding the Space in the Boston area will create a space where all pregnancy losses can be recognized.
- Emerge, a successful after abortion support group, previously a grantee to develop a curriculum for replication in other communities, now will be offered in two cities by Backline, a national pregnancy talkline.
“It is inspiring to see the innovative projects of people who want to speak up, reach out, and make new conversations that affirm dignity and respect for those making pregnancy decisions. It is an honor for us to support them with seed funding as well as a connection for resources and problem-solving,” noted Sallas Merritt.