Meet our Grant Partners
Since 2012, the Abortion Conversation Projects has conducted grant cycles each year to fund over 60 individual and small organizations around the United States and internationally who are using creative approaches to address abortion stigma in their communities.
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The Louisiana Abortion Stories Project is archiving the stories of women who have had an abortion, collected by the Louisiana Abortion Fund. Powerful storytelling is an important strategy in addressing stigma and the group will access a local radio show to share stories.
The Sister Network in Sweden is focusing its efforts on Polish doctors and providers whose prejudices against abortion, even for fetal anomalies, cause women to seek services in other countries and sometimes less effective methods available on the internet. “Fighting Reproductive Stigma among Polish Healthcare Providers” will expose the medical community in Poland, where abortion is legal but inaccessible, to a more supportive, non-judgmental patient centered model.
“Outfitting Our Troops: Reproaction Visibility at Actions” has a simple approach: brightly colored t-shirts to brand Reproaction at its innovative demonstrations.
Lena Hann has spent years exploring how and whether clinics show fetal tissue to their patients. “ACP has taken an interest in this topic, and Lena has advanced people’s comfort levels with the conversations about fetal tissue. ACP is funding the printing and distribution of Hann’s “Fetal Tissue Viewing Guide” for clinic staff.
The Birth Justice Doula Training is a 3 day training to be facilitated by the Southern Birth Justice Network and Spiral Harbor Doula & Lactation. This training is focused on holistic birth and abortion care that is accessible and central to all, especially Black, Brown, immigrant, indigenous, queer, transgender, low-income and other marginalized communities. At the end of the three days, new doulas will be skilled in supporting people through the process of having a baby or an abortion. Trainees will also learn how to become organizers on a local campaign to expand Medicaid to cover doula support in Florida. “South Florida is considered pretty progressive when it comes to politics and culture. However, the conversation surrounding abortion is still a taboo. This Birth Justice Doula training is seeking to change that” says Tifanny Burks, reproductive justice community organizer and founder of Aya's Village.
Novelly in a Box is a new national initiative sparking the next generation of global citizens through Young Adult (YA) fiction. Two young women of color who are public health professionals are starting a virtual book club on Instagram and building a community of high school chapters for young adults to discuss stigmatized reproductive experiences. Each semester, Novelly will have a theme related to the UN Sustainable Development goals, also known as Global Goals, of (1) gender equality and (2) good health and well-being for all. Each semester features a YA novel touching on a theme, and Novelly is kicking off their inaugural semester by fostering nationwide conversations about abortion. Each semester will include reading, reflection, discussion, and at least four dialogue events. “The novel (format) humanizes abortion and builds empathy,” Novelly notes, “while the dialogue guide builds critical thinking.”
My Decision Project harnesses the power of stories through photographs and first-person narratives and intends to widen the public's understanding of abortion by humanizing those who have made the decision. Roslyn Banish has already interviewed and photographed a wide range of people who have had abortions. She will build a “traveling exhibit” of the photos and stories and hopes to reach communities in varied locations in the US. Banish has previously completed a similar project on HIV status.
Two of the grantees are continuations of previous Grant Partners’ work: COLOR is a group that reaches out to Latina populations in Colorado with normalizing images and messages about abortion. They will be travelling with a Photo Exhibit and a Theatre production “Relatively Normal” that they will be translating into Spanish. Jessica Lechtenberg will be assisting Lena Hann, PhD in testing a Best Practices Guide on Fetal Tissue Viewing. They have found that clinic staff are looking for guidance when patients ask to see fetal tissue. Last year ACP collaborated on staff education in discussing other aspects of fetal tissue policy.
Shout Your Abortion is national group dedicated to helping people affirm their abortion experience. They are creating a high end “coffee table book” with art and stories and ACP will help them distribute copies to independent abortion facilities. EMA (Emergency Medical Assistance), an abortion fund in Palm Beach, will also showcase women’s abortion stories to stimulate public discussion of the reality of abortion experiences and especially the barriers women face.
The Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice received a grant to assist their training of clergy in a tri-state area. Clergy have been effective allies and further training will help them serve abortion patients and their own congregations as well as speak publicly against abortion stigma.
These five new grants bring the total number of projects up to 55 ACP grants since the seed grants program started in 2012 and join recent projects such as In This Together Project (Michigan) which supports staff as well as providing activities for children who may have to accompany patients. “Not At Home”, an Irish Theatre company, continues to educate the public about women who have to leave their home country to access abortion care.
The Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice will bring together clergy from a tri-state area to be proactive in supporting women and in speaking out about abortion.
EMA, or Emergency Medical Assistance, an abortion fund in Palm Beach, has been awarded an ACP grant to stage an innovative and community-oriented theater production. The production will showcase local women's abortion stories, as collected by EMA during four decades of service, performed by local actresses. Learn more at www.emawpb.org.
Lena Hann and Jessica Lechtenberg will create a Fetal Tissue Viewing Guide for clinics to develop a protocol.
COLOR, a small Denver-based activist group, reaches out to Latinx populations in Colorado with normalizing images and messages about abortion. Their 2018 work, including both a traveling photo exhibit and theater production, will continue to engage Latinx audiences through creative explorations of abortion stories.
Shout Your Abortion (#ShoutYourAbortion) is a national group dedicated to helping people affirm their abortion experiences. SYA is in the process of creating a high end "coffee table book" with art and stories, which ACP will help to distribute to independent abortion care facilities throughout the country. This collaboration between ACP and SYA will get abortion stories into the hands of patients, family members, and friends who are in the process of abortion journeys.
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The Spiral Collective in Minnesota is a doula-based anti-stigma group that brings training to staff as a way of making space to explore how stigma affects their lives and how staff can help each other and the patients in their care.
In This Together Project (Michigan) supports staff as well as providing affirming packets for patients, support people and activities for children who may have to accompany patients. Read our newest Blog for one of their compelling stories.
The Centre for Solutions Journalism Project in Malawi will offer training for journalists to represent unbiased and more realistic depictions of the abortion experience in that country where abortion is still illegal.
THEATREclub in Dublin Ireland will present an installation called “Not At Home” at the Fringe Festival and live streamed to the internet. The artistic event draws upon the stories of women who have had to leave Ireland to find abortion services and will offer interactive theater to help people understand these experiences.
Abortion Access Hackathon will bring together providers and programmers and other tech people to collaborate on solutions to problems at a weekend conference in New York in the Fall.
The Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective is creating a hotline and website that will offer information, support, and direct contact with their volunteer abortion doulas who offer support to people going through a reproductive experience.
The Fort Worth, Texas Whole Woman’s Health Clinic is creating a mural that will serve as a bulwark against virulent anti abortion protests and a beacon for patients who seek abortion care. The Shift Stigma Mural Project replicates a previous ACP funded project in McAllen Texas.
Safer Sex is a Blessing is a traveling conversation for communities of faith in Honduras, where abortion is illegal. The Ecumenical Leaders for Choice (Las Ecumenicas Por El Derecho a Decidir) are sparking a conversation about abortion and human rights within the context of gender equality and reproductive and sexual health.
The End Abortion Stigma Initiative in South Africa will celebrate 20 years of legal abortion by inviting artists and performers to engage with audiences about the considerable institutional stigma around abortion that exists in that country.
Lena Hann, assistant professor of public health at Augustana College in Illinois, created a resource to help abortion care workers connect with patients to view and discuss fetal tissue post-abortion. The Best Practices Guide will give a deeper voice to clinic workers and support a huge step in stigma eradication.
The Clinic Vest Project based in Chicago distributes free, colorful clinic escort vests to abortion providers around the country. The vests "communicate a sense of peaceful authority to anti-choice protestors, and a sense of protection for our patients and their companions,” says board member Benita Ulisano.
The Doula Project in New York City created a zine called “DIY Doula: Self Care Before, During & After Your Abortion." It empowers doulas as well as individuals who are considering an abortion or who have had an abortion. diydoula.org
The ARTivism project of COLORLatina and the COLORado 1 in 3 Youth Council blends artistic expression with activism as it fosters dialogue and story collection to challenge abortion stigma. COLORado 1 in 3 Youth Council
The Western New York Reproductive Justice Film Series is a four-part film screening held at different venues and targeting different audiences. After each film, a forum is held and direct action is encouraged.
Passion for Women and Children in Malawi used ACP funds to produce this educational video to fight stigma and raise awareness of the tragic consequences of unsafe abortion, which cause more than 1,000 deaths per year in the small African country.
The Women's Centers, quality abortion providers, organized positive faith messaging during the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. The Women's Centers have long been respectful of the religious views of their patients and engaged with The Pope and faith leaders in Philadelphia to organize a positive response. www.philadelphiawomenscenter.com
Student activists at New York University are creating a 'zine on College Abortion Experiences with the support of an ACP Seed Grant. They have a Facebook page at Better Sex Talk.
Holding Our Space in the Boston area creates safe spaces where all pregnancy losses can be recognized. According to Jacqui, the organizer for the event, "We want to honor...experiences that our society doesn't typically honor: infertility, miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, and loss of an infant."
Whole Woman’s Health coordinated the painting of a huge mural on the exterior building wall of their clinic when it was forced to close by untenable legislative regulations, reassuring women abortion is legal in Texas. Clinic staff believe that the mural will be a “beacon that says, ‘We are open and you are not alone.'” www.wholewomanshealth.com
Red Balance in Mexico collected people's testimonies about their struggle for legalized abortion and our Grant Partner, Fondo Maria Abortion Fund for Social Justice and Red Balance recruited celebrities to amplify the message of those women who told their stories. Here is one of the videos with English subtitles. www.redbalance.org
Two colleagues from WIN.NYC Pro-Choice Network distributed blank postcards in print and online venues. They invited people to write, draw, picture their abortion story, and then showcased the postcards for viewing and conversation. abortionlookslike.tumblr.com
Megan Smith is the founder of the Repeal Hyde Art Project and uses participatory art to bring attention to the lack of Medicaid funding for abortions. Now she is training young women in leadership skills to carry the campaign to college audiences. www.repealhydeartproject.org
Lori Brown of Architexx is an architect who brings design to bear on social problems. In Private Choices, Public Spaces, she solicited design ideas far and wide about how to design a fence outside Jackson Women’s Health, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. The collaborative will consider the responses in an exhibit at Parson’s New School of Design in New York and finalize a design. www.architexx.org
Emily Letts, whose video “This is My Story” went viral after winning the Abortion Care Network’s Stigma Busting Video Competition, was awarded a grant to do further video production. Her video was created at Cherry Hill Women's Center in NJ, and she has since joined with notalone.us to bring first-person video accounts to the site. www.notalone.us
Social Workers for Reproductive Justice sponsored three webinars for social workers and social work students on reproductive health and pregnancy options. www.swrj.org
The Boston Doula Salon is using a monthly discussion series to educate local activists and individuals about a wide range of reproductive justice issues including challenging abortion stigma. www.bostondoulaproject.org
Blue Mountain Women’s Clinic in Missoula, MT created local original theater called Sex in the Zoo: Narratives to tell women’s abortion stories. www.bluemountainclinic.org
Cindy Cooper of Words of Choice brought together actors, clergy, historians, and activists on a Reproductive Justice Walking Tour in NYC. The tour ended at Judson Memorial Church where Rev. Howard Moody started the Clergy Consultation Service to help women find abortion services before abortion was legal. reprojusticewalking.tumblr.com
Our Bodies, Our Bikes: Women’s Health and Wellness On and Off the Bicycle has chosen an essay on abortion from a writer in Northern Ireland with the help of an honorarium funded by an ACP grant. www.takingthelane.com
Abortion Chat reached out to writers to include the complexity of abortion in their writing. Founder Lynne Schmidt attended a sex education conference and a writer’s conference to talk with authors about abortion. www.abortionchat.org
Project Voice founder Maya Pindyck wanted to push back against all the anti-abortion ads on the NYC subway, so she devised a post-it sticker campaign to bring some new messages to a public space. “Abortion is nothing to be ashamed of” is one; another reads, “Everyone knows someone who has had an abortion.” www.projectvoice.org
The Seattle Full Spectrum Doulas started Circle of Stories, an abortion support group with a writing and arts component. www.fullspectrumdoulas.org
Education for Choice in the UK offered information on abortion, pregnancy, and sexual health using social networks such as Tumblr. www.efc.org.uk
Emerge, a successful post abortion support group in Minneapolis, MN, has documented their curriculum and process so that others can replicate its results. www.prochoiceresources.org
Abortion, According to Me collected interviews for a podcast from rural Indian women about how abortion is viewed in their communities and the complex nature of their choices. Abortion is legal in India, but only 40% of the abortions are safe.
The Atlanta-based Feminist Women's Health Center’s Lifting Latina Voices Initiative used their grant to train Promotoras to discuss abortion in the Latina community. www.feminstcenter.org
Plants for Patients founder Meg Roberts is an artist and potter in Fargo, ND who creates hand thrown pots and fills them with houseplants to offer to abortion patients at Red River Women's Clinic. The exchange has been transformative for all. With ACP funding, Meg extended the program to clinics in Montana. www.plantsforpatients.org
UniteWomen.org, a national organization based in Michigan, received funds to create videos that encourage women to claim their goodness. They have made “Good Women” videos engaging grassroots members and addressing multiple levels of stigma. www.unitewomen.org
The Georgia Reproductive Justice Action Network -- renamed The Magnolia Fund -- received funds for a Transformative Connections Outreach and Volunteer Training for their advocacy and funding project for women seeking abortions in NE Georgia. www.fundabortionnow.org/funds/GRJAN
Inspire was a new online support group for women who have had an abortion and need a place to discuss their experiences. They used the ACP funds to make clinics and other organizations aware of the resource.