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Striking down barriers to abortion at the bowl-a-thon!

We are less than a month away from this year's National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon in support of BADP's partner organization ACCESS. This year BADP volunteers are represented on three different teams: Vagilante Justice, Team Cuterus!, and madame ovary. ACCESS is trying to raise $50,000 through this event, and currently a little over $11,000 has been raised. If you can help with a donation, the links to donate to our teams' fundraising efforts are above.

Click here for more information about the Bay Area Bowl-a-thon, which is April 26 from 6pm-8pm.

Hope to see you there!

Last year's BADP bowling team, the Double Strike Doulas!


Hope Moving Us Forward: 41 Years of Roe

In the struggle for reproductive rights, health, and justice, we have been making our way through the desert. We have united, divided, converged. And now we emerge with the wisdom of 41 years since Roe v. Wade. What are our real, full, and true stories in our struggles for justice? What are the ways forward?

From the work of the abortion provider to the child-care worker, from reproductive rights lawyers to reproductive justice activists, we will celebrate our hope, our creativity, and our passion for making justice, compassion, and dignity a fully-lived experience for all.

Molded from the clay of progressive and justice-seeking faith traditions, particularly Unitarian-Universalism, this service is a space for those who
identify as spiritual and progressive-religious, as well as folks who identify as agnostic, atheist, and non-religious. 

Children welcome!

6:00-6:30 Light dinner 
6:30-8:00 Service to honor Reproductive Justice and the legacy of Roe v. Wade 
8:00-9:00 Dessert reception and celebration for the ACCESS/BADP partnership 

Featuring the Testimonies of: 

Debbie Bamberger, Nurse Practitioner and the first clinician to be trained to provide aspiration abortions through the UCSF study on which AB154 was grounded 

Shanelle Matthews, Co-founder of Black Women Birthing Justice 

Laura M. Perez, CPM, LM with Espiritu Midwifery and Sacred Birth Place

Zakiya Luna, PhD, Reproductive Justice Scholar

J. Parker Dockray, Executive Director of Backline

Steph Herold, Deputy Director of the Sea Change Program

RSVP here on Facebook! or here:

We hope to see you there!


Notes From The Salon: Full Spectrum Advocacy

Last Tuesday, May 28 the Bay Area Doula Project held our monthly Salon Series event, "Full Spectrum Advocacy: A review of current bills in the California Legislature that affect your body & your community." This event featured four panelists discussing some of the reproductive health and justice related bills currently in the California legislature, and how we can make an impact on the passage of these bills. 

Lupe Rodríguez, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte started off the evening with the following definition of reproductive justice from EMERJ (Expanding the Movement for Empowerment and Reproductive Justice): "Reproductive justice exists when all people have the social, political, and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies, and sexuality for ourselves, our families, and our communities."

Three reproductive justice focused bills were discussed by our panelists: AB 1308, AB 271, and AB 154. 

Treesa McLean, a Licensed Midwife (LM) who has been serving Bay Area families for 30 years, spoke on AB 1308, a bill that will clarify midwifery educational paths in California, make Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) able to precept student midwives in the LM track, and allow LMs to order medications and devices they use within their scope of practice. Treesa spoke on how reproductive justice is allowing people to give birth the way they want, for example, vaginal births after a Caesarean section.

For more information on AB 1308 and to take action, visit the website of California Families for Access to Midwives, a "statewide, nonprofit coalition committed to ensuring that all California families have access to safe, affordable midwifery care."

Sierra Harris, Assistant Director of ACCESS Women's Health Justice spoke about AB 271, which will repeal the Maximum Family Grant rule. As explained on the ACCESS website, "Under current California law, infants born into families receiving CalWORKS assistance are denied cash aid- this is known as the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) rule. This law endangers the health and wellbeing of infants born into poverty, while purposely limiting the reproductive choices and violating the privacy of low-income women. AB 271 would repeal the MFG rule to provide for the basic needs of newborn children while allowing women to make family planning decisions."

Click here to learn more about AB 271 and sign up for a listserv of updates. 

Also check out this article by Elena R. Gutierrez, PH.D, "Bringing Families Out of 'Cap'tivity: the Need to Repeal the CalWORKS Maximum Family Grant Rule.

The third bill discussed at Tuesday's event was AB 154, which will reduce barriers to reproductive health care by allowing trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants to perform early aspiration abortions. Ashley Morris of the ACLU of Northern California told us more about this bill. Currently, over 50% of California counties lack an abortion provider (check out this map showing where providers are located in CA). By increasing the number of available abortion providers and allowing mid-level practitioners already working in these communities to perform abortions, AB 154 will help increase abortion access in these areas and others around the state.

In exciting news, on Tuesday this bill was passed in the Assembly, 48-24, and is now headed to the Senate! Read more about the bill and its passage in the Assembly in this article.

For more information and to take action, sign up here on the ACLU's website.

This informative and inspiring event came to a close with this interesting graphic from Lupe Rodríguez about how a bill becomes a law. 

Thank you so much to all our panelists for sharing your knowledge about these important bills and explaining how to get involved in shaping reproductive health and justice policy. Be sure to visit the links above for more information on all of these bills and to learn more about taking action!


Bowlin' to Knock Down Abortion Barriers!

Our April Salon Series event was full of beer, bowlin', and raising bucks! The Double Strike Doulas kicked some serious butt to raise funds to help low-income folks who contact our dear friends at ACCESS Women's Health Justice during the National Network of Abortion Funds' Bowl-a-Thon 2013!

Between the two bowl-a-thons, in Oakland & Los Angeles, ACCESS raised over $31k! And at the Oakland event there were 63 strikes. The National Bowl-a-thon has already raised over $500k.

The Double Strike Doulas ready to kick some Hyde Amendment ass!Lots of folks have inquired about the awesome "Uterus MINE" tee shirts that our doulas were pictured wearing at Access Women's Health Justice's bowl-a-thon. Well, don't worry your heads folks, you can get them through the amazing Heather at 4000 Years for Choice! Support a great community activist by getting your handmade shirt today!


Bowlin' to Knock Down Abortion Barriers!

We are truly excited to announce that April's Salon Series will be a blast - full of beer, bowlin', raising bucks! Join us on Saturday, April 20th, at Albany Bowl for a fun filled night of bowling and raising funds to help pay for abortions for those who need them. Our team, the Double Strike Doulas, will be kicking some serious butt to raise funds to help low-income folks who contact our dear friends at ACCESS Women's Health Justice during the National Network of Abortion Funds' Bowl-a-Thon 2013

Come Cheer on the Double Strike Doulas!

When: Saturday, April 20th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Albany Bowl
540 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, 94706
Why: Because building community and raising funds for a great cause is fun!
Think you can take on our team by raising more funds and knocking down more pins? Challenge accepted! Grab 4-6 friends and create a team of your own

Can't come out and play? That's okay, we'll catch you at the next Salon Series. But feel free to make a donation to support those in need. :)

But wait, why are you raising funds to pay for abortions? Can't people pay for them on their own?
Unfortunately, due to the Hyde Amendment, no federal funds can be used to pay for abortions, and with fewer and fewer insurance carriers paying for them (and many don't have insurance), lots of folks who want abortions have to pay out of pocket or simply can't afford them. Not to mention the amount of money it costs to travel to a clinic these days! Take a look at the infographic from the Guttmacher Institute and another from the Third Wave Foundation to learn what it really costs to have an abortion.
How do women pay for abortions? Mostly out of pocket.
What it really takes to get an abortion