Fighting For Feminine Health

National  Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon

Lisa Sanchez

‚Äč Since 2010, half of the abortion clinics in the state have been shut down due to targeted restrictions and political backlash. On February 21, Governor Kasich signed HB 294 into law, which cut funding to Planned Parenthood as well as any establishment that has dealings with Planned Parenthood or abortion service providers.
    These predatory laws have created an hostile environment for women in the state. Women seeking abortions are facing the largest number of restrictions and cutbacks since abortion became legal in 1973. Now, women in Ohio and across the country are banding together to help create resources for women.
    The National Network of Abortions Funds Bowl-a-thon is a fun way to raise money for women in need and counteract the negative effects of restrictive abortion laws. An abortion fund is simply an alliance of people who gather money to help support women in need. That may include paying for the procedure itself, paying for an overnight stay at a nearby hotel (considering 91% of Ohio counties don't have an abortion clinic, women seeking the procedure are forced to travel 20 miles or more), as well as contraception and emergency contraception.
    Ohio is lucky enough to have two National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thons happening in April. Cleveland's Preterm Access Fund bowling event will be held on April 21 and Columbus's Women Have Options bowling fundraiser will be held April 16. If interested, participants can register for an event in your area, donate, or spread the word.
    As for me, I will be donating my time, money, and hopefully many strikes to the fundraiser. For the sake of women's safety in the state I implore everyone to support this event, but if you would like to donate to a specific team, the 7-10 clits are pretty stellar. I won't say they are the best team, but I will definitely say they are the team that I am on, so I may be a little biased. 
    In all seriousness, abortion access for women in Ohio is one of the most critical issues the state faces. Abortion clinics have been steadily declining for years. We currently have the fewest number of facilities since Roe v. Wade. Coupled with Planned Parenthood's defunding, Ohio is now actively working against women's health. If you know this isn't right and believe in women's choices, I implore you to support the National Network of Abortion Funds Bowl-a-thon. Donate. Participate. Make a difference.