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GEORGIA ABORTION ACTIVISTS BOWL TO STRIKE OUT ABORTION RESTRICTIONS
Area Activists Lace Up Bowling Shoes and Prepare for National Event to Pay for Abortions
On April 9, abortion access advocates will head to their local bowling lanes to bowl over barriers to abortion access and fundraise to pay for abortions. The event will take place at Midtown Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.
Magnolia Fund, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, is a group of individuals who organize together to help those struggling to access abortions make ends meet and receive the reproductive health care they deserve. This year, Magnolia Fund will be hosting a community-wide Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon as part of a national series of fundraising events.
As part of a wave of pushback against a nationwide wave of anti-abortion legislation, Magnolia Fund is bowling as a response to the many TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws that have passed in Southeastern legislatures this year. Nearly 300 laws restricting abortion have been passed since 2010. In 2014 alone, lawmakers introduced 335 bills to restrict access to abortion, and 231 of those were passed-- affecting 26 different states. Recently in Georgia, a law was passed/bill was introduced that would provide a grant program to crisis pregnancy centers. These anti-abortion centers are misleading and are not equipped to handle effective care for pregnant people in Georgia.
Magnolia Fund is also conscious of the potential impact of Texas’ notorious omnibus TRAP law, known as HB2, which went into effect in 2013, closing nearly half of the clinics in Texas. The Supreme Court heard arguments on Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt in February of this year, and a ruling is expected in June. This is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled on abortion since 2007.
Community members captain Bowl-a-Thon teams and ensure that their team meets the fundraising goal for the event – fundraising that directly helps pay for abortion care in the community.
“Georgians are coming together to make abortion access a reality throughout the southeast in a fun, empowering and positive way.” says April Greene, founder and board member of Magnolia Fund.
Bowlers and their teams are encouraged to to be creative with costumes, fundraising, and team names in relation to what barriers to abortion they would most like to bowl over. “We’re challenging abortion stigma and having fun while we’re at it”, said April.
To sign up for the Bowl-a-Thon, visit bowlathon.nnaf.org.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jessica Seales at 205-482-4246 and firstname.lastname@example.org