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The ACCESS Healthline provides free, confidential and nonjudgemental information, referrals, peer counseling, and advocacy on a full range of reproductive health services.
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A message from the Board Chair
With Samara returning from maternity leave, I'm excited to announce a new model we have been finalizing for the past few months -- a Co-Executive Directorship lead by Samara Azam-Yu and Sierra Harris. As you may know, both have extensive histories at ACCESS with 8 years and 5 years of experience respectively, under their belts.
2015 ACCESS Bowl-A-Thon!
Sign up to bowl with us on Saturday, April 25, 2015:
It's like a marathon -- where you fundraise with a group for a cause you care about -- except this supports abortion access with pizza, beer, and costumes!
You'll even get a team and/or personal bowl-a-thon webpage with a fundraising thermometer to make it easier to get the support of your friends and family.
For info about sponsoring the event, captaining a team, or joining the host committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register to bowl by Feb. 11th for an invitation to the pre-Bowl-A-Thon Valentines happy hour in Oakland, on Thurs. Feb 12th. For the love of reproductive justice!!!
ACCESS Fall Film Series!
Screening of Call the Midwife October 10th @11am
Location: Private Residence in Oakland
We Always Resist: Trust Black Women October 23rd @7pm
Location: Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland
Vessel November 9th, 2014 @3pm
Location: Netivot Shalom 1316 University Ave, Berkeley
ACCESS is featured on MSNBC.com
MSNBC.com's Irin Carmon covers California's quiet reproductive rights revolution and the collaborative work that helped pass AB 154 to expand access to early abortion services in California: "The state is bucking a nationwide trend as a wave of new restrictions is forcing abortion providers across the country to shut their doors." The article interviews Executive Director Samara Azam-Yu and board member Nourbese Flint.
Doula support is now available through the ACCESS Healthline
Starting January 22, 2014, people can call the ACCESS Healthline to request a full-spectrum doula to provide support for medication abortion or to have a support person for an abortion procedure in a clinic. Doula's are fully trained and certified by the Bay Area Doula Project. Many ACCESS callers travel long distances alone with partners or family members staying behind to care for their children. We are very excited that the ACCESS/BADP partnership will give our callers the opportunity to have a support person with them.
Event - Hope moving us forward: 41 Years of Roe
January 29, 2014. Join ACCESS, the Bay Area Doula Project, and the California Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice for a service led by Rev. Darcy Baxter. 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 AB 154 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, and Steph Herold- Deputy Director of the Sea Change Program.
ACCESS on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
The ACCESS staff and interns joined the All Above All campaign in November 2013 in Washington, DC to bring the stories of our callers to Congress with a clear message -- repeal the Hyde amendment and restore Medicaid funding for abortion. The Hyde Amendment denies federal insurance coverage of abortion, making abortion unaffordable for women enrolled in Medicaid and other public healthcare. Without the ability to afford it, the right to abortion is meaningless. The ACCESS team met with 11 congressional offices.
ACCESS Board Chair Guadalupe Rodriguez on 94.1FM KPFA's Living Room
In light of today's news about the congressional vote on the Affordable Care Act, Board Chair Guadalupe Rodriguez joins Dr. Ellen Schaffer and KPFA's Kris Welch to talk about the landscape around reproductive health policies in California around the nation. Lupe talks about the Women's Health Protection Act that was introduced in congress on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 and other notable legislation. Click here to listen.
ACCESS on 97.1FM KALW's Your Call with Rose Aguilar
Executive Director Samara Azam-Yu talks about the need for later abortion access and the role that barriers to abortion care play in delaying timely access to care in light of the documentary film After Tiller. Your Call's host Rose Aguilar also talks with the filmmaker of After Tiller, Lana Wilson, and Julie Burkhart, the founder and executive director of the South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas (which opened in April of this year in the same building Dr. George Tiller’s clinic had been in when he was shot in 2009). Click here to listen.
AB 154 becomes law - ACCESS in the Washington Post
Executive Director Samara Azam-Yu is quoted in the Washington Post article, "California expands early abortion access, defying national trend." She conveys her excitement about the landmark victory with Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 154 into law (enabling nurse practioners, advance practice clinicians, and physicians assistants to perform early abortion procedures). With 473 bills nation-wide to restrict access to abortion care and 68 enacted, AB 154 represents a major victory in expanding abortion access.
Celebrating 20 years of ACCESS and over 22,500 callers!
On September 29th, ACCESS Women's Health Justice celebrated at the 20th Anniversary and Justice Awards event in Downtown Oakland. The 2013 Justice Award Recipients are: Renee Bracey Sherman for Practical support and overnight housing; Alissa Perrucci and the Women's Options Center for Excellence in Counseling for Abortion Care; Elena Guteirrez and the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law for Excellence in Research; and Mardi Kildebeck and the Mary Wohlford Foundation as a model funder for reproductive health, rights, and justice.
Executive Director of ACCESS Delivers petition signatures to Governor
On September 19, 2013, Executive Director Samara Azam-Yu delivered over 17,000 signatures to Governor Brown's office on behalf of the Women's Health Alliance, urging the him to sign into law AB 154. By signing this, Governor Brown would position California as the first state in years to expand abortion access, bucking the trend of restrictions nationwide.
How the Maximum Family Grant Hurts Families
Originally posted in the Strong Families Mama's Day Our Way Blog By Melissa Ortiz
My name is Melissa Ortiz. I am the mother of four children: 19-year-old James, 15-year-old Vanessa, and 14-month-old twins, Dominic and Gabriella. Dominic and Gabriella, are punished by the CalWORKs Maximum Family Grant rule. Being a mother is hard work, but I wouldn’t change it for all the wealth in the world. It is a gift for me to be in their lives and to help shape them from infants into adults. I was born to do this. Continue reading on our tumblr blog
Celebrating Civic Engagement and Reproductive Justice
Originally posted in Oakland Local on 4/5/13 By Samara Azam-Yu
With monumental news this morning of a federal court overturning the age restriction on access to emergency contraception, I am reflecting on victories, the work ahead, and the power of folks staying engaged to advance reproductive justice. Just last week, people from around California met with government representatives to make their voices heard during Reproductive Freedom Week, an annual advocacy event coordinated by the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom. Continue reading on our tumblr blog.