Group preserving access to reproductive healthcare, come what may? June 28, 2018 8:59 AM   Subscribe

Very quickly: somewhere back in the megathreads, I remember a bunch of y'all mentioning a group mobilizing to preserve women's access to reproductive healthcare services, including abortion, no matter what happens with the law of the land.

My partner and I have come into some funds we can earmark for any US 501(c)3, and it'd be our intention to contribute it all to that organization, if their overhead is reasonable and they seem able to make effective use of the sum. Onliest trouble is, inevitably, now I can't manage to turn up the name of the organization in question, using any combination of search terms that comes to mind.

Hook me up? I know at least one of you will have the name I'm thinking of ready to hand. All my thanks.
posted by adamgreenfield to MetaFilter-Related at 8:59 AM (18 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

The Jane collective.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 9:03 AM on June 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nope, this was a group currently active. Thanks anyway.
posted by adamgreenfield at 9:08 AM on June 28, 2018

The Jane Collective is currently active.
posted by workerant at 9:39 AM on June 28, 2018 [4 favorites]

Wow. Literally everything in the first two pages I'm able to Google here says, simply, "was an underground collective active in Chicago between 1968 and 1973." Though I suppose the whole point of an underground organization is that it won't turn up in a casual Google search.

I don't think that was it, though, regardless. Dang.
posted by adamgreenfield at 9:49 AM on June 28, 2018

You should check out other resources too - here's a cool one:
posted by agregoli at 10:12 AM on June 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

If there is a currently-active group operating under the name "The Jane Collective," it is not a US 501(c)(3) according to online directories. The Chicago Abortion Fund is a 501(c)(3) and shares some history and founders with the Chicago-based Jane Collective which disbanded in 1973. By all accounts it does excellent work.
posted by enn at 10:50 AM on June 28, 2018

I just set up a recurring donation to, as noted above: they support a wide range of reproductive health organizations around the country.
posted by suelac at 11:17 AM on June 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

This is possibly the thing you're referring to. The organization is underground. There was an FPP about it. If I'm wrong, try not to jump down my throat.
posted by duffell at 11:19 AM on June 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Not it either, duffell, but awesome nonetheless, cheers.
posted by adamgreenfield at 11:26 AM on June 28, 2018

Was it Women on Waves and/or Women on Web?
posted by mostly vowels at 11:47 AM on June 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

There's also A Womb of One's Own
posted by mostly vowels at 11:49 AM on June 28, 2018

The National Network of Abortion Funds was mentioned in the current Supreme Court thread.
posted by treepour at 12:47 PM on June 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Yes, thank you floam. I'm tempted to say that the organization specifically namechecked in the thread was regional or state-based, possibly in Texas (?), and that it was indeed a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Based on the links here, I'd think it was the local affiliate of the NNAF, but unless I'm very badly mistaken it had a simpler, more narrative name than that, two or three words maybe? I'm kicking myself because I remember thinking that I wanted to write it down for a couple of days running, as it came up first in a comment and then in responses to that comment, and then the megathread respawned and I lost it.
posted by adamgreenfield at 4:02 AM on June 29, 2018

(In any event, I think we're going to go ahead and make our donation to the National Network of Abortion Funds, with thanks to melissasaurus for posting it originally, and agregoli, suelac and treepour for mentioning it here.)
posted by adamgreenfield at 4:05 AM on June 29, 2018

Are you thinking about Jane's Right to Choose? I remember reading about them somewhere (or maybe hearing) but I also can't find them on the web.
posted by CiaoMela at 9:07 AM on June 29, 2018

What I recall hearing about it was that it was an org either in Texas or at least with a branch in Texas that specifically (?) focused on funds for abortions for young women, including maybe minors.
posted by CiaoMela at 9:09 AM on June 29, 2018

There are 6 funds in texas associated with NNAF that provide funding for abortions:

Texas Equal Access Fund
Clinic Access Support Network
Fund Texas Choice
Lilith Fund
Stigma Relief Fund
West Fund
They are all listed here.
posted by Sophie1 at 11:48 AM on June 29, 2018 [1 favorite]

LILITH FUND. YES. OMG thank you. I now see that I couldn't find it in the POTUS45 megathreads because it was in the Harvey thread.
posted by adamgreenfield at 5:28 PM on June 29, 2018 [2 favorites]

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