This week, All* Above All, The National Network of Abortion Funds, member funds like Kentucky Health Justice Network, and others are creating spaces for conversations and action planning all around North America. #BOLDtheFuture is this year’s campaign to raise awareness about the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is the federal law which has, for 42 years, defined abortion as the ONLY medical procedure for which medicaid recipients cannot access aid, thus requiring Abortion Funds to make up the difference.
Through these spaces and conversations we make a commitment to be boldly unapologetic in demanding and working for Reproductive Justice. Part of our commitment is to #BeBoldEndHyde through a political strategy to eliminate the amendment. Hyde is not permanent, so first we will vote our way back toward bodily autonomy from municipalities and states to Washington DC, and do away with this unjust law that hurts all of us.
Today, legislatures at state and federal levels are still working regulate people’s bodies and attempt to control our lives – but you know what? We will be bold, and brave, because we have to – and also because we all deserve better.
This video features a POWERFUL message about the kind of oppression that we see five days as week on the sidewalks at EMW. Please watch, and be inspired, then read on to learn more about this week of action. Join us as we #BoldTheFuture right now, and move forward knowing that it’s always the right time to talk about why abortion access is important.
Video transcript here.
Visioning a Bold Future – from National Network of Abortion Funds
IN THE FUTURE… Each of us lives with dignity and respect, and without politicians dictating our decisions.
IN THE FUTURE… The Hyde Amendment no longer punishes low-income people by banning insurance coverage for abortion. No one is forced to delay care, stopped from getting an abortion, or pushed deeper into poverty.
IN THE FUTURE… We get the care we need. Without obstacles, free of shame. With respect, support, and coverage.
When our vision is uncompromising, we BOLD the Future.
For abortion funds and network leaders committed to funding abortion and building power, Bold the Future Week of Action is an opportunity to organize at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice and to center those most impacted and their communities to leverage political and cultural change.
BOLD The Future empowers new and experienced leaders to co-create spaces where they can speak truth to power, connect with others, and devise plans of action that are meaningful to the people impacted.
The National Network of Abortion Funds believes in grassroots, community-led organizing. We believe that sharing stories and connecting around our lived experience begets trust and that, with enough trust, we are willing to take more risks together, make bigger demands for justice together. When we know that our personal narrative is connected to the heartbeat and rhythm of communities we care about all across this network, it becomes clearer what we must do, and it becomes easier to do so unafraid. With a wave of anti-abortion legislation and harassment affecting people we love, it is important now more than ever to dig deep, to build roots of trust, interdependence, and resilience.
To learn more about becoming an individual member of NNAF click here. We suggest you anchor your membership with Kentucky Health Justice Network to stay engaged in what’s happening in Kentucky!