MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice
For the last 80 years abortion throughout most of Mexico has been highly restricted to only a handful of indications such as in case of rape, if the life or health of the woman is at risk or for fetal malformations. Even today, most states do not have procedures or protocols for providing abortion care to women within the existing indications. In 2007, Mexico City became the exception by decriminalizing abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation.
Abortion in most Mexican states is a matter of social justice since wealthy women can pay for private providers or travel to Mexico City or outside of the country while poor women are forced to risk their health and lives in back-alley abortions. The MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice was founded in order to help precisely these women.
The MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice was founded in 2009 by the Mexican organization Balance: Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud. The Fund is a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), based in the United States.
The Funds’s objectives are to:
– Provide financial support to women that do not have enough resources to access legal abortion services available in Mexico City.
– Provide accompaniment to women that request it.
– Increase awareness about women’s right to legal abortion,
– Strengthen solidarity among women that believe and defend women’s right to a legal abortion.
For women that are eligible to receive support, the Fund provides:
Transportation to and from Mexico City
Transportation within Mexico City
Lodging in Mexico City
Scheduling of the abortion appointment
Total or partial payment for the abortion procedure
Accompaniment and counseling
MARIA receives funding from three sources:
-Small foundation grants or organizational donations
-Women who have received support from the Fund
-Individual donors who support the Fund’s work.
If you are interested in supporting the MARIA Abortion Fund’s work and becoming part of our individual donors network please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation in Mexican Pesos today using Paypal (Please check the exchange rate before donating: http://www.xe.com/ucc/).
If you would like to receive more information about the MARIA Abortion Fund or are interested in volunteering to accompany women, please contact us at email@example.com or 01800 8327311 ó (00152)52435054 in Mexico.