(Small donations can make a big difference in lives of real women in crisis here in Connecticut. Please help if you can!)
From the Things we should know about the outside world Dept.
Put yourself in the place of a girl or woman facing an unintended pregnancy. Perhaps she already has several children and is struggling to feed and care for all of them (over 60% of abortions are among women who already have at least one child). Perhaps she will not be able to work during a pregnancy, or keep her job with a baby to take care of. Perhaps it will mean that she has to drop out of school, and thus face an uncertain financial future. Whatever the reasons, she has decided to terminate the pregnancy.
Odds are, she's already struggling to make ends meet.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate among women living below the federal poverty level ($9,570 for a single woman with no children) is more than four times that of women above 300% of the poverty level.
The average cost for a first trimester abortion in Connecticut is $600. In many cases a woman choosing abortion is uninsured and has no other money to pay for services.
In these circumstances, in Connecticut, an organization called The Rosie Fund steps in to help cover the costs.
This Fund may become the only hope for an impoverished woman or girl.
In 2005, 77 women received Rosie grants. In 2006, that number doubled, with 145 women requesting funding assistance. And the need continues to increase. In just two months (December 2006 through January 2007), 44 women asked for over $7000 in donations.I am posting this diary because I want readers of My Left Nutmeg, and other onliine information resources in Connecticut, to know about The Rosie Fund. In order to keep providing this necessary service, the Rosie Fund needs our help.
Perhaps some readers of this diary will be able to help the women who need the Rosie Fund financially, or know someone who can donate a few bills.
As an aside: Certainly we need to do a better job of teaching pregnancy avoidance for those not truly wanting a child. Certainly we need to promote responsible sexual practices among youth. But, just as certainly, we need to help those women and girls who are in trouble now.
Even the smallest donation to the Rosie Fund can help alleviate some of the suffering and allow poor women to continue with uninterrupted lives.
Thank you for reading this. Thank you for caring.
You can help...
Please send a check right away - today - toFor more information, please contact the Rosie Fund via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the temporary Rosie Fund website.
"The Rosie Fund" PO Box 6205, Hamden, CT 06517
or donate online at
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Recommended amounts for your tax-deductible* donation are:
- $1000 Rose Garden
- $500 - Rose Bouquet
- $100 - Red Rose
- $50 - Pink Rose
Or, if you're a student, can you consider a Rosebud gift of $25?
(CTBob here:...or, if you're allergic to roses, you may donate ANY amount! Even $10, $5 helps!)
(*The Rosie Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization and your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)
The Rosie Fund was started by a small group of concerned Connecticut residents in 2003. It is the only private abortion fund in Connecticut. The members of the Rosie Fund believe that the right to choose abortion is meaningless without access to abortion services. Restrictions on abortion services and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden poor women, young women, women of color, and rural women. The purpose of the Rosie Fund is to remove financial barriers that Connecticut women face in accessing abortion services.