Editor's Note: This announcement, featuring the Ohio RCRC, was adapted from ACP.
The Abortion Conversation Projects (ACP) selected five projects that address abortion stigma for funding in its Fall 2017 cycle. “We chose proposals that would benefit most from seed money and from our capacity to engage with our resources, expertise, and interests,” observes Peg Johnston, Acting ACP President.
Two of the grantees are continuations of previous grant partners’ work: COLOR is a group that reaches out to Latinx populations in Colorado with normalizing images and messages about abortion. They will be travelling with a photo exhibit and a theatre production called “Relatively Normal” that they will be translating into Spanish.
Jessica Lechtenberg will be assisting Lena Hann, PhD, in testing a “Best Practices Guide on Fetal Tissue Viewing.” They have found that clinic staff are looking for guidance when patients ask to see fetal tissue. Last year, ACP collaborated on staff education in discussing other aspects of fetal tissue policy.
Shout Your Abortion (#ShoutYourAbortion) is a national group dedicated to helping people affirm their abortion experience. They are creating a high-end “coffee table book” with art and stories, and ACP will help them distribute copies to independent abortion facilities. EMA (Emergency Medical Assistance), an abortion fund in Palm Beach, will also showcase women’s abortion stories to stimulate public discussion of the reality of abortion experiences and especially the barriers women face.
The Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice received a grant to assist their training of faith leaders. Clergy have been effective allies, and further training will help them serve abortion patients and their own congregations, as well as speak publicly against abortion stigma.
These five new grants bring the total number of projects up to 55 ACP grants since the seed grants program started in 2012. These grants join recent projects such as In This Together Project (Michigan), which supports staff and provides activities for children who may have to accompany patients. “Not At Home,” an Irish Theatre company, continues to educate the public about women who have to leave their home country to access abortion care.
Abortion Conversation Projects is committed to eliminating the stigma of abortion by supporting individuals and small groups engaged in innovative community-based projects that create new ways and opportunities to talk about abortion honestly and publicly. Through grant partnerships, ACP designs, contributes, participates, and collaborates on stigma-busting projects. ACP work also includes webinars, trainings, workshops, and partnerships with our allies and grant partners.