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Dem Rep. Ayanna Pressley promotes abortion funds that help minors get procedure

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley speaks during a "Get Out the Vote" rally at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 2, 2022.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., on Monday encouraged her one million Twitter followers to donate to their “local abortion fund” to help low-income women access abortions.

“Support your local abortion fund,” the congresswoman tweeted from her personal account, adding a link to the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).

“Today, on #MaternalHealthAwarenessDay,” she wrote, “as we continue to confront a Black maternal health crisis & relentless attacks on reproductive rights — a reminder that racial justice is abortion justice is maternal health justice & we’ll never stop fighting for our collective liberation.”

The NNAF helps connect low-income women who want an abortion with their local abortion fund, which can provide funding for the procedure and other support services.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley speaks during a “Get Out the Vote” rally at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 2, 2022.
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“Abortion funds are the experts in overcoming obstacles people face when getting their abortions. But they can’t do it without you,” the NNAF website states. “In FY 20, member abortion funds received 81,692 requests for assistance and were able to support 44,880 callers. With your support, abortion funds can make it possible for more people to get their abortions.”

The Carolina Abortion Fund, for instance, offers to help pay for abortions and “provides judicial bypass assistance,” according to its page on the NNAF website. 

“If you are a minor, please use our Text ABBY line at (844) 997-2229,” it adds.

Judicial bypass laws allow a judge to waive parental consent and notification requirements for a minor to obtain an abortion. Planned Parenthood branches all over the country provide information on judicial bypass laws for girls.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., right, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the Women's Health Protection Act outside of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., right, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., conduct a news conference on the Women’s Health Protection Act outside of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, September 24, 2021.
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Pressley frequently argues that abortions are health care, and therefore a human right.

“Abortion care is, has always been & will always be a fundamental human right,” she tweeted Sunday….

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