April 28, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ha Tran
Despite Anti-Choice Cyber Attacks, Local Virginia Abortion Fund Perseveres:
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project joins forces with national teams to fund abortions in Virginia.
(Richmond, Virginia) - On Saturday April 30, abortion access advocates will gather to raise money to help pay for abortion access in Virginia, in defiance of cyber attacks targeted at their annual fundraising efforts. The event will take place in Richmond on Saturday night as part of the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon.
The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP), founded 12 years ago, helps those struggling to make ends meet and access abortions in Virginia by providing direct funding and logistical support, including arranging accommodation and transport to clinics.
The cyber attacks affected the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) Bowl-A-Thon website, which RRFP uses annually to fundraise almost 100% of its annual budget. On April 14, NNAF representatives acknowledged that they were “working with cyber security experts and legal counsel because this is a cyber domestic terrorist attack by anti-choice activists.” As a precaution, NNAF took down its fundraising page, and RRFP created an alternative site (rrfp.net/donatebat) to make sure that their vital fundraiser continued to support abortion access in Virginia.
Richmond community members are resilient in the face of such attacks, and are working around the clock in the last two days before the fundraiser so that RRFP can meet their fundraising goal to directly help pay for abortion care across the state.
“It’s wild to think that the folks responsible for this cyber attack identify as ‘pro-life,’ when we know that the maternity mortality rate in the US is dismal, especially for women of color. Attacks like these show the desperation anti-choice zealots have to spread their fear-mongering campaign for a safe, legal, and necessary health care procedure. We think it’s essential for the community to come together to fulfill this essential health care need in a fun and positive way,” says Ha Tran, a Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project volunteer collective member for three years.
This attack comes at a time where nearly 300 laws restricting abortion have been passed since 2010. In 2014 alone, lawmakers introduced 335 bills to restrict access to abortion, and 231 of those were passed -- affecting 26 different states.