From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Entrant: Sarah Wilson
Nominee: National Network of Abortion Funds
My women’s health heroes are the members of the National Network of Abortion Funds. They saved my friend’s life by helping her find the money to pay for her abortion last year.
My friend was trying to get out of an abusive relationship when she found out she was pregnant. At the same time, she got laid off from her job and her mom was diagnosed with cancer. I realize that seems like a lot, and I can assure you it was.
She turned to me for help, but I could only lend her $100 and she needed $600. We found the National Network of Abortion Funds on the internet and called them. The woman who we spoke with was SO nice and understanding. She gave us a list of numbers to call for help. I couldn’t believe there were people out there who could help. The thought never crossed my mind.
I’m so grateful for the National Network of Abortion Funds. They really are heroes.