On the Fence? Support Choice for Minnesota Women!

$5,592 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 111 people in 29 days
Created November 19, 2018
Robbinsdale Clinic Fundraisers
on behalf of June Fahrmann
*Please note that the main picture for this campaign is not of our clinic, but rather the property next door (owned by a anti-choice organization), where the deer stand and a large crucifix stand. Replacing the fence shown is one of our main fundraising goals*

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Robbinsdale Clinic is a small, independently owned Family Medicine clinic which has included abortion services as part of their family-centered care since 1973. A member of both the National Abortion Federation and Abortion Care Network, Robbinsdale Clinic P.A. provides high-quality, safe abortion care and is staffed by committed, knowledgeable and passionate employees. We are one of only four abortion providers in Minnesota (three in the metro area), and we need your help to continue to serve the community.

Though abortion and family planning have become associated mainly with large organizations, the majority of women (roughly 2 out of 3) who have abortions in the United States access their care at an independent abortion provider. Times are tough for all abortion providers but independently owned small practices face unique challenges, financial and otherwise.++
Robbinsdale Clinic has faced extra challenges in recent years due to the following:

--Radical and aggressive anti-choice protestors who harass our patients and our staff. These protestors built a DEER STAND (which can be seen in the main photo and below) on the property next door which was bought by an anti-choice organization. The DEER STAND rises over our property's fence and is utilized to harass, scare, and intimidate both patients and clinic staff.

A picture of the anti-choice deer stand:
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--Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) such as the one directly across the street, the "Robbinsdale Women's Center",  are a disservice to women and a public health problem across the country.  Using false information rather than scientific, evidence-based practices, CPCs manipulate and lie to  women who are seeking unbiased pregnancy options counseling or abortion services. CPC's are typically affiliated with evangelical Christian networks and/or national antiabortion organizations. It's therefore not surprising that, unlike Robbinsdale Clinic which offers each patient accurate contraceptive counseling, CPC's do not provide accurate information on contraceptive use and effectiveness.^^
Many of these fake clinics are intentionally located in close proximity to real abortion providers and mimic their branding and names. It's easy to understand how a woman intending to go to Robbinsdale Clinic might accidentally go to the Robbinsdale Women's Center!
 
Robbinsdale Clinic P.A. has long been a target for the radical anti-choice movement, which has resulted in attempted bombings and other severe/violent  attempts to shut us down (see NYT article below). These anti-choice attempts to shut us down have been costly for the clinic. Nevertheless, we've persisted because access to abortion care is essential to ensure women's right to health.

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As a small clinic without the name recognition, significant patronage and advertising means of a large provider, we are asking for donations of any amount to help us continue to serve our community. Your donations will go directly to necessary clinic improvements and projects ranging from building a new fence for the privacy and safety of our patients, a new sign (to help patients more easily recognize us, rather than the CPC) and the redevelopment of our website.

Make a difference today by helping to ensure that Minnesota women and their families maintain access to our much-needed clinic services.

Sources:
++Abortion Care Network. (2018). Our Mission: Ensure Access. Retrieved November 10, 2018, from https://www.abortioncarenetwork.org/ensure-access/
^^Rosen, J. D. (2012). The Public Health Risks of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 44(3), 201–205.
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I can't express enough, to each and every person that has made a donation and/or shared this page, how incredibly grateful my coworkers and I are for your help.
When I set out on this fundraising effort, I wasn't sure we would raise even a small fraction of our goal. As of today, we are nearly half way there!!!
Please know that your contributions will help women continue to safely access a service that one in the three women in the United States has during her lifetime. Needless to say, it is not only a tough time to be an abortion provider, but it is a tough time to be a woman seeking abortion services and sexual health care services in general. This page has reminded me that-
despite the rampant stigma associated with abortion care and abortion facilities,
despite pervasive misinformation,
despite persistent legislative setbacks in abortion and contraceptive access-
PEOPLE STILL CARE.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

***Please, please continue to share this page with others so we can keep getting closer and closer to our goal! ***
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A message to donors and those who have shared this campaign: THANK YOU!!!! $1,370 raised in just over a week!!! The rest of the clinic staff and I are so grateful for your generosity and devotion to reproductive access and choice.
As part of this update, I'm also asking all of you to please share this page with pro-choice friends/colleagues/family etc. This campaign is not publicly accessible but I'm hoping to increase our visibility among supporters like you!

Again, thank you so much and stay tuned for more updates!
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Raised by 111 people in 29 days
Created November 19, 2018
Robbinsdale Clinic Fundraisers
on behalf of June Fahrmann
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