Archive for February 2014

Here is the Application for 4.1.14 Deadline

February 10, 2014

Abortion Conversation Project

Support Mini-Grant Application Information

Spring 2014 Due April 1, 2014

See related post below)


Image,The Abortion Conversation Project will consider small grants for projects in keeping with ACP’s mission to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion. For the Spring 2014 grant cycle, we are particularly interested in proposals intended to open communication on an interpersonal level and/or within a community.

The ACP Board is committed to ongoing, collaborative engagement with our grantees; we respect your project and want to give it the best possible support. In that spirit, we encourage each prospective grant applicant to discuss her/his project with a member of the ACP Board or ACP Grant Subcommittee before submitting an application. We also intend to remain connected to grantees and their projects on an on-going basis.

Grants are available for project costs (printing, facility rental, etc.), technological costs (internet access charges, photocopying, etc.) travel expenses (including transportation, lodging, and meals), and other material expenses. Starting in the Fall 2013 cycle we are willing to provide grant money in some cases for salaries/person hours/honoraria, etc. Grants to pay for personnel will be for completed projects and direct costs will be reimbursed with receipts.

Grants are available in amounts up to $2000.00 per project; recipients may not apply for two grants in one twelve-month period; grants must be completed within one year of receipt. We accept applications for collaborative projects. We want to maximize the limited amount of money we have to give, so we will appreciate smaller requests that will allow us to assist more projects. We will give priority to applications for support for new projects or for new portions of existing projects.

Grantees agree to allow ACP to publicize their projects on our website and in other publicity materials for the organization and to provide evaluative feedback from their projects, when appropriate. All grantees agree to submit a Completion Report to ACP no more than one year after receiving their grants. (The Completion Report Form is available on the ACP website.) Neglecting to submit a Completion Report will result in ineligibility for future grants.

Application Process

Applications are accepted for two annual grant cycles; deadlines will be announced on our blog and in relevant media. Applicants are asked to complete the ACP Support Grant Application form, after speaking with a member of our team. Grantees will be notified of the decision of the ACP Grant Subcommittee no later than April 30, 2014, for the Spring cycle. Submit electronically and make inquiries to


Abortion Conversation Project

Support Mini-Grant Application Form


Contact Information




 Email address

 Institution/Organization (if applicable)

 Project title/Summary (Title or 1-2 sentence description of the project)

 Detailed Description of the Project (two paragraphs, up to 500 words)—be sure to address as many of the following questions as are relevant to your project: What do you envision as the outcome of this project? How does the project connect with a community? What relationships do you see coming out of this project? How will you work to decrease polarities in abortion conversations?

 How does this project reflect the Mission of the Abortion Conversation Project (to challenge the polarization that characterizes abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion)? (up to 250 words)

 How did you learn about this grant opportunity?

 Proposed date(s)/timeline of the project.

 Estimated budget for the project

Please provide details of costs, to the best of your ability.

 Amount of grant support requested (up to $2000)

Please note that grantees are ineligible for awards in two consecutive grant cycles.

 If you get less than the requested amount how will you adjust your project?

 Signature (electronically signed)                                      Date



4.1.14 Deadline

February 10, 2014

The Abortion Conversation Project announces its Spring 2014 Deadline for Proposals: April 1st, 2014. Grantees can expect to hear the results at the end of April.

ACP’s mission is to challenge the polarization that characterizes current abortion conversation, lessen the stigmatization of abortion, and promote speaking and listening with empathy, dignity, and resilience about even the most difficult aspects of abortion.

ACP is funding projects that promote in-person discussions about abortion.  We strongly urge that you speak to an ACP Board member before applying. See separate post for application.

Madame Restelle, Abortion Provider in NYC in mid 1800’s from Heather Ault’s poster series, 4000 Years For Choice, $20

 Progress of Current ACP Mini-Grant Projects

“This is the exciting time for Abortion Conversation grantees, says Peg Johnston Board member. “They are diving into their projects and making it real.”

Cindy Cooper of Words of Choice is already mapping a walking tour of Reproductive Justice sites in New York City. One stop is likely to be Madame Restelle’s an 1800’s abortion provider, as well as Rev. Moody’s church: he started the Clergy Consultation Service to help women find abortion services before abortion was legal.

Folks on the tour may see evidence of another grantee-  Project Voice a website created by Maya Pindyck. She and her associates will create materials that “talk back” to anti-abortion propaganda on the streets and subways of New York.

 Another blog about abortion, Abortion Chat has already used grant money to chat up the idea of writing about an abortion experience. She will be at the AWP conference talking to writers about the complexity of abortion in their writing.

Meanwhile, prior grantees are in action. Shweta Krishnan of Abortion, According to Me, is collecting abortion stories of Indian women. Abortion is legal in India but experiences vary widely and women rarely get to tell their stories. Through Education for Choiceyoung people in the UK have access to accurate information about abortion and places to discuss abortion, through an ACP funded project.

Making safe abortion available in rural Pakistan

February 7, 2014

ACP has heard of some remarkable activities in Pakistan regarding abortion advocacy and phone counseling.

Peace Foundation Pakistan is a registered NGO that has been working in sexual and reproductive advocacy since 2010. They sponsor eight women’s abortion advocacy groups in the Sindh province of Pakistan. The Peace Foundation uses mobile phones to make women aware of their sexual and reproductive rights. This strategy works well for women and girls of rural areas, where social traditions disapprove of safe abortion and free use of contraceptives.

The rate of unsafe abortion increases day by day; women are losing their lives in silence and they can not share complications of their pregnancies, because they know there will be no sympathy for them in society. Even women are against abortion. 

The Peace Foundation, with the support of Women on Waves, Women on Web, and Asia Safe Abortion partnerships, started a telephone hotline in April of 2010 to help women adopt safe abortion practices, and prevention after abortion.

  Peace Foundation now has five female counselors. All team members were trained by Women on Web and Women on Waves, The Netherlands, before the project was launched.

 There are two free mobile 24/7 help lines with counseling for safe medical abortion in Urdu and in Siraki languages. Counselors refer women seeking medical abortion where should they go and what should they do. Counselors always follow up calls and have found that the feedback was positive. Women reported that they had no friends to support them in rural areas. Midwives, Nurses and female health visitors had previously had no support until the Peace Foundation enabled them to provide misoprostol for saving women’s lives in rural areas. More than 900 women and girls contacted the hotlines for safe medical abortion counseling.

 Community meetings:

Peace Foundation conducted three community meetings with women advocacy groups in Sindh with the objective of the providing information about safe medical abortion and how to use misoprostol for medical abortion. When community meetings were called in rural areas, 65 women participated in the meetings. All women were vocal persons and leaders in their villages. During meetings, women got material in local languages to understand about medical abortion. Female teachers were also involved in discussions about how to provide information to women.

Women took great interest in the meetings, sharing their sufferings during complicated pregnancies. Women discussed biased attitudes of male partners. Referral directories and material on medical abortion were also distributed for further use.

 Abortion Service Providers meetings:

There were two local abortion service provider meetings. It was a unique opportunity for abortion service providers. They were working secretly and had fears about working openly. They gathered and discussed norms, values and attitudes of service providers and service users. Mostly providers were using surgical methods to terminate pregnancy and Peace Foundation trained them in safe medical abortion using misoprostol. 28 service providers met and discussed different aspects of abortion services. A network of safe abortion service providers was also established to discuss mutual issues and a forum for defending each other in case of any complications.

 Two meetings with civil rights organizations:

There were two meetings with civil rights organizations with 42 attending both meetings. The Peace Foundation won their support in delivering our services in rural areas. CSOs also assured that the Peace Foundation can work without any fear.

 The Peace Foundation has found challenges to their mission from existing social traditions and general perceptions regarding pregnancy and termination of pregnancy. Old people and men, in particular, have reservations and did not permit females to participate in meetings. Teams were accused of promoting sinful actions and being anti-religion or promoting extra marital relations, as well as a Western agenda. Teams could not travel in late hours because of threats. Security agencies have also investigated us, visiting monthly and demanding photos and details of our team visits and biographical data of our team. Once, our bank account was frozen.

–Aslam of Peace Foundation provided ACP with this information. It has been edited for ease of reading.