(CNSNews.com) – An abortion fundraising group held its annual “Bowl-a-Thon” in April, raising more than $500,000 to “help women and girls pay for abortions they couldn’t otherwise afford.”
The fourth annual “National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon” broke fundraising records with a total of $552,498 raised.
“THANK YOU for making the Fourth Annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon such a success!” the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which sponsors the event, wrote on its website. “Together, you raised over a HALF A MILLION DOLLARS for abortion access—nearly $50,000 more than the initial goal”
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the group raised $466,014 from the Bowl-a-Thon in 2012.
NNAF helps organize bowling events across the country every April to raise funds for “low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it.”
This year, the group encouraged people to participate “Because you know that without resources, there is no ‘choice.’” Plus, “friends + abortion rights + rented shoes = the event of a lifetime!” they said.
The top three fundraising events were held by the New York Abortion Access Fund in New York City, raising $86,235; followed by the D.C. Abortion Fund with $47,145; and the Carolina Abortion Fund in Durham, N.C., which raised $43,097.
NNAF says “one of the best things” about the Bowl-a-Thon is the “brilliant names” people come up with for their teams. Last year they included titles like “If Only Limbaugh's Mom Used Birth Control,” and “The Dude Aborts.”
This year was no exception, with names such as “Abortion Robot Squad,” “Back Alley Ballbusters,” and “fetus daddies.”
Other teams included “Contraceptive Cuties,” “Our Babies Our Choice,” and “Planned Sparenthood.”
“The Terminators,” who raised $881, said they joined the Bowl-a-Thon because abortion is a “matter of basic fairness.”
“Every woman deserves to choose when and if to become a mother, regardless of the size of her paycheck,” the team said. “We're not going to stand by and watch our rights get rolled back – we're going to step up to the lane and roll strike after strike!”
NNAF says the money raised go to local abortion groups who help pay for women and girls’ abortions and bus and plane tickets for those who may have to travel for an abortion.
The National Network of Abortion Funds “works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek,” according to its website. The organization views the right to abortion as a “fundamental human right, essential for women’s equality, health, and dignity.”