We’re going through some changes here on the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Board, with some beloved members leaving and some new members coming onboard. A few of our members who are stepping down were kind enough to answer some questions about themselves and why they chose to serve.
1) What years did you serve on the board?
2) What made you want to serve on the Peggy Bowman Board?
3) What advice/wisdom would you like to share for those who support the Second Chance Fund?
I started on the board while Sylvie Rue (founding member) was doing most of the leadership work.
I was in the Kansas House, always been pro-choice and was asked by Sylvie to join. I knew Peggy Bowman from lobbying by her, and support from Tiller’s PAC, and we just continued on.
Continuing the fund until we have universal health care for all without abortion restrictions will be necessary. Reaching that day should be our goal, but until then, finding donors and giving hope and a second chance to women is our priority. I have been blessed to meet and work with a variety of intelligent, principled, caring women on this board.
I think I joined the board about 2000.
I was very excited to find out about the Second Chance Fund—helping Kansas girls and women who need help financially in order to obtain safe and legal abortions—that everyone is a volunteer—that people miraculously send us money—that we have never turned anyone down since its inception in 1996.
I think it is the greatest thing ever.
I look around me and see so clearly that most of the problems in the world could be solved if families could control if, when, and how many children they can afford to raise.
There is nothing like this fund anywhere and I am so proud of all we have been able to do in helping so many. Making this a political issue is just man’s last desperate attempt to control women, and we are not going to put up with it.
I had an abortion when I was 17, having become pregnant the first time I had inter- course. As a good Catholic girl, I knew nothing about contraception or my fertility cycle. I was lucky to live where I did, because it was pre-Roe v. Wade. I traveled to NYC, one of the few places in the country where abortion was legal in 1972. There were women from 8 states in the waiting room. Because of physical complications, the doc wouldn’t perform the procedure, and I had to go through the entire process again in a hospital several weeks later. It affected my relationship with my parents for a very long me. It caused me to open my first checking account for my babysitting money because my parents wouldn’t pay for the procedure.
Years later, I was driving with three other women, and we realized we had all had abortions. It is not uncommon. We all know someone who has made this decision— our mothers, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends. But because people hide behind a veil of shame, abortion continues to be “the thing the bad girls do”. Or “illegal immigrants do.” Well, just like the “Me, too” movement about sexual assault, we need to start a “Me, too” movement about abortion. Who is going to start? I MADE A CHOICE! Husbands and partners can say WE MADE A CHOICE!
Challenge your lawmakers who obstruct abortion access to name those in their immediate circles who have sought abortions.
No woman makes this decision lightly. Every woman and couple who has decided to have an abortion has a good reason—age, poverty, disruption of future goals, lack of spousal or family support, fetal anomaly, rape. Few outside that decision-making process can realize how challenging it is. But it is the right choice for many.
Persist. Stand up. Give money. Say I MADE A CHOICE. WE MADE A CHOICE.
WE SUPPORT CHOICE.
I think I’ve served 6 years.
I had been volunteering for the State Fair for years, and had been involved locally with attending fundraisers for the Choice movement. When Julie approached me, I thought this would be another way to give back to the PBSCF.
The Second Chance Fund has been a presence in Kansas for MANY YEARS, being there for Kansas women in need of financial support when seeking an abortion. The Board of Directors work hard to continue raising funds to support those in need AND to keep a healthy presence in Kansas and Nationally. Advice ... continue to support the Fund and the Board however you are able—as a volunteer, a voice for choice, financially, an activist—as your efforts WILL support the PBSCF and help keep the Fund viable.
Thanks to each of you for all you do!!!!!