We represent the Open Umbrella Collective (openumbrellacollective.org), a group of pro-choice, full-spectrum doulas who provide non-medical emotional support before, after and during clinical abortions.
For three years we have volunteered in collaboration with Femcare, Western North Carolina's only abortion clinic, and have witnessed firsthand the compassionate, quality care that the staff provides for all clients.
Femcare has been unfairly targeted due to recent legislation. These attacks on reproductive rights are preventing people in WNC and across the state from receiving safe access to these services. We declare our solidarity with Femcare and with people seeking safe abortions. We are dedicated to reopening Femcare and the reinstatement of its invaluable services as quickly as possible.
Please join us in fundraising for Femcare. As Danielle Dulken shared in her July 31 Opinion piece, abortion touches all corners of our community [“The Face of Abortion,” Xpress].
Whether you realize it or not, someone you know has had an abortion, or may need one in the future; that someone may be you. If that day comes, we hope that you may make that choice independently and that you experience a staff as caring, professional and invested in patient safety as Femcare.
— Anna Pfaff and Alyssa Kieffer
Open Umbrella Collective