By Lori Perkins
Romancelandia is at it again, raising funds to support the fight for reproductive rights as laws to curtail both abortion and access to birth control gains momentum throughout state and national legislatures.
The auction was created to raise funds to donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds Collective Power Fund, which raises money to pay for abortions, transportation to and from a clinic, childcare, lodging and abortion doula support from mostly Southern and Midwestern states. According to an article in today’s New York Times, the cost of an abortion today is between $575 and $1,000.
The auction started at midnight on May 21, and is slated to go for just two days, but as of this writing has already raised over $15,000 (the original goal was $20,000).
Some of the items that have already received large bids are a full set of signed Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels, a 30 minute zoom session with Courtney Milan (with a tea set), a full manuscript critique from Sarah MacLean, as well as a host of services and crafts by romance authors, artists and publicists.
According to the listing on 32aucitiond.com, the auction was organized by Meet Cute Romance Bookshop & Fizzery, because “reproductive freedom for folks living in the United States is under attack (well, under extra, increasing attack). Fortunately, there are people organizing to help, and we, in turn, want to help them.
Specifically, all winners will be given directions to donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds' Collective Power Fund (https://abortionfunds.org/collective-power-fund/), which distributes donations to 28 member abortion funds across more than 20 states. Funding is concentrated in the South and Midwest, where it’s often hardest to get an abortion.
If you don't win, or would like to donate extra/anyway/immediately, you can use this URL: nnaf.org/r4rj
And, if you are looking for some auction-related merch (with all proceeds going to the NNAF-CPF) fear not! We've got tote bags! Here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/r4rj”
The link to the auction is here: https://www.32auctions.com/r4rj