“Can Anybody Help Out This Week?”
By Megan Burbank
On Monday morning, the Northwest Abortion Access Fund’s weekly budget is replenished, and a new hotline shift begins.
This week, Jeanie Schauerman is one of two volunteers staffing the hotline, responding to callers throughout the Pacific Northwest who need help paying for their abortion procedures. Schauerman’s been doing this work for 12 years, and her shift always starts the same way: She gets up on Monday morning, makes some coffee, and checks her phone to see what funding requests have come in since the previous shift ended on Friday. Then she corrals her pets, finds a quiet spot in her home, and starts returning calls.