All* Above All Announces the Be Bold Road Trip
Contact: Chrissy Faessen / Chrissy@conwaystrategic.com /c 703.828.7769
National, state and local organizations unite to take their message to communities
across the country, building support for abortion coverage of low-income women.
Washington D.C. (August 4, 2014) —All* Above All announced today, on the one year anniversary
of its bold campaign, that advocates are hitting the road and declaring their support to end bans on
abortion coverage for low-income women nationwide. The All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip and
Declaration are part of an innovative and uplifting campaign that unites organizations and individuals
across the country to build support for abortion coverage. The tour will cover nearly 10,000 miles
from coast to coast kicking off in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, August 9th and will conclude
on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in mid-September to commemorate the anniversary of the Hyde
Covering 12 cities in 8 states, the tour will mobilize Millennials, people of color, and other diverse
groups to stand up to the avalanche of attempts to disenfranchise them and their decision-making.
In addition, the tour will educate people across the country about the harmful impact that these bans
have, especially on low-income women, young women, and women of color.
“It’s a new day. We are igniting supporters across the country, led by young people and people of
color, to take bold action to lift these abortion coverage bans that allow politicians to make decisions
about our lives,” declared Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, URGE (formally Choice USA).
Since the passage of the Hyde amendment in 1976, Congress has withheld coverage for abortion
services from women insured through the Medicaid program—now numbering nine million women
of reproductive age. And with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, policymakers in 25 states
have enacted additional restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion in state marketplaces, with
eight of those states banning coverage in all private plans. Recently, federal and state politicians
have ramped up their efforts to restrict abortion, creating even more barriers like overregulating
clinics that can make abortion increasingly unaffordable and unavailable.
“Politicians across the country seem to be in a race to see who can create the most impenetrable
barriers to abortion. The impact falls most on women of color who are struggling financially to make
ends meet, ” said Jessica Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute
for Reproductive Health.
“It’s time to secure reproductive justice for all women and to stop the terrible injustice of the Hyde
Amendment,” added Stephanie Poggi, Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds. “We
will continue to stand united until every woman can make her own decision based on her own
circumstances, no matter what her income is.”
“Too often low-income women and young women’s access to basic health care is traded away for
political expediency. The Be Bold Road Trip is about taking to the streets and mobilizing the rising
electorate to end the unnecessary political interference in women’s decision making,” said Kate
Stewart, Executive Vice President, Advocates for Youth.
Each of the stops will engage participants in signing a petition asking policy makers to declare their
support for proactive policies that seek to lift abortion bans and to raise their voice in opposition to
policies that continue to take away insurance coverage of abortion instead of leaving these decisions
to a woman and her family.
At each stop participants will rally with local religious leaders, organizations, elected officials and
Members of Congress as they learn more about the issue, sign the truck wall showing their support,
snap selfies, and listen and participate in the reading of abortion stories.
“Politicians are running roughshod over our decision making and our rights. But we’re no longer
willing to be thrown under the bus. So now, we’re driving it! We’re taking it to communities across
the country to say, ‘enough is enough!’” added Jessica Arons, President & CEO of the Reproductive
Health Technologies Project.
The Be Bold Road Trip Schedule:
8/9 Los Angeles, CA
8/12 San Jose, CA
8/13 San Francisco, CA
8/14 Oakland, CA
8/19 Portland, OR
8/26 Minneapolis, MN
TBA Chicago, IL
TBA Boston, MA
TBA Middletown, CT
TBA Rochester, NY
TBA Philadelphia, PA
TBA Washington, DC
About All* Above All:
The Declaration and Be Bold Road Trip are part of the All* Above All campaign, an innovative
and uplifting campaign that unites organizations and individuals to build support for abortion
coverage. Our vision is to restore public insurance coverage so that every woman, however much
she makes, can get affordable, safe abortion care when she needs it.