Erika Christensen and Garin Marschall are patient advocates for access to abortion throughout pregnancy.
Their work focuses on centering the voices and narratives of patients in the fight for reproductive rights.
In May of 2016, Erika was denied an abortion due to New York’s 24 week cut-off. The couple travelled to Colorado to terminate her pregnancy at 32 weeks. You can read more about their personal story in the links below.
While New York’s law added a financial and emotional burden to an already tragic experience, travelling and paying for an abortion in another state is a luxury that many New Yorkers do not have. Their experience with the state’s abortion law, and the realization about how others were affected by it, led them to share their story and advocate for reform.
RHAvote is a grassroots advocacy campaign they developed to raise awareness about New York State’s cruel and unconstitutional abortion law and the people affected by it, and to build support for the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), a bill that would remove major obstacles between patients and their care. They built a number of other advocacy campaigns and advocacy tools to support this work, find out more at AbortMission.com
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