Who do you support? Our work and the support we give is for people of all races, genders, sexualities, income levels, immigration statuses and ages - especially for our most marginalized communities and people who are systematically excluded from reproductive health conversations.
Who are you? Currently, we are a group of volunteers with varying identities, including queer and trans/non-binary. Some of us are students, service industry workers, farmers, caretakers, activists, people who have had experience with abortions, and more. We have all been through a beginner and an advanced training for abortion support work.
What are some examples of the abortion support you do? See our support page for more information
What is reproductive justice? The term “reproductive justice” was coined in 1994 by a group of black women in Chicago as a way of talking about the reproductive rights movement as it intersected with broader social justice movements.
Can you help fund my abortion procedure? We don’t directly fund peoples’ abortion procedures, but we can help point you to organizations that do, and we can help you navigate clinics’ payment policies.
Why don’t you use the word “woman” in talking about the work you do? We use gender neutral language in discussing pregnant people and pregnancy outcomes. Not everyone who gets pregnant or seeks an abortion is a woman, and reproductive justice conversations must necessarily include trans and nonbinary people.
Isn’t Oregon the best state for abortion rights? Currently, Oregon has no laws restricting abortion (such as ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods, etc), but that does not mean that abortion is accessible to everyone. Factors such as childcare, medical racism and transphobia, trauma, income, taking time off work, travel, and lack of support make abortion inaccessible to many.
Are you doulas? We attempt to use the word “support” as much as possible, as opposed to the word “doula”, which has gender, class, and racial connotations, as well as being derived from the Greek word meaning “female slave”.
When is your next training? Right now, we’re focusing on a lot of logistical organizing to make sure CASC is the strong, dynamic organization we know it can be. We’re excited to put on a training for folks in the Portland area, but don’t have a date yet because other things are taking priority within our organization. Thanks for being patient! Check back for updates, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Can I donate? Yes! Here is a link to our PayPal. We also accept donations for our abortion aftercare kits, so you if you have any unopened tea, unopened chocolate, heating pads, or tea lights, or other comforting items, we would love them! Also helpful would be donations of 3-ring binders we can use for upcoming trainings.