Target: Lenzi Sheible, Founder of Fund Texas Choice
Goal: Thank Ms. Sheible for establishing a fund to support women struggling to obtain an abortion
With increasing regulations and restrictions on abortion, women across the United States are finding it even more difficult to obtain the procedure. In the past three years, states have passed 231 laws restricting abortion, purportedly to increase safety. Nevertheless, many laws such as mandatory 24-hour waiting periods between a woman’s first visit to a clinic and an abortion impose a greater financial and time cost on female patients. Thankfully, Ms. Lenzi Sheible’s abortion fund, Fund Texas Choice, is helping address some of the financial and logistical challenges that women seeking an abortion increasingly face.
These obstacles are perhaps nowhere more pronounced than in Texas. The state has seen a drastic reduction in abortion clinics, from 42 down to 20 in less than two years. Worse still, soon there may be a mere eight providers in the state, according to Naral Pro-Choice Texas, and would only be located in metropolitan areas such as Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
Sheible, a young mother herself, can relate to the struggles of the women she assists. After her biological mother gave her up when she was seven years old, Sheible lived with adoptive parents who put her in rehab during her senior year of high school. She ended up graduating valedictorian of her class and went on to graduate in just two years from the University of Texas, where she is currently attending law school. Now, Fund Choice Texas has a seven-member board, including Sheible’s husband, Warren Sheible. Having received nearly $60,000 in just over a year, the fund has been able to spend $25,000 to help more than 100 women seeking abortions, according to an article in the New York Times.
By signing the petition below, you will thank Lenzi Sheible for her efforts to remedy the mounting obstacles to abortion access by supporting pregnant women both emotionally and financially.
Dear Ms. Sheible,
I am writing to applaud your efforts to increase access to abortion and support women seeking the procedure. Through Fund Texas Choice, you are taking a stand for the rights of women to enact the often difficult choice to end their pregnancy, in spite of increasing legal barriers that stand in their way.
Your actions are inspiring and empowering. In spite of fairly vicious criticism, you continue to dedicate yourself to supporting women across the state. I want to thank you for your leadership, and wish you continued success in the future as you grow your community and persist in helping those in need.
[Your Name Here]
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