WRRAP Fundraising event “An Evening With Jane Fonda” raised $70,000

WRRAP President - Joyce Schorr presented Jane Fonda with WRRAP’s 2008 Leonard Rose Award for her Activism in Women’s Rights and her exemplary work with her own organization, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). (Photo courtesy of Ed Krieger)

By Oliver Carnay

The Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP) honored Women’s Rights Activist and Multiple Academy Award®-winning actress, Jane Fonda, at a record-breaking sold out fundraising event, “An Evening With Jane Fonda,” raising $70,000, this past Saturday, January 19, 2008, held at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.

“The event, attended by more than 200 guests, is the most successful fundraiser we have had in our organization’s entire history,” Joyce Schorr, President of WRRAP said. “Money raised at this event will help low-income women of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are unable to pay for either emergency contraception or safe and legal abortion. The money we raise is never asked to be repaid. Ninety-five cents of every dollar we raise assists the women who need it. We do not judge the woman or her situation, we just help her. Teen pregnancy is on the rise. The Los Angeles Times recently reported in a story on teen pregnancy that, according to a federal study compiled by the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention that after14 years of steady decline, the rate of teen births rose 3% last year,” she continued.

After accepting the award, Fonda spoke eloquently about her thoughts on Teenage Pregnancy in America and her own organization, G-CAPP, which helps young women in need. Fonda said: “Adolescent pregnancy is a symptom of poverty. The state of Georgia, where I live, is a poor state. G-CAPP is trying to break the generational transfer of poverty. Hope is the only contraceptive.”

Fonda spoke of how G-CAPP is actively involved in lobbying, training and providing community programs like: The Doula Project which provides teen mothers with a trained birth assistant to provide social and emotional support during pregnancy, labor and post delivery; Second Chance Home Network which is a network of homes throughout Georgia providing young mothers with support to become self-sufficient parents; and The Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, an intensive year-round, multi-year after school and summer program that is designed to improve academic skills and prevent teenage pregnancy through developing personal goals and aspirations.

Fonda continued: “It’s amazing what love, attention and being there, can do for a young woman. There is nothing more wonderful than feeling empowered as a young woman. We teach the young women to be parents. Women’s rights and reproductive rights are human rights.”

WRRAP raises money for low-income women of all ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who are unable to pay for either emergency contraception or a safe and legal abortion. WRRAP’s services are provided free-of-charge to clinics all over the nation. All clinics are State-of-the-Art facilities and most are affiliated with organizations with very high standards such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the National Abortion Federation (NAF) or the National Coalition of Abortion Providers (NCAP). For more details, please log on to www.wrrap.org.