We’re building the power of later abortion patients to fight for access to abortion throughout pregnancy– for everyone.

The Patient Forward initiative is rooted in the idea that the people affected by abortion restrictions have the power to change them.

For too long, the people who get abortions later in pregnancy have been missing from the conversation on later abortion. We believe later abortion patients should be centered in efforts to shift public opinion and shape policy on later abortion.

We’re asking people who have sought an abortion after 20 weeks to get in touch using the form below. (Scroll down to see How it Works)

Name *
Have you, your partner, or your child had or sought an abortion after 20 weeks?
This could include legal restrictions, trouble finding a provider, difficulty paying for the abortion or getting to a provider, or anything else that delayed or denied access to abortion care.
Tell us about yourself, your experience with later abortion, how you found us, or anything else you would like us to know.

How it works

 1. You fill out the form above, we use that info to start a conversation.

2. We’ll contact you via email, and if you’re interested, you’ll be able to schedule a phone call with us.

3. Once we’ve talked, we’ll connect you to resources and opportunities. It’s up to you where it goes from there. You’re in control, you decide how much you want to be involved.

 About Us

Patient Forward is run by Erika Christensen and Garin Marschall.

We are patient advocates who leveraged our personal experience with later abortion, and having to cross state-lines to access it, to shift the conversation in New York on the issue.

We founded the RHAvote campaign, the grassroots home for the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), a bill that decriminalized abortion in New York and brought the state’s regulation of abortion in line with Roe vs Wade. We worked alongside a statewide coalition and in January 2019, New York finally passed the RHA after being stalled for almost a decade.

After seeing the power of patient narratives first hand, we began organizing later abortion patients across the country.

Photo Credit:  Yana Paskova  for Yahoo News

Photo Credit: Yana Paskova for Yahoo News