PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Trail Blazers fan’s pledge to donate to a fund that aims to help women in Alabama obtain abortions picked up steam on social media after she challenged other fans to do the same.
Hannah Carmody tweeted Wednesday afternoon she would donate a dollar to the Yellowhammer Fund for every point the Blazers scored against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, and requested other fans join her. In all, Carmody gave $111 to the fund after the Blazers fell to the Warriors Thursday night.
$111 for @YellowFund from me tonight. It takes the sting away a little.
Thank you #RipCity for coming together for reproductive freedom and abortion rights! https://t.co/Tzo7UwDibt — Hannah Carmody (@pdxhannah) May 17, 2019
BLAZER TWITTER: I’m going to donate $1 to @YellowFund for every point we score on Thursday.
Please join me in dunking on these anti-choice villains and make your own pledge. #AbortionRights #RipCity — Hannah Carmody (@pdxhannah) May 15, 2019
The donation pledge for the Yellowhammer Fund follows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s signing of a bill that bans virtually all abortion in the state starting in six months.
“Please join me in dunking on these anti-choice villains and make your own pledge,” Carmody wrote.
The tweet was picked up by Blazer and Warriors fans, who made their own pledges to donate to the fund based on scores, rebounds and even whether “the announcer refer [sic] to Rodney Hood as Mt. Rodney Hood.”
Carmody told KOIN 6 News that she was inspired to start the pledge because of the “high stakes” surrounding abortion rights around the U.S. She also didn’t want to “leave people in red states behind.”
“It can feel very isolating and hopeless to read about abortion restrictions in our country,” she said.
Blazers fans on Twitter didn’t disappoint her, Carmody added.
“It’s been very touching watching Rip City rally around this cause,” she said. “I was expecting much more push back but it’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience.”
It’s unclear how much was raised Thursday evening for The Yellowhammer Fund, which has been helping women since 2018, according to its website.