Defend & Strengthen the Future of Reproductive Justice Beyond Roe v. Wade

_1277_-_Repro_Rights_ShowImage_v1.jpegWe all understand that the latest state legislative assaults on reproductive rights are the final steps of a 40 year, long-game strategy on the right. It’s easy to look at this moment and already feel defeated, but how we choose to respond in this moment will make all the difference.

So, let’s get right down to it.

First, let’s not forget that, for now, abortion is still legal in every state, so throw your energy into protecting those exercising their legal right to this medical procedure.

If you have time to give, consider becoming an abortion clinic escort. Escorts are volunteers who accompany those seeking reproductive care on the walk from their transportation to the clinic, a journey often filled with anti-abortion protestors who hurl shame or aggressively try to make patients question their choice. The National Abortion Federation and the Abortion Care Network have maps to help you find clinics near you. Reach out to clinics where you’d like to volunteer to see what help they need. Escorts not only help provide a supportive environment for patients, but also help de-stigmatize abortion.

There are also organizations working across the country to help people access reproductive care, such as the National Network of Abortion Funds. The Cut has curated a list of these organizations, along with local organizations in states with already extremely limited access to abortion, like Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi

Excerpt from The Cut article "What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans":

 Access Reproductive Care - Southeast: ARC is a volunteer organization that helps families in 12 states across the southeast access reproductive care.

 National Network of Abortion Funds: NNAF is a network of more than 80 funds in at least 38 states that seeks to eliminate economic barriers for low-income individuals seeking an abortion.

 The Yellowhammer Fund: Based in Alabama, Yellowhammer not only provides funding for abortions at one of the city’s three clinics, but also helps with other barriers to access patients may face, such as travel or lodging. (Yellowhammer is part of NNAF.)

 Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: Run entirely by volunteers, the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund helps people access abortion, and provides both support and resources to parents.

 Women Have Options: This Ohio-based organization provides financial assistance and support to low-income patients seeking reproductive care, abortion included.

 National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: NAPAWF is a multi-issue community-organizing and policy-advocacy organization that fights for policy changes that would benefit women, transgender, and non-binary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

 Gateway Women’s Access Fund: Based in Missouri, Gateway provides both educational and financial support to people in the state who can’t afford the full cost of an abortion.

On a national level, many on the right are practically giddy with anticipation that one of their barbaric state laws will go to the Supreme Court and be upheld. But they don’t seem to be looking beyond the end of Roe. Those on the Left should be.

We can raise the alarm along with solutions that will make the right to reproductive freedom even stronger than Roe v. Wade ever did. Multiple Democratic presidential candidates are behind passing the EACH Women Act, which would prohibit abortion restrictions on private insurance, and an end to the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal dollars from paying for abortion services.

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s multi-point plan to protect choice includes both of these legislative moves plus…

  • creating federal, statutory rights that parallel the constitutional right in the Roe v. Wade decision,
  • passing laws that preempt state efforts to limit reproductive health care,
  • guaranteeing reproductive health care coverage as part of all health coverage, including Medicare for All, and
  • ensuring equal access and reproductive justice by providing access to contraception, sex education, maternity care, adequate wages, and more.

Remember that even if you live in a blue state, reproductive rights may still be under threat. So, no sitting on the sidelines.

And finally, we want to emphasize that talking about this issue with family and friends, and sharing your own personal experience with abortion can change hearts and minds. We also encourage you to check out the #YouKnowMe to read other’s stories and share them in your online communities.

So, if protecting quality reproductive health care and justice is important to you, be sure to hit the share buttons to spread the word about Defending and Strengthening Reproductive Justice Beyond Roe vs. Wade via social media so that others in your network can spread the word too.

 

TAKE ACTION!

*REMINDER: Abortion is still legal in all 50 states*

Become an abortion clinic escort:

Support organizations helping people access reproductive care:

National Org: 

Local/Regional Orgs:

Excerpt from The Cut article "What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans":

  • Access Reproductive Care - Southeast: ARC is a volunteer organization that helps families in 12 states across the southeast access reproductive care.
  • National Network of Abortion Funds: NNAF is a network of more than 80 funds in at least 38 states that seeks to eliminate economic barriers for low-income individuals seeking an abortion.
  • The Yellowhammer Fund: Based in Alabama, Yellowhammer not only provides funding for abortions at one of the city’s three clinics, but also helps with other barriers to access patients may face, such as travel or lodging. (Yellowhammer is part of NNAF.)
  • Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: Run entirely by volunteers, the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund helps people access abortion, and provides both support and resources to parents.
  • Women Have Options: This Ohio-based organization provides financial assistance and support to low-income patients seeking reproductive care, abortion included.
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: NAPAWF is a multi-issue community-organizing and policy-advocacy organization that fights for policy changes that would benefit women, transgender, and non-binary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
  • Gateway Women’s Access Fund: Based in Missouri, Gateway provides both educational and financial support to people in the state who can’t afford the full cost of an abortion.

Push politicians and candidates to support: 

Read Sen. Warren's Multi-Point Plan to Protect Choice

Talk to friends and family about this issue, share your story & check out the #YouKnowMe hashtag.

EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE

What You Can Do to Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans (The Cut)

The corporations backing Alabama's war on women (Popular Information)

When life begins and ends (Washington Post)

A woman signed Alabama’s abortion ban into law. We need to talk about that. (Think Progress)

 

Posted May 31, 2019; Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Hear the segment in the context of Best of the Left Edition #1277: We have entered a new stage of attacks on abortion


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