This week, we learned of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion confirming that the right to an abortion as we’ve known it for the past 50 years is set to end later this summer. If this legislation holds, it will mean that more than half of the US states will outlaw or severely restrict access to safe abortions. This will impact the health and wellness of all women around the country by not only forcing women to carry out full term pregnancies against their will, but also leave agency over women’s bodies entirely dependent on where we live.
While this news is nothing short of infuriating, there are a few things we can do to mitigate the damage and help people who need abortion care. Here are a few simple yet powerful actions you to benefit the health and wellness of women in need:
Donate to a local abortion fund
Abortion funds are crucial for patients in need of financial or logistical support to access abortion resources, particularly for women who need to travel to get the procedure done. Abortion funds are often underfunded when compared to other national organizations, like Planned Parenthood, making donations to these organizations incredibly helpful. This list outlines funds in every state, beginning with places facing particularly hostile legislation and need the most support.
Show up at a protest
The week of May 8th - 14th is a planned national week of action and resistance, and the Rise Up for Abortion Rights has organized suggested plans for nationwide action you can take. There will be several rallies and protests across the country you can attend to show your opposition to the Court’s likely ruling. You can find your local protest here.
Call your lawmakers
The Women’s Health Protection Act looks to protect the right to an abortion by codifying Roe’s provisions into federal law. Although the measure passed in the House, conservatives blocked it in the Senate earlier this spring. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that he will hold another vote on the bill, so you can still call your senators and tell them to support it. You can also contact your state lawmakers to tell them that you oppose anti-abortion laws.
Despite these scary and frustrating times, we hope these simple actions provide a way to channel our anger and help women in need. No matter who you are or where you live, we believe everyone deserves access to health and wellness resources without barriers or political interference.