The Fight For Repro Rights: What You Can Do Today
Unless you’ve been living under some kind of magical rock (in which case we’ll trade you unlimited baby names for your GPS coordinates), you already know what we’re about to tell you: Last week, Kay Ivey, the governor of Alabama, signed the country’s most restrictive abortion bill into law. Under this law, abortion is banned unless the mother’s health is in serious risk or the fetus has a lethal anomaly. There is no exception for rape. There is no exception for incest.
It is hard for us, as it is for many of you, to imagine a reality where such a law is exists—and yet here we are. After taking the week to scream, cry, and hug our baby girls just a little bit closer, we’re ready to fight. You with us? Here’s what we can do right now.
Outraged? Say so. This is not the time to stay quiet. Whether you put a sign in your window, post (credibly sourced) information about anti-abortion laws on your social media channels, form a grassroots group in your neighborhood, name your baby Roe (nope, not kidding—that is one seriously badass name), or go for the gold, know that your voice can make a difference.
Planned Parenthood needs more help right now than ever. In the wake of last week’s news, its Southeast branch, which covers Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, was forced to set up a new automated phone line to help field the thousands of panicked callers seeking information. (The line assures women that abortions in these states are still safe, legal, and very much available). Whether you’re interested in making phone calls from your living room or volunteering as a clinic escort, there are many, many ways to get involved.
Local grassroots organizations are forming all over the place. Supporting this one, which uses donations to help cover procedure costs, transportation, childcare, lodging, and more for women all over the country, is an easy way to help your sisters near and far.
THE YELLOWHAMMER FUND
There are three abortion clinics in Alabama, and this incredible fund exists to ensure that everyone who lives there has access to them. Your donation will help a woman in need receive safe, quality care, and every dollar makes a difference. (Since last week alone, they’ve received enough donations to fund three times as many abortions as they did last year!)
The ubiquitous nonprofit provides unparalleled reproductive healthcare and education in 50 states. And while Planned Parenthood Southeast is most vulnerable right now for obvious reasons, a donation of any amount helps ensure that its clinics around the country remain a safe haven for women who have nowhere else to turn.
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Your support helps fight the nationwide assault aimed at overturning Roe vs. Wade. (To receive updated information about ways to take action and support the ACLU in this battle, you can also take their pledge)
NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League)
This group has made it its mission to fight for reproductive freedom for every person in every state. Founded in 1969 with the belief that abortion should be legal and accessible, its 2 million members work with state affiliates to protect and expand abortion access nationwide. Remember, even a small contribution can help.
THE SAVE ABANDONED BABIES FOUNDATION
This amazing nonprofit works tirelessly to save babies from being abandoned in dumpsters and other unsafe environments. Since the foundation’s inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered to Safe Havens nationally and adopted into loving families. The sad reality is that laws like the one signed last week means this number will rise—and that’s exactly why we’ve committed to donating a portion of our profits to this incredible cause.
PAY IT FORWARD
The 2020 election is just around the corner, and you can take an active role in protecting reproductive freedom by donating to or campaigning for a pro-choice candidate. Want to learn more about the candidates? We found this article very informative.