There have been several weeks ago The U.S. Supreme Court annulled 50 years of established precedent of reproductive rights. The cultural analyzes, personal narratives and studies that can best be described as horror stories have since predictably emerged at the top of the news cycle.
For example, Texas highlighted as a model for what is to come, and several media outlets reported on a teenager who found out she was pregnant with twins 48 hours before the abortion ban in Texas. Also known as scientifically inaccurate Texas Heartbeat Actthe ban came into force in September 2021. The teenager wanted an abortion but could not access one in her home state – a catastrophic predicament that many women will soon face or now face.
In states where politicians are foaming at the mouth to criminalize not only abortion but also failed pregnancies, a recent Washington Post op-ed highlights the real potential for women to experience abortion “will bleed to death on their bathroom floors if they are afraid of getting medical help ”as a result of the Supreme Court ruling.
Most recently, the nation experienced a 10-year rape victim who was forced to travel across state borders to end his pregnancy. Ohio – her home state –prohibits abortions after an arbitrary six weekswhich is, statistically, before a third of women even know they are pregnant.
Since Dobbs vs. Jackson ordermore than half of all states are safe or likely to go fast to ban abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an organization committed to promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Only 16 states and Washington, DC have laws that protect the right to abortion, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues. And it has been widely reported that the Supreme Court’s decision will disproportionately affect colored women and low-income women.
When the news came, I immediately donated to well-known reproductive rights organizations such as Planned Parenthood, from which I sought health care in my early 20s, as I did not have the necessary insurance to keep up with cancer screenings and general reproductive care. But I quickly marveled at the states that were under immediate threat and sought to learn about some of the more local and local efforts to provide reproductive health care to women living in such states. The following is a short list of organizations that seek to help women in states that refuse to recognize them as autonomous people.
TEA (Texas Equal Access) Fund
Right by you
Missouri var one of the first states to ban abortion in the days after Dobbs vs. Jackson decision, with the exception of medical emergencies. In Missouri there is no exceptions for rape or incestand according to doctors in the state, “medical emergency” has not been clearly defined by law.
Advocate group Right by you described on its website as a “youth-focused line of text linking Missourians to abortion care, maternity care, adoption and parental support, contraception and information about their rights.” They do not provide funding directly to those seeking abortion; instead, their services are informative and seek to educate young people about the full range of reproductive health care opportunities—including abortion care. They are actively seeks both funds and volunteers to help ensure Missourians’ access to reproductive health care. Those who hope that their donations will specifically help women who cannot afford abortion should consider donating to Missouri Abortion Fund.
Hoosier Abortion Fund
While abortion is still technically legal in Indiana, state lawmakers are fighting for it to turn the course. That Hoosier Abortion Fund provides abortion assistance (as well as other pregnancy options) to women in need of their services, which include adoption services, pregnancy support, diaper programs and parenting counseling in addition to abortion support services. Those in financial need should simply say so when they call their All-Options Talkline.
Women have opportunities
Ohio bans abortion after six weeks – again before most women even know or show signs of being pregnant – and does not exceptions in case of rape or incest. According to abortfonde.org—The national network of abortion funds run by individual members and supported by donations—Women have choices (WHO) is an Ohio-based service that works with most clinics in the state. Although they do not provide assistance directly to individuals, they do provide grants to clinics that help patients in need of financial assistance.
The WHO, like most other reproductive rights funds, relies on grants from organizations and individuals to stay afloat and provide the best possible care for women (and, as we saw in Ohio, pregnant children) in need.
Kansas Abortion Fund
Because each abortion fund is different, it is necessary to research how your donation will be used. Some foundations help women provide abortion directly, while others provide logistical and practical support for related expenses. IN an interview with Kansas City Star, Sandy Brown – president of the Kansas Abortion Fund – explained how her organization supports women: “Many funds have practical support, which is transportation, gas, child care, lodging,” she said. “We work with the clinics to fund abortion for people who do not have the funds to pay for abortion treatment.”
On the one hand, the very need for these organizations is an insane reminder of how no matter where you live, mistresses of our representatives will always have access to safe abortions. But it often requires a grassroots effort to create change in the face of those who are crazy about the decline of society. And when it all gets a little too overwhelming, these organizations are also a reminder that there are countless people working on behalf of women’s humanity. By donating, we can do our part to help them.