Help Fight The Abortion Ban in Texas & Support Abortion Rights Across the United States
Abortion clinics, restorative justice funds, and advocacy groups need our support now more than ever. Facing heightened threats to abortion access, a near-total ban on abortions effective in Texas, and no help from the Supreme Court - what is there left to do to protect abortion rights in the United States?
THIS IS HOW YOU CAN: protect abortion as a healthcare right and advocate for reproductive justice organizations. Here are some pre-vetted ways you can fight the abortion ban in Texas and support abortion care and access:
There is inherent white privilege seeped in the pro-life movement, and the recent abortion ban in Texas is only the latest in the long and racist history of abortion and midwifery bans. You can learn more about the current abortion restriction laws that may be introduced or passed recently in your state.
In addition to providing every educational resource you could want about abortion and how it works, We Testify is an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions. Conceived in Frida Kahlo's backyard in Mexico City at 'La Casa Azul' while founder, Renee Bracey Sherman, was there for a staff retreat with the National Network of Abortion Funds. Years later, the spirit infusing We Testify remains. Inspired by Frida Kahlo's work as a freedom fighter, a disability justice activist, an artist, an intergenerational storyteller who shared about her miscarriages and reproduction through art. Each storyteller that is part of We Testify is also fighting for freedom, telling intergenerational stories about reproduction and abortion. We Testify is a home and a creative space to explore all of the power and possibilities that abortion storytellers can imagine. Immerse yourself in learning All About Abortion and listening to Our Stories.
Want to go into a deep dive into the history of reproductive justice in America and make the commitment to add a new book to your TBR? Check out 'Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice' by Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena R. Gutierrez. Available for purchase on Amazon and BookShop.org.
Chip in For Texas Abortion Funds via ActBlue and support several simultaneously. Your contribution will be split evenly between 11 incredible organizations: Jane's Due Process, Whole Woman's Health Alliance, Inc., Frontera Fund, West Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Fund Texas Choice, Clinic Access Support Network, Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, the Lilith Fund, and The Bridge Collective. You can support Independent Abortion Clinics at Keep Our Clinics.
Make sure to center organizations led by individuals who don't identify as heterosexual, white, cis males. Here are some BIPOC-led organizations protecting abortion as a right:
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national-state partnership focused on lifting up the voices of Black women leaders at the national and regional levels in our fight to secure Reproductive Justice for all women, femmes, and girls. Our eight strategic partners are Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, Inc. SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center and Women With A Vision. Donate here.
Sister Song is a national membership organization formed in 1997 by 16 organizations of women of color to uplift the needs and interests of their communities. Donate here.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice builds Latina/x power to fight for the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity, and justice. Donate here.
Ancient Song Doula Services is a community-based doula organization that has provided over 500 of New York City’s parents with personalized, comprehensive, and culturally-relevant care; trained and certified over 300 doulas nationally; demanded justice for Black women and families; and spearheaded the fight against racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity since its founding in 2008. Donate here
URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equality) is driven by young leaders. Building infrastructure through campus chapters and Community Activist Networks, URGE invites individuals to discover their own power and transform it into action. Together, URGE members educate their communities and advocate for local, state, and national policies in solidarity with other justice focused groups. Donate here.
The Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center's reproductive justice program works with a national, broad-based, and diverse coalition of Native American, women’s health, and civil liberties organizations to move forward an Agenda to protect our health and Human Rights. Donate here.
Volunteer as an abortion-clinic escort, accompanying women seeking reproductive care on the walk from their transportation to the clinic. To find your local clinics, visit the websites for the National Abortion Federation and Abortion Care Network, both of which have maps that will show you all the abortion-providing clinics in each state. Then, once you’ve decided on a place or two where you’d like to volunteer, reach out to the clinics to inquire about their needs.
Join Planned Parenthood’s broader Clinic Defender program - advocate “to bring national attention to local fights, empowering local organizers and activists to make a real impact.”
Continue to openly discuss the importance of abortion as a health care procedure and share safe options for abortion via the National Network of Abortion Funds.
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