Limited access to abortion is a public health issue: How you can help
Roe vs. Wade was overturned two weeks ago. Access deserts quickly popped up, as shown in red on the Kaiser Family Foundation figure below. This will only grow with time.
Although the Biden administration announced an executive order to protect access to reproductive health care services (including IUDs, interstate travel, data privacy, and legal services), it’s not clear how much rubber will hit the road. For example, it doesn’t fund interstate travel and doesn’t direct the Department of Justice to sue states that ban abortion pills.
Severely restricting access to care will (or already does) have a direct impact on the short- and long-term health of individuals seeking abortions and our broader community. It will be a public health disaster for decades to come.
Last week, I sat down with Robin Marty to discuss access, how it affects individuals and communities, and what we can do to help right now and in the long term. Robin is the Director of Operations at an abortion clinic in Alabama and author of Handbook for a Post-Roe America: The Complete Guide to Abortion Legality, Access, and Practical Support.
Listen to our conversation here:
During our chat, multiple organizations were mentioned. Here are their direct links:
AidAccess.org (a group based in Austria that can mail the same abortion-inducing medication)
Donate to clinics (if possible, make recurring donation rather than one-time)
Brigid Alliance (volunteers in NY who provide homes for later abortions)
Here’s how to locate your closest local abortion clinic for support (email and be patient)
In case you missed it:
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