Peoplehood, Politics, Religion, Sex & Gender

What You Can Do to Help Expand Abortion Access, Starting Now

You do not have to wait for the next Texas-level emergency or next year’s High Holidays to support abortion access. Here’s what you can do right now.

Donate to and spread the word about abortion funds 

Texas abortion funds could use your help right now, and so can surrounding states, like Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, who will be (if they aren’t already) saturated with people seeking abortion care who can’t access it in Texas. For more information, visit the National Network of Abortion Funds

 

If you can’t afford to donate right now, spreading the word about abortion funds, urging others to donate, and taking other actions is also extremely important. We need everyone to do what they can. 

Tell your friends (and tell them to tell their friends) about self-managed abortion. 

Abortion pills allow us to be our own abortion providers, no matter where we live.  Mifepristone and misoprostol, or misoprostol on its own, can be used to terminate an early pregnancy (12 weeks or less), and they can be taken at home or in a place that’s safe. Abortion pills are extremely effective and safe to use, and they do not need to be prescribed by a healthcare provider, you can get them, as well as more information about them at Plan C and SASS

Use gender inclusive terms when you talk about abortion. 

Folks of all genders get abortions, so be conscious of using terms like “abortion-seekers,” “people who get abortions,” and “their abortions,” instead of always centering cis-women. 

 

Crush abortion stigma. 

We all stigmatize abortion, even if we consider ourselves to be progressive people. Statements like “I could never have an abortion, but…” and “No one wants to have an abortion” not only negate the diverse realities and experiences of people who have abortions, but reinforce stigma, which is based in false and toxic ideas about abortion and the people who seek them, and place moral judgements on a medical procedure that everyone should have access to. To learn more about abortion stigma and how it impacts abortion access, check out this blog post and this one

 

Tell Your House and Senate to Codify Roe v. Wade

The Women’s Health Protection Act is federal legislation that would ensure that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, is the reality everywhere in the country. Right now, abortion is technically legal, but essential inaccessible for folks, primarily BIPOC, young people,those in rural areas, and LGBTIA folks, in many states (not just Texas), due to anti-choice regulations and the burdens that result from them. WHPA would legislate not only a healthcare provider’s right to provide abortion care, but a patient’s right to access abortion without bans and regulations in their way. 

 

Amplify Jewish Organizational Efforts for Abortion Access 

People of faith have abortions. Jews have abortions. Attempts to eradicate access to abortion are a violation of separation of church and state. Follow 73Forward, a Jewish communal movement to provide abortion access, spear-headed by the National Council of Jewish Women, and also follow Jewish folks and organizations  who regularly talk about the importance of abortion access. 

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