Over the past year there has been legislation passed around the country (but vastly in the South East) that moves to restrict women’s access to safe abortions. Most recently, the bill passed by the Alabama senate on Tuesday and signed by Gov. Ivey on Wednesday amounts to a near total ban on abortions. Other states that have passed similar “heartbeat” legislation include Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia. The only sliver of good news here is that the Supreme Court has never upheld any ban on abortions in the first trimester, despite attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade.
While the most recent legislation does not go into effect until six months from signing, there is still much work to be done to ensure that this never goes into effect. Groups such as the ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood are taking this to court to fight for the safety and right to choice for all women in Alabama as hordes of women and men take to the internet to share their disappointment, horror and to continue to raise their voices in support of our right to choose.
At times like this it can feel extremely overwhelming, so my first question is what can I do right now to assist in changing this? Here are a few things.
Donate to the ACLU
Donate to Planned Parenthood
Donate to the Center For Reproductive Rights
Donate to Yellow Hammer Fund
Call your representation
Raise your voice - join organizations doing the work, run for positions of power
At times this really, truly doesn’t feel like enough. So, I encourage you to take this time to add volunteering to your schedule if you are able. Planned Parenthood is a great place to start. Here is a link to all of the ways that you can volunteer your time.
Did I miss anything? Chime in with other ways that you are providing assistance.