How to Support People in States Where Abortion Is Under Threat

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Right by You

Missouri was one of the first states to outlaw abortion in the days after Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, barring medical emergencies. In Missouri there are no exceptions for rape or incest, and according to doctors in the state, “medical emergency” has not been clearly defined by the law.

Advocacy group Right by You is described on its website as a “youth-focused text line connecting Missourians to abortion care, birth care, adoption and parenting supports, birth control, and information about their rights.” They do not provide funding directly to those seeking abortions; instead, their services are informational and seek to educate youth about the full range of reproductive health care options—including abortion care. They are actively seeking both funding and volunteers to help ensure Missourians’ access to reproductive health care. Those hoping that their donations will specifically help women who cannot afford abortions should consider donating to the Missouri Abortion Fund.

The Hoosier Abortion Fund

While abortion is still technically legal in Indiana, lawmakers in the state are champing at the bit to reverse course. The 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 advice beyond abortion support services. Those in financial need simply have to say so when they call their All-Options Talkline.

Women Have Options

Ohio bans abortion after six weeks—again, before most women even know or show signs that they’re pregnant—and does not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest. According to abortionfunds.org—the national network of abortion funds run by individual members and supported by donations—Women Have Options (WHO) is an Ohio-based service that works with most clinics in the state. While they do not provide assistance directly to individuals, they provide grants to clinics that assist patients in need of financial assistance.

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.

The Kansas Abortion Fund

Because every abortion fund is different, it’s necessary to investigate how your donation will be spent. Some funds assist women in affording abortion directly, while others provide logistical and practical support for related expenses. In an interview with The Kansas City Star, Sandy Brown—president of the Kansas Abortion Fund—explained how her organization supports women: “A lot of funds have practical support, which is transportation, gas, childcare, lodging,” she said. “We work in concert with the clinics to fund abortion for people who don’t have the funds to pay for abortion care.”

The Kansas Abortion Fund could also use your help, in a state where antichoice activists are working to change the state constitution by eliminating the right to abortion care.

On one hand, the very need for these organizations is a maddening reminder of how, no matter where you live, our representatives’ mistresses will always have access to safe abortions. But it often takes grassroots efforts to effect change in the face of those hellbent on society’s decline. And when it all gets a bit too overwhelming, these organizations are also a reminder that there are innumerable people working on behalf of women’s humanity. In donating, we can do our part to assist them.

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