In the News:  

June 28, 2022:

Whole Women's Health challenge to the Texas trigger ban banning all abortions in the state is upheld, and a TRO in place to stop the total ban on abortions in Texas.  Abortion is still only legal thru approximately 6 weeks, but clinics are re-opening early terminations.  How do you measure 6 weeks pregnancy?  If you are expecting your period, it’s one day late, and you take a pregnancy test, if it comes back positive, you are considered 4 weeks + 1 day into your pregnancy. A pregnancy is calculated from the first day of your last menstrual cycle.

So you could have had sex 2 weeks ago, conceived and be 4 weeks pregnant by how this is calculated. 2 weeks after you missed your period, you are 6 weeks pregnant.

 

Friday, June 24, 2022:

Roe v Wade is overturned on in a deeply partisan vote of the Supreme Court of the USA. Disregarding almost 50 years of precedence, in blatant disregard for our Constitutional right to Privacy, over half of the population in the USA lost their rights to decide their own  medical treatment and body autonomy. This Washington Post article has some maps that tell the story of what our future holds in stark terms. Where will these women go?  Poor women will not have the resources, time, and childcare to take off work for several days to travel across the country where abortions are legal. Most will either end up finding pills to take to end their pregnancy, or will be forced to have a child they either can't afford, can't take care of, or don't want for a myriad of reasons.

To date,

  • 86 bills to restrict or outright ban the procedure have been introduced in 31 states this year alone.  

  • Eight bans have been enacted in 2022, with two being blocked by lower courts. 

  • Thirteen states have so-called "trigger laws," which are bans designed to go into effect if Roe is overturned.​

 

26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion outright. This is appalling and unacceptable for a country that claims to support human rights. Abortion bans do nothing to change the need for abortion or help prevent unplanned pregnancy. They simply block people from accessing safe abortion care from trusted providers, and force people to spend more, travel further and risk bad outcomes as safe medical choices are fewer and harder to access.

This is the biggest attack on women in our lifetime.

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?

We must double down by putting pressure on Congress, by flooding your congress person’s Inbox and telling POTUS they need to do better, and protect abortion. It means voting in the midterms to make sure your votes go in support of abortion access and donating to abortion funds (especially in Red states). It means being ready to march, and protest, write letters to the Editor in your local press, talk about your abortions and end the taboo.

  • The deep South and other red states are already being left behind by national abortion rights organizations who are directing money to northern/western states where abortion remains legal.  There is no comprehensive strategy for the South and they are being written off as a lost cause.  But there are huge numbers of women, especially women of color, who are going to be left behind by this strategy; it means essentially giving up on the poor, the undocumented, the disabled, and simply anyone who cannot travel out of state for whatever reason. 

  • Independent clinics in red states are a safe haven and can still provide essential services---health care, contraception and especially abortion aftercare in places where hospitals are NOT SAFE. 

  • Donating directly to local organizers and providers on the ground is still the best way to ensure that a huge population of women are NOT left behind!  In the current climate, resources donated to national organizations and funds in states where abortion is legal will not make their way to independent providers and activists in the deep South and other red states. 

POLITICAL ACTION:
The only pathway for legal abortion is a federal bill or a restructured Supreme Court. How do we change the political climate and support women's right to choose:  Most of the national candidates have good fundraising already. The exception is Catherine Cortez Masto. She has a tough challenger, and her race will turn on the abortion issue.
The other races of interest at Maggie Hassen in New Hampshire, John Fetterman in Pennsylvania, and Cheri Beasley in North Carolina.
The governor’s races in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan will also be critical to the future of abortion in those states.
In August there will be a ballot initiative in Kansas to eliminate the state constitutional protection for abortion. This will be the first public fight on abortion since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. We need to win this fight as Kansas is now serving all of Texas and Oklahoma. The Kansas ballot is being organized/funded by the Kansans for Constitutional Freedom.  
There are 4 Blue Senate seats in play, including NM & NH; 7 Red Senate seats including PA & NC with no incumbent running. All the Blue seats are defensible. At least 4 of the Red seats are pretty vulnerable. Watch polls in NM, NH, AZ and GA; PA, NC, WI, IA, OH, FL and MO - watch these races and start donating in September. There are also close House races in CA; Fresno could flip. Katie Porter needs to win.

In November there will be a ballot initiative in Michigan. Signatures being gathered now. If you want to hold back some money, there will be a need for funds once that ballot fight is live.

The only C-4 doing work that is actually moving the needle on repro and may defend against a bad compromise bill is All Above All Action Fund

From Maggie: Considering the recently announced decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, one course of action is to fund the fight in "red" states. In Nebraska, a trigger ban was defeated in April 2022. This was an ENORMOUS WIN for women in Nebraska and surrounding states. The governor has promised to call a special session to re-introduce legislation. 

 

In response, a group of local female physicians formed the Campaign for a Healthy Nebraska PAC. This group is committed to supporting and providing obstetrical and gynecologic health care to the people of Nebraska. Dr. Meghan Oakes is one of the founders. 

You can donate online at: paypal.me/healthyNE Please forward this message.

Another group is: We Testify. "They are the only group doing accountability for Biden" https://www.wetestify.org/mobile

 

SASS which promotes safe self managed Medical Abortions, without going to clinics at all (https://www.peacedevelopmentfund.org/.../self-managed.../)

Abortion Action Front (https://www.aafront.org/) which does direct actions nationwide.

Donations to any of the clinics in the Deep South or Texas:

 W. Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa, AL (https://alabortionclinic.com/)

 Roe Center (https://www.roecenter.org/) in Huntsville, AL,

 Whole Women's Health (and their non profit, WWH Alliance) https://www.wholewomanshealthalliance.org/contact-us/ "

Texas was the first state to ban legal abortions after only 6 weeks.  Here are a few thing you can do right now to ensure people in Texas can access abortion care: 

 

  • Donate to Texas abortion funds: Local abortion funds are on the ground every day helping Texans with emotional, financial, and practical support for abortion care. 

  • Keep our clinics: Support independent community providers who provide the majority of abortion care in the U.S.

  • Share NeedAbortion.org: Now is the time to connect people seeking abortions with the information and resources they need to access care. 

  • Talk about abortion: Messaging matters because it can help move people from judgment to empathy. Talk to your community about abortion to end stigma and affirm people who have abortions. 

  • Follow @lilithfund on social media: We’ll be posting about local actions in Texas happening today and throughout the week, and different ways for you to get involved. 

Here is what you can do right now along with some resources that may be helpful:

  • Support your local abortion fund.

  • If you work in primary care, join our Reproductive Health Access Network, to work both nationally and in your community to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care.

  • National organizations are calling on people to show up at courthouses, statehouses, and town squares. To find an event in your city, go to: https://map.wewontgoback.com/?blm_aid=967130113&fbclid=IwAR2C8bviuYv9FCrulQyIakaODVfvB_4UTDdR3pbPp96OTilH9P1HWkBv6FE

  • Take part in the Liberate Abortion campaign.

  • M+A Hotline: a confidential, private and secure phone and text hotline for people in need of support for self-managed miscarriage or abortion.

  • If you have questions about self-managed abortion and the law, @ifwhenhow can help. The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential source for legal advice and information on self-managed abortion. Visit ReproLegalHelpline.org or call 844-868-2812.

  • INeedanA.com Find a clinic - to find vetted, up to date, and personalized info on how to get an abortion ; no search or user data saved

 

This ruling will reshape American life. The next nightmare scenario, which seems increasingly likely, is that the pro-life movement will move to the next stage of its agenda: fetal personhood, which would outlaw abortion even in blue states that attempt to protect the procedure. Justice Clarence In the overturning of Roe v Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas concurred: 

"In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold (right of married persons to obtain contraceptives), Lawrence (right to engage in private, consensual sexual acts) and Obergefell (right to marry a person of the same sex)… We have a duty to correct the error established in those precedents."

 

Additional links:

- Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Women's Health on MSNBC 11th Hour

- Oklahoma Lawmakers Approve Texas-style ban on abortions

- Supermajority training to turn America Blue again