In the News:
Check out this video. Donations are drying up in the red states where abortion is illegal, but the need is strongest there to continue the work. Contraception, prenatal care and safe aftercare for miscarriages is still needed. In Alabama, Black infant and maternal mortality are some of the highest in the nation. Folks are getting abortion pills online and need safe aftercare, since ERs won't help them. PLEASE donate to Yellowhammer Fund in Tuscaloosa and/or the Roe Center in Huntsville. Every dollar is needed as donations are drying up. From one abortion provider: "Honestly I'm struggling out here. No one wants to fund a clinic unless it explicitly provides abortion. They would much rather spend $2000 on helping one person leave the state for a blue abortion that takes a week, than that same amount providing follow up for 10 women right here where they live in Alabama"
Yellowhammer Fund: https://action.yellowhammerfund.org/a/wawc
Roe Center: https://www.roecenter.org/donate
July 21, 2022:
A long week of court battles, clinic closures, and uncertainty. Many courts have stopped laws totally banning abortions, but state governments opposing women's right to choose their own body autonomy have threatened to retroactively charge those aiding and abetting women getting abortions with felonies. Most clinics in these trigger states do not want to put their staff at risk of jail time, so have stopped providing abortions at this time. Below is news this week:
- The House passed legislation 7/21/22 to codify access to contraception nationwide with all but eight Republicans voting in opposition. The Right To Contraception Act would establish a federal right to purchase and use contraception without government restriction. The measure, however, is expected to fail in the evenly divided Senate, where the measure will need 60 votes to break a likely Republican filibuster. A federal appeals court panel, meanwhile, allowed a Georgia law banning abortions after about six weeks to go into effect. In the ruling, the panel wrote that the Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade “makes clear that no right to abortion exists under the Constitution, so Georgia may prohibit them.” The court’s opinion also referred to the health care providers who filed the lawsuit as “abortionists,” rather than “plaintiffs.” (NBC News / New York Times / Axios / Wall Street Journal)
- Indiana's Senate leaders announced their plans to introduce a total abortion ban during special session next week. The ban would give exceptions to rape, incest, and the life of pregnant person, giving the state the power to decide who is deserving of essential healthcare. With an anti-abortion Governor, Attorney General, and supermajority in both the House and Senate, this ban is expected to pass.
Indiana's special session puts Hoosiers at-risk of losing their 7 abortion clinics in the state, including Whole Woman’s Health of South Bend. None of these clinics can stay open on exceptions alone, so access will be nonexistent. This comes at a time when our South Bend clinic is needed most. Since the fall of Roe, our call volume has doubled due to restrictions in other states, with appointment requests coming in from Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, Kentucky, and more. For many, traveling for abortion care is not even an option.
Right now, Whole Woman’s Health of South Bend is flooded with calls from Hoosiers who are fearful that next week they may no longer be able to get the abortion they need.
- Georgia’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Begins Immediately After Court Ruling A federal appeals court panel immediately allowed a Georgia law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy to go into effect on Wednesday, ending a yearslong battle over one of the country’s most restrictive laws.
From Reproductive Health Access Project: As states pass more bans and regulations on abortion, there are rising concerns that private digital data can be used by anti-abortion groups to prosecute people who seek information about and access abortion care online. This tactic is not new; individuals have been prosecuted in the past based on Google searches. More recently, you may have also heard about period-tracking apps that store and sell data on users’ menstrual cycles. While all of this can seem scary and overwhelming, there are ways for you to limit your risk and protect your digital privacy. We recommend you check out the resources shared below!
The Digital Defense Fund is an organization that does digital security for the abortion access movement. DDF has an extensive resource library to help you learn more about protecting yourself and your community from common digital threats.
Use this website to check if your email and passwords have been in any website data breaches.
How to blur your home on Google maps by Privacy Please
In addition to using these resources to check up on your own digital security, please share information widely with your communities! It’s up to us to protect each other.
July 14, 2022:
Several wins we can be happy about:
July 7, 2022:
Whole Women's Health is opening up an abortion clinic in New Mexico! Any financial support, whether by grants, gifts, or loans/mortgage assistance welcome! Here is a link to a GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/f/whole-womans-health-moving-to-new-mexico?blm_aid=967130113
From Ms Magazine, the three judge dissent on the Dobbs decision can be read here (https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/19-1392_6j37.pdf)
As California, New York, New Mexico and other progressive states prepare for increased requests for abortions from out-of-state pregnant people, New York prepares: https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/7/5/23195594/nyc-doctors-doulas-activists-prep-influx-abortion-seekers-roe-dobbs?utm_campaign=mailchimp&utm_source=daily&utm_medium=newsletter
July 5, 2022: Michigan governor tries to gain right to abortion before next election: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/07/01/michigan-abortion-protect-rights-whitmer-zeleny-pkg-ebof-vpx.cnn
July 4, 2022:
New York Times: New fronts in abortion wars: state supreme courts: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/06/us/abortion-state-supreme-courts.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20220706
NY Times: Abortion Laws around the world: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/03/world/abortion-laws-international.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20220706
Protesters again gather at Capitol in Raleigh to decry Supreme Court abortion ruling
Kentucky attorney general asks state Supreme Court to reinstate abortion ban: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/3545725-kentucky-attorney-general-asks-state-supreme-court-to-reinstate-abortion-ban/
Michigan's Trump-backed secretary of state nominee compares abortion to 'child sacrifice' See: https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/07/04/kristina-karamo-abortion-child-sacrifice-trump-michigan-secretary-of-state-nominee-newsroom-kaczynski-vpx.cnn
June 30, 2022:
NY Times — A law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy violates privacy protections in the Florida Constitution, a state judge ruled on Thursday, a day before the new restrictions were to take effect.
In a defeat for the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, Judge John C. Cooper of the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Tallahassee ruled from the bench to block the law, which Mr. DeSantis signed in April. Florida currently allows abortions until 24 weeks, making the state a refuge for women seeking the procedure from across Southeastern states with tighter restrictions... see more by clicking on the following link:
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.
Listen to Robin Marty speak on NPR: https://www.npr.org/2022/06/24/1107531721/patients-in-trigger-law-states-reorient-after-access-to-abortion-care-halts
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.
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.
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."
- Amy Hagstrom Miller, CEO of Whole Women's Health on MSNBC 11th Hour
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