The likely death of Roe v. Wade has inspired unprecedented press coverage of abortion rights, and how they preserve equal access to opportunities and full human dignity. The truth, though, is that abortion does not have to be illegal for it to become inaccessible. As clinics continue to close, politicians work to delay access to abortion, and fake clinics seek to intimidate abortion seekers, more people who need abortions can’t get them. And even when they can, they may need to travel out of state or seek later abortions–both of which drive up the cost and stress of what should be an easy and accessible procedure.
So what can you do to help right now? Here are four things you can do right now to help abortion seekers and help increase abortion access to those who may struggle with finding the care they need.
Give Directly to People Who Need Abortions
You can often do the most good by giving close to home–to friends, family, or acquaintances in need. You won’t get a tax deduction, but you’ll see the real-world benefits of your money and support. If someone you love needs an abortion and needs help, start there.
Give to Abortion Funds
Numerous funds pool resources to support abortion clinics and individual abortion seekers. Give to ARC Southeast or the National Network of Abortion Funds to make your dollar count.
Support Your Local Clinic
Many abortion clinics offer financial support to people in need. Contact them and ask if you can give to a fund. You don’t have to have a lot of cash to make a difference, either. Volunteering as a clinic escort is a great way to support people who need abortions at a time when they may face aggressive protesters and the anxiety of a stigmatized medical procedure. Find an abortion clinics.
Give to Trustworthy, Vetted Organizations
As with every crisis, some organizations have sought to capitalize on people’s desperation and desire to help. These organizations do little or nothing to help, all while using donor funds to pad their bank accounts, or creating buzz to gain public attention and acclaim. Before giving to any organization, make sure you have a clear understanding of how they will use that money. Is it going to go into a marketing budget? Help fund a retreat for people already making plenty of money? Or will it serve the people who most need help, and meet abortion seekers on their own terms, centering their needs?
ProPublica provides reports on the work of most nonprofits. You can see exactly where the money is going. You can also navigate to an organization’s About page for more details about how specifically they use the money.