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Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Michael Benjamin MD, Ft. Lauderdale Florida

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Michael Benjamin MD

(954) 720-7777

7777 North University Dr.
Suite 102
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33321

Florida abortion clinic

Michael Benjamin, MD is in a calming, private gynecology surgery center.

We offer the abortion pill and surgical abortions, from 3 weeks through the 24th week (second trimester abortion). The medical abortion (Abortion Pill) is available Monday – Saturday, and those appointments can be booked for the SAME DAY with our CRO (“Come Right Over”) service.

In addition to technical expertise, we have developed a special sensitivity to the emotional needs of women in their second trimester or later. We understand and support those patients and their families facing PREGNANCY LOSS and are faced with that heartbreaking choice of abortion care due to FETAL INDICATIONS, the health of the mother, or demise. Patients travel across the country and from overseas to be treated by Dr. Michael Benjamin. He and our other physicians offer care and support during this heartbreaking time by following our TLC Program for Therapeutic Patients.

If you need FINANCIAL FUNDING, just ONE CALL to us will ensure that your request will be treated with care and diligence. We are an abortion provider member of the National Abortion Federation (“NAF”) thus we meet all of the guidelines and regulations set by NAF.

We have been in continual practice since 1975 in Broward County. Our state of the art facility is located in Tamarac, Florida and is a TOP RATED abortion provider with hundreds of doctors and perinatologists from West Palm Beach, Boca, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area referring their patients to us for pregnancy termination. We are just a short drive from the airport in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

All appointments are CONFIDENTIAL. However, our Private Patients have special arrangements where their support person(s) can accompany them.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Pro-Choice Medical Center, Beverly Hills California

Beverly Hills abortion clinics - Pro-choice Medical Center

Pro-Choice Medical

99 North La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone: 310-846-8828

Abortion Specialist located in Beverly Hills, CA

Pro-choice Medical Center serves patients in Beverly Hills, California, providing abortion services to those who need them. The team at Pro-choice Medical Center offers first trimester abortion, second trimester abortion, and late term abortion. Patients can count on Dr. Josepha Seletz and her highly trained team for compassionate and skilled care. Dr. Seletz has been a practicing Ob-Gyn for more than 25 years and she now focuses exclusively on abortions.

Pro-choice Medical Center is a well respected and trusted facility among medical providers in California and throughout the entire United States. More than 1,000 obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine providers, and genetic counseling providers have referred their patients to Dr. Seletz at Pro-choice Medical Center.

At Pro-choice Medical Center, the patient’s privacy always comes first. The office is private and patients don’t have to deal with protesters. California state law doesn’t require parental consent for abortions in patients under the age of 18. When privacy is especially important, simply let the counselor know that identity should be kept anonymous. Pro-choice Medical Center won’t make contact with patients unless given expressed permission. Need to learn more? Call the office anytime to arrange an appointment.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Femi-Care Surgery Center, Baltimore Maryland

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Femi-Care Surgery Center

 

  • 66 Painters Mill Rd., Ste 106
  • Owings Mills, MD 21117
  • (443) 394-0523

 

Femi-Care Surgery Center is an abortion clinic in Baltimore, Maryland devoted to providing confidential and compassionate women’s health care and abortion services.

Our staff is dedicated to making our patients as comfortable as possible. We realize that some of you have had to make some difficult decisions that led you to our office. And for others you are seeking the same professional health care services that you have experienced at Femi-Care Surgery Center in the past.

Medical Abortion (RU486/Abortion Pill) up to 9 weeks

Surgical Abortion up to 14 weeks

GYN Services (Pap Smears, STD Testing & Treatment, etc.)

Family Planning Services

Learn About Us

Femi-Care Surgery Center is devoted to providing confidential women’s care with compassion. Our staff is dedicated to making our patients as comfortable as possible. We realize that you have had to make some difficult decisions that led you to our office.

Our location is in a PRIVATE office setting. We are one of the only state approved surgery centers that offers general anesthesia. We are also nationally recognized by American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (“AAAASF”).

Unlike other clinics, we also offer gynecological services.

Our surgery center is run by a single physician who has been in practice for over 25 years. Our facility is proud to offer personable, unbiased approach to our patients. Our staff also consists of CRNAs, RNs, and Medical Assistants, all of which provide you the best possible service we can.

We work with two abortion funds – DC Abortion Funds and Baltimore Abortion Funds. Helping individuals in Baltimore, MD who need abortion care but cannot afford the full cost of an abortion procedure.

Dr. Ford, Patriot and Hero, Tries To Save Us All

10 Things You Can Do to Protect Reproductive Rights, Stop Kavanaugh

Five women have now accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse. Yet just 32% of Americans say they believe her. Why is the collective voice of five women less important than the impotent denials of one man?

Why We Still Don’t Believe Women About Sexual Assault

In 2014, Bill Cosby’s first accuser came forward. Cosby had made rape jokes for years. Yet no one believed her. Dozens of survivors had to come forward before people were willing to consider the possibility that a woman might be telling the truth about a notoriously common crime. This week, many of Cosby’s survivors packed the court as he was sentenced to prison time.

We’ve constructed a collective narrative that makes women inherently unreliable. We dismiss women as hysterical exaggerators, as excessively emotional, as fame and status-seeking. We watch as women are destroyed by publicly coming forward. Yet we still insist that they’re doing it to get something.

How many of Cosby’s survivors can you name? Without Googling, I can’t name a single one. Clearly they’re not getting famous off of this. We all know this, deep down. We still insist that women are just so unreliable.

We hear stories of men who aren’t adequately punished for their crimes. Like the doctor who raped a patient and who will get no prison time. We watched as rapist Brock Turner was sentenced to a mere six months, and then witnessed headlines refer to him as a “Stanford swimmer” rather than a convicted sex abuser.

We don’t believe our lying eyes. We’d rather dismiss more than half of the population as frivolous liars than accept the glaring reality: men are abusing women at epidemic levels, and no woman is safe.

Christine Blasey Ford Stands Up for Us All

Our refusal to accept women as fully human, as reliable reporters of what they need and what has happened to them, is a major factor in our refusal to believe them when they say they need abortions. And now women across the nation are facing a terrifying reality: a man who attempted to rape at least one woman, and who likely sexually assaulted many more, may get to decide if rape victims get to have abortions—or if they are forced to birth a rapist’s baby, then fight with the rapist over child custody.

Courts are already ignoring Roe vs. Wade in anticipation of Kavanaugh’s appointment. Abortion clinics across the country are already forced to lie to women, to make them wait, to force them to look at images of fetuses.

Christine Blasey Ford is trying to save us from the terrifying reality of a sexual predator getting to decide what women do with their bodies. There’s nothing to gain here—only more trauma.

This week Brett Kavanaugh’s wife met reporters outside their home and gave them cupcakes. We’re supposed to see this as evidence of the Kavanaugh’s fundamental goodness. His wife makes cupcakes, for God’s sake! He was in the choir! He can’t be a sexual predator!

Doctor Ford had to flee her home after receiving death threats.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is what we do—often on a smaller scale—to women who come forward. We disbelieve them, or tell them it wasn’t that bad. And when they persist, we threaten them. We expose their most embarrassing secrets. We make them repeatedly relive their trauma as we expose them to new traumas. Then we ignore their pain, and tell them they’re only doing it to get famous. After all, everyone knows women are crazy.

Dr. Ford knows this. And yet as I write this, she heads to the Senate to open up her pain for everyone to see. She does this to protect us all—me, you, our daughters, our sons. We owe her a debt of gratitude. We give her death threats.

#MeToo: Women’s Collective Meltdown, and What Loved Ones Can Do to Help

I’ve always been skeptical of the #metoo movement. Rather than just believing social science research showing how common rape is, or caring about sexual abuse because it happens to people, we put the burden on women to prove that rape and other forms of sex abuse happen.

We can’t accept that women are human beings who matter, whether we know them or not. We can’t accept that when we post something on Facebook, a rape survivor is probably reading it. We can’t believe what’s obvious. So we demand that they relive the worst moments of their lives, answer questions about those moments, subject those moments to the judgments of men. Men get to decide if any individual rape was rapey enough to count.

I don’t think I should have to share my pain to prove that it happened. I don’t want to subject my own stories to others’ judgments. Women already carry the burden of so much trauma. To have to also convince men that the trauma is real, that it counts, that it matters, is too much.

We always ask too much of women.

We’re asking too much of Christine Ford right now. She’s rising to the occasion, and so I will, too:

Three years ago, outside of my favorite plant store, a man came up behind me, put his hand on my mouth, and tried to take off my clothes. He was bigger than me, and stronger, and there was no one nearby to help. I somehow managed to fight him off, just like Dr. Ford fought off Brett Kavanaugh.

It’s not the first time I’ve been sexually assaulted. Or the worst. But it’s the one that’s proven the most salient for me this week. It’s the one I keep reliving. Because men on social media keep saying this type of assault doesn’t matter. It’s just boys being boys. Just play. Don’t ruin a man’s life over some trivial roughhousing like attempted rape.

Thanks also to the many defenses I’ve seen on behalf of Kavanaugh, I know also that the family friend who spent years grabbing my butt every time he saw me is just having fun. I know that the man who chased me on the interstate and followed me to my office was just expressing romantic interest, that the dozens of men who have grabbed me over the years couldn’t help themselves. It doesn’t matter how I felt about it. What matters are the feelings of men.

I’ve had a headache for six days because I am so tense reading the many defenses of Kavanaugh. I look at my daughter and can’t bear the thought of sending her out into this world. I look on my social media feed and I see women repeatedly sticking their necks out, claiming their stories, standing up for other women. From men I mostly see silence. Or victim-blaming.

If you know anyone who is not a man, odds are good that person is highly triggered right now, or knows someone who is. They’re grappling with their own history of abuse, or with the possibility that if they ever are abused, no one will care. So to anyone who is lucky enough not to feel perpetually victimized by rape culture, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Know that everything you post on social media is being read by at least one person—and probably many—who have been sexually abused or raped.
  2. Know that the women you love are watching you. Your response to Trump, to Cosby, to Kavanaugh, and to other men who abuse women will determine whether they tell you their own stories.
  3. If you don’t know anyone who has been raped or abused, it’s not because the women in your life are lucky. It’s because they don’t trust you enough to tell you.
  4. Know that the way you talk about sexual abuse can be a form of secondary abuse. Survivors are listening and reading, and what you say is affecting them.
  5. Consider that you know at least one rapist. Twenty percent of American men admit to having sexually assaulted someone.

If someone in your life shares a story of abuse or says they are triggered:

  1. Resist the urge to offer advice. Abuse survivors are not stupid. We know that self-defense classes exist and that doors have locks. When you tell a survivor what she can do or should have done, you imply that the abuse was her fault. You position yourself as an authority on a topic with which the survivor has plenty of experience and you have none.
  2. Don’t tell a survivor what you would have done. You don’t know. You weren’t there.
  3. Assume the survivor is not only telling the truth, but that they are leaving out some of the worst details. Rather than assuming exaggeration and hysteria so you don’t have to face reality, sit with the reality of the abuse we force people to live with.
  4. Ask what you can do. Ask what she needs.
  5. Speak out. Tell men who silence abuse survivors or defend rape to shut the fuck up. Cut them out of your workplace, your social circle, your social media. Make them pay a social toll for their refusal to acknowledge women as human beings.

Doctor Ford, my hero, will begin testifying in an hour. She’s doing this for me, and for everyone like me. It’s one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen, and I wish we lived in a society that acknowledged her heroic act. I hope I would do the same.

Maybe one of the men who sexually assaulted me will one day be nominated for a position of power. Perhaps I’ll have the chance to bring what happened in the shadows to light, and force everyone to see them for what they really are. I’ll get death threats, but I’ll also get support.

Or maybe that will never happen. I’ll just continue getting headaches from the weight of the long history of abuse that we have collectively decided is the acceptable reality for women. I, like millions of others, will continue spending my life expending massive emotional energy dealing with all of this trauma. I’ll cultivate coping skills most men never have to consider. And when the next public sex abuse story bubbles up, men will yet again tell me to stop being so hysterical, so emotional.

After all, it’s not like a person was abused. Just a woman.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Family Reproductive Health, Charlotte North Carolina

Family Reproductive Health abortion clinic in Charlotte, NC

Family Reproductive Health

“We are a women’s health center specializing in family planning and abortion services. I began working here in 1982 and later became the owner of the clinic. As a nurse, a mother and a feminist, I wanted to create a different atmosphere for women confronting sexuality and pregnancy decisions. I have created a place for you to find and hear your own voice. So, in our clinic we tell the truth, we talk about the hard “stuff,” we laugh, we cry, and we hold women in high regard.” – Deborah Walsh, Executive Director/Owner

Family Reproductive Health abortion clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina offers a variety of family planning, GYN and abortion services. Our staff are well trained, skilled, compassionate and committed to providing high quality care. Women of all ages come to us for birth control, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, annual check-ups and Pap Smear tests, pregnancy tests, ultrasound dating of pregnancy, decision counseling surrounding pregnancy, and abortion services.

A woman experiences pregnancy with her physical as well as her emotional and spiritual being. We offer excellent medical care in a clean and safe environment. We go a step farther to pay attention to the other aspects of this decision. A woman’s head may be saying one thing and her heart another. Acknowledging the range of feelings will help a woman make the best decision for her life and move forward from a place of peace and power. Women are the gatekeepers of life. We have always decided when to bring life into the world through our bodies. We trust your ability to find your own path. Our focus is the woman who sits in our midst. Our mission is to make the world a better place, one woman, one family at a time.

Services Offered
Abortion From 4 to 17 Weeks
Abortion By Pill
Same Day Appointments
Walk-in Pregnancy Testing
Pain Medication or Injection Sedation
Ultrasound Included
Lab Tests (Rh Typing, Anemia Screening & Pregnancy Test)
Follow-up Examination Included
Pregnancy Confirmation for Medicaid
Family Planning and Birth Control

Ask About Private Appointments

Family Reproductive Health is located at:
700 E. Hebron Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28273

Call us at: 704-551-0808 or 800-952-9034

Our office hours are :
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Saturday 8 AM to 1
PM

> Pregnancy Test Services Monday through Saturday during open hours
> Special Counseling Services by Appointment

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem, PA

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem, PA

Allentown Women’s Center

Providing safe, compassionate and confidential reproductive health care for over 35 years.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem, PA we are committed to the HIGHEST medical standards.

  • Staffed by experienced Board-Certified physicians
  • Accredited by the National Abortion Federation
  • Licensed, inspected and approved by the PA Dept. of Health
  • Trusted by patients and doctors since 1978

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Allentown Women’s Center services include:

Pregnancy Loss Program – Fetal Anomaly/Maternal Indication

At Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem, PA we understand that it can be an overwhelming experience for a family to receive such devastating news regarding pregnancy loss of a wanted pregnancy. We offer our support and kindness to help you through this crisis.

Our Pregnancy Loss Program includes:

  • Sensitive support to help families to cope with grieving
  • Honoring & remembering the baby (at your request)
  • Foot prints
  • Coordinating with funeral homes for services
  • Alternative semi-private waiting area for your family/support persons
  • Counseling and other support referrals
  • Coordination of arrangements for further genetic testing

Miscarriage Management

Miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion, is when a pregnancy has ended and is no longer progressing. Miscarriage is a common occurrence. Estimates are that 20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage.

Signs of Miscarriage

You may be experiencing a miscarriage if you have spotting, light to heavy bleeding during pregnancy. You may also pass clots and experience pain in your abdomen or cramping.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Allentown Women’s Center, Bethlehem, PA

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Little Rock Family Planning Services, Arkansas

Little Rock Family Planning Services - abortion clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock Family Planning Services

About Us

Medical Excellence, Confidentiality, State of the Art Women’s Health Care Provided in a Safe and Secure Setting

Little Rock Family Planning Services is a modern, free standing, out-patient surgical center. We provide abortion care to a wide geographical area. Currently, we are the only licensed surgical abortion clinic in the state of Arkansas.

We have a team of very experienced physicians that are all medical doctors, and are all licensed by the state of Arkansas. Tom Tvedten, MD, our Medical Director has been providing abortion care in Arkansas for over 25 years.

Our clinic has a well-deserved reputation for quality patient care and surgical excellence. We are inspected annually by the Arkansas Department of Health, and we meet or exceed all standards set by the state. We are a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) — an organization that sets national standards for abortion care.

Our clinical staff model utilizes a team approach to provide the best possible care for each patient, enhanced by an attitude of warmth, respect, and complete confidentiality.

Little Rock Family Planning Services

(501) 225-3836 or 
(800) 272-2183 toll-free

Surgical services scheduled:
Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 AM

Clinical days subject to change, call clinic for available appointment days.

Call our receptionist to schedule an appointment:
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 8 AM to 7 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM

Little Rock Family Planning Services is a Member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF).

4 Office Park Drive
Little Rock, Arkansas 72211

501.225.3836 direct

800.272.2183 toll-free

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Equality Health Center, Concord, New Hampshire

Equality Health Center - abortion clinic in Concord, NH

 

Equality Health Center

Equality Health Center is a non-profit, free standing healthcare facility with a highly qualified, dedicated staff of medical and support professionals. We are dedicated to assuring that everyone has access to the healthcare services they require in order to stay in control of their gynecological and sexual health. To that end, we provide these important services:


We are now offering more pain management options, at no additional cost, than any other New Hampshire clinic.

Scheduling an Appointment

Our healthcare workers can schedule an appointment promptly and will be happy to answer your questions. Call 855-502-3858 (toll free) or 603-225-2739 (local). They are available: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Friday.

Our current appointment hours are:

  • Mondays from noon to 8pm
  • Wednesdays & Thursdays from 8:45am to 4:30pm
  • Fridays beginning at 7:30am (Surgical abortions only)


Our schedule is subject to change on occasion due to holidays, etc. We do our best to accommodate your schedule. When you call we will fit you in as soon as possible, often the same day.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Equality Health Center, Concord, New Hampshire are now pleased to offer free WIFI service throughout the building for the convenience of our clients.

Also, if you have health insurance and are hoping to use it for any visit at the Center, we will need you to provide us with information from your card so we can pre-verify coverage with your insurance carrier.

​Equality Health Center

38 S Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

​Make An Appointment

Phone:  603-225-2739 

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Heritage Clinic for Women, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Heritage Clinic for Women, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Heritage Clinic for Women

Professionals Dedicated to Providing Quality Care Since 1973

Heritage Clinic for Women provides a caring and confidential environment focused on women and their reproductive and emotional health. Every woman facing a difficult reproductive choice deserves a respectful surrounding where she can gather factual information, explore all her options and receive sensitive support.

Services offered:

»Medical (Non-Surgical) Abortion up to 10 weeks LMP»Pre and Post Abortion Counseling
»Surgical (Suction Curettage) Abortion from 4 weeks 6 days to 14 weeks LMP»Contraceptive Options
»D&E (Dialation & Evacuation) Abortion from 15 weeks to 22 weeks LMP»Ultrasonography
»Conscious Sedation»Pregnancy Test
»Pre-surgical Medications for Pain Control»Hemoglobin and Rh factor Testing

Please Note: Michigan 24 Hour Consent Law – all women in the state of Michigan choosing to have an abortion must schedule an abortion appointment and receive specific state mandated verbal and printed material about pregnancy, parenting and abortion 24 hours before the abortion procedure will occur.

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Our abortion clinic services are provided on an outpatient basis and include expert medical attention, confidential counseling and follow-up care in a nonjudgmental setting.

As a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), we strive to set the highest standard of care in Michigan while obtaining support from our nationwide community of NAF providers.

Heritage Clinic For Women has been offering gynecological care and abortion services in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1973.

Thomas J. Gordon, M.D., Gynecologist, is the current Medical Director and has served in this capacity since 1986. He possesses a strong sense of dedication, professionalism and integrity in combination with his medical knowledge and superior skills.

Our entire staff is committed to focusing on the physical and emotional needs of each individual we serve. We embrace the history and wisdom of each woman, the burden of choice resulting from contraceptive failure or human error, and the depth of responsibility involved with parenting, adoption and abortion.

Abortion Clinic Spotlight: Heritage Clinic for Women, Grand Rapids, Michigan is Licensed by the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as a Freestanding Surgical Outpatient Facility.

10 Things You Can Do to Protect Reproductive Rights, Stop Kavanaugh

10 Things You Can Do to Protect Reproductive Rights, Stop Kavanaugh

Dozens of pieces have thoughtfully itemized how Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, will destroy abortion rights, gut religious freedom, and send us back to the pre-civil rights dark ages.10 Things You Can Do to Protect Reproductive Rights, Stop Kavanaugh

But Kavanaugh’s approval is not a foregone conclusion. Even Mitch McConnell cautioned the president that the large volume of documents Kavanaugh produced as an appeals court judge could make it difficult for him to gain approval. Progressives and moderates can and should fight back against this nominee.

I’ve warned before that the wailing and gnashing of teeth about how hopeless everything is plays right into the hands of the far-right. They want liberals to feel overwhelmed and demoralized, because then it’s easier to force their policies on all of us. Rather than wasting one more second feeling hopeless or convincing others that the end is nigh, we all need to focus on taking meaningful action.

There’s still plenty we can do to stop or slow Kavanaugh’s nomination. And even if he makes it to the bench, progressives can fight back against the assault on reproductive rights. Here are 10 things you can do—many in just a few minutes, most from home.

Contact Moderate Senators

If the entire caucus of Democrats votes against Kavanaugh, then if one Republican defects, his nomination will fail. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have voted with Trump 80% of the time, but have also signaled that they care about public feedback and do not want to see an end to choice. Call Susan Collins at (202) 224-2523, and Lisa Murkowski at (202) 224-6665. Urge them to protect women and choice, and highlight the catastrophic effects of a world without choice.

Contact Your Senators

There’s no guarantee that every Democrat will vote against Kavanaugh. So turn up the pressure. Remind them that you can vote them out, and that there are consequences for their vote. Click here, sort by state, and then contact the two senators for your state. If you have a Republican senator, go ahead and call them, too. Remind them that they’re accountable to all constituents—not just the conservative ones.

Know the Laws in Your State

Roe vs. Wade enshrined privacy as a Constitutional right, thereby making it illegal for states to create undue burdens on this right. Many states had legalized abortion well before this landmark decision. So ultimately—unless a federal anti-abortion law passes, which is unlikely—abortion rights really depend on what the states do. Get to know the laws in your state, then lobby to end those that reduce access or that could ultimately eliminate choice.

Help Fund a Woman’s Abortion

Abortion has always been accessible to the wealthy. So an end to abortion rights is really about an end to abortion rights for the poor. Even though abortion is technically legal, it remains out of reach for many poor women. Waiting periods force women to travel long distances overnight. Lack of insurance coverage forces women to try to put together funds, only to find themselves paying for a more expensive second trimester abortion—or to discover that their state has banned this procedure.

Take direct action by contacting your local abortion clinic and offering to pay for the abortion of a woman in need. Help fund a friend’s abortion. Or donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds. For many women, choice exists only in theory. Help make it a reality by putting your money where your politics are.

Pressure Local Officials for Protective Legislation

Anti-choice activists have long lobbied states to limit choice. Now pro-choice activists are taking a page out of their playbook and lobbying for protective legislation. Abortion is ultimately a local issue. So lobby your local representatives to protect choice rights. Here’s a great list of some of the ways local officials have worked to enshrine women’s rights to control their  bodies.

Show Up at Your State Legislature

It’s a lot harder to ignore your constituents when they show up at your office every day. It’s even harder to ignore them if they film you when you dismiss or insult them. Start showing up at your state legislature. Attend committee meetings. Go to your representatives’ office hours. Make your voice heard and your presence known.

Get Involved With Local Groups

Local groups can connect you to resources in your community, offer advocacy skills training, and even prepare you to run for political office. NARAL is a great national level resources that can help connect you to groups in your community. Sign up to volunteer here.

Vote (and Help Others Vote)

Every election matters. That’s doubly true at the local level. Local regulations can push back and make abortion more accessible. Or they can further restrict choice—or even ban it outright. So it’s critical to vote not just in the big elections, but in every election. Spend some time researching each candidate after viewing a sample ballot here.

Help other people vote, too. Post election reminders on social media. Ask your friends if they’ve voted. Drive them to their polling places. Or volunteer to help register people to vote.

Protest and Obstruct at Every Level

Roe could end if Kavanaugh secures the seat for which he was nominated. We might not be able to stop him. That doesn’t mean choice has to die. Local regulations matter just as much as the Supreme Court. And elected officials—even conservative ones—do not want to be voted out. So obstruct and protest every chance you get. Show up to protest anti-choicers at their office hours, at restaurants, and out in public. Don’t shop at anti-choice organizations. The very least any of us can do is make it hard to be opposed to women’s rights.

Support Your Local Abortion Clinic

Your local abortion clinic is already on the frontlines of the fight for reproductive rights. They may need clinic escorts or other volunteers. Some work with paid or volunteer lobbyists to tackle important legislation in their state. Many, such as the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, offer coordinated advocacy days and training for activists. Find a list of abortion clinics by state here.