The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.


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The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.


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The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

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The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

Text & Photo: Brooke Williams

On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.



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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.



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The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

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On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.



Text & Photo: Brooke Williams

The Supreme Court Decision To Strip Abortion Rights Is Only The Beginning

Text & Photo: Brooke Williams

On May 3, Politico published a leaked draft of a US Supreme Court decision that will, if finalized, overturn Roe vs Wade, abolishing the federal protection of abortion rights and essentially stripping women of sovereignty over our own bodies. 50 years of progress eliminated with a stroke of a pen. A devastating shove into a dystopian netherworld of potential health risks for the over 40 million people who can become pregnant in the US— especially BIPOC folks who already face alarmingly high maternal mortality rates. A slap in the face for the slow march of progress towards a just society based on the respect of fundamental human rights for all citizens.

This has never been just about abortion. It is part of a decades long assault by the far-right on basic human rights for women.

According to Pew Research Center study, 6 out of 10 adults in the US believe that abortion should be legal in “all or most cases.” And yet, emboldened by anticipation of this SCOTUS decision, a tidal wave of legislation is being written, and in many cases passed, that aggressively chips away at the rights of just about all marginalized groups in the US.


  • A ban on gender affirming care for transgender youth has already taken effect in Alabama.
  • Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee signed a law making it a felony to receive abortion pills through the mail.
  • State rep Brett Crane said he would consider holding hearings on emergency contraceptives like Plan B.
  • Mississippi Gov Tate Reeves refused to rule out banning contraceptives if Roe v Wade is overturned.
  • And, in the absence of Roe, 23 states are poised to immediately ban or severely restrict abortion. Some will even outlaw abortion in cases of rape or incest.

At this point, it’s hard to decide what is more ludicrous… the fact that data brokers are selling information on people visiting Planned Parenthood clinics (Vice) or that Justice Alito actually quoted 17th century jurist Sir Matthew Hale, (who condemned women to death as witches and wrote a treatise supporting marital rape) to help justify his position. Or that he claims that banning abortion is actually an aid to protecting Black life.

I could go on and on. The list of potential horrors feels endless. The morning after the news broke,  I went to my usual coffee spot, and when the barista asked me how I was, I burst into tears. And tears are justified when it appears that the highest court in the land is relying on a history overflowing with racism, sexism and homophobia to determine our fundamental rights today. Which means that our daughters, sisters, nieces and friends are emerging into a world with fewer rights and considerably less bodily autonomy that we have enjoyed for the past 50 years.

But now is not the time to cry in the corner. It is time to take our rage, fears, joy and hope to the streets. It’s time to rally everyone to make their voices heard, write letters, sign petitions and make sure everyone gets to the ballot box this election season. The vast majority of Americans believe that abortion should be legal. Let’s get that reality set into stone!

The time for action is now. Here’s what we all can do:

HIT THE STREETS!! On Saturday May 14 there are coordinated marches all over the country. Find one in your area or organize your own! Consider wearing green in solidarity with the Green Wave movement in Latin America which has been fighting (and winning!) for abortion rights for decades. Learn more about this powerful movement here and here.

And then head to bansoff.org to find a listing of marches nation wide. 

GET INFORMED:

Guttmacher Institute believes that good reproductive heath policy begins with credible research. They have detailed articles to help us go deep into policy issues, and they’ve also created graphics to help us to gain an immediate understanding of the issues at hand and why it is so critical to fight for reproductive rights.

The Meteor is a fierce group of journalists, artists, and activists committed to gender equity. They have a great Instagram feed, and you can sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all things concerning gender equality.  


Abortion Access Front is a badass team of comedians, writers, and producers that uses humor to destigmatize abortion and expose the extremist anti-choice forces working to destroy access to reproductive rights in all 50 states. Founded by our friend Liz Winstead, you can follow them on Instagram to get inspired, informed and ready for action! They also have a great resource page on their website filled with ways to get involved.

Our good friend Sarah Sophie Flicker’s Instagram feed (@sarahsophief) and stories are a never ending list of actions to take, organizations to get involved with, activists to listen to and just general words of wisdom.

GET OUT THE VOTE:

Vote Save America is the GOTV arm of the great Pod Save America podcast. Get informed, help register voters and then volunteer to save Congress from the Republican far right in 2022.

The Progressive Turnout Project is planning on sending 7 million postcards to voters in swing states ahead of the midterm elections starting May 18. Direct voter contact via hand written messages has been proven to be extremely effective in getting voters to the polls.

The Working Families Party has all sorts of opportunities for grassroots organizing to help elect progressive candidates all over the US. There are lots of ways to get involved, from text banks to running for office yourself!

DONATE:

National Network of Abortion Funds has a network of over 80 member organizations all working to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. They offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. 

The Keep Our Clinics  campaign provides funding to independent clinics to cover tangible expenses like increased security, building repairs, PPE and hazard pay for staff working during the pandemic, legal fees, and community education and advocacy. Independent clinics serve three out of every five patients in the U.S. each year who have an abortion and they need our help.



Text & Photo: Brooke Williams

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