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Funding Abortion

February 9, 2022

On December 1, 2021, the day that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the obvious became ever-the-more clear: one way or another, the Court will gut abortion rights. As Mary Ziegler wrote in her reflection on the arguments, “There will be a day when there is no longer a right to choose abortion in the United States, and it is coming soon.”

It’s been forty-nine years since the landmark decision Roe v. Wade. And knowing what is likely to come in the near future—let alone the relentless attacks on our right to abortion in the recent past—it’s important to turn our attention toward action.

Anoa Changa urges that action includes donating to abortion funds. People who are seeking abortions need financial support, from healthcare to to childcare to transportation. And with abortion bans like Texas’s S.B. 8, many people who need abortions may need to travel outside of their states for services, a timely and costly endeavor.

Much of that financial support comes from grassroots funds. There are the South’s most dynamic abortion funds, the Yellowhammer Fund and the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund. There’s Indigenous Women Rising, which makes sure that Indigenous people are protected in their rights “to equitable and culturally safe health options through accessible health education, resources and advocacy.” And there are many, many more funds.

We at the Woodhull Freedom Foundation recognize that the right to abortion is a fundamental human right, and we join Changa in urging for donations to abortion funds. To find an abortion fund to donate to, click here.

Abortion Rights Protest Photo

Image of a person's arm in a crowd holding a pink sign that says "Keep Abortion Legal and Safe" (Larissa Puro/USC Institute for Global Health)

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