In just a minute, I am going to ask you to make a donation to organizations that help low-income women pay for reproductive healthcare. Let me first explain why.
Late last night, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would outlaw 99% of abortions. No exemptions for rape or incest. No rights for women who don’t want to be pregnant. Doctors who perform abortions could be imprisoned for 99 years.
Georgia passed its own bill last week that would ban abortions after six weeks — before most women know they’re pregnant. Last month Ohio signed its own version into law. And Mississippi passed its own abortion ban the month before that.
Politicians should not be getting in the way of a woman and her medical decisions. These are difficult family decisions that governments should not interfere with. These bills and laws are outrageous assaults on women’s rights that have a singular goal: forcing the Supreme Court to take up a case that would overturn Roe v. Wade.
One of the most powerful actions that we can take in response to these bans is to fund local groups that help provide access to clinics for low-income women. These are organizations on the front lines of abortion rights making sure that women who need an abortion can afford to pay for one.
That’s why I’m asking you today:
Will you split a contribution to three abortion support networks in Alabama, the Southeast, and across the country so that low-income women can get abortions and reproductive care? Your donation will send a powerful message in support of abortion rights.
If you’ve saved payment info with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately, split evenly between Yellowhammer Fund, Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, and the National Network of Abortion Funds:
These groups provide direct service to women who need abortions but can’t afford the medical costs, transportation, or lodging required to actually get the abortion, due to the burdensome restrictions put in place by bills like this. They are always in need of additional funding, doing the critical work of caring for women who are in desperate need of help.
These are the groups we are asking you to support today:
Yellowhammer Fund is a group in Alabama that provides funding for medical costs, transportation, and lodging for women who get abortions at any of Alabama’s three abortion clinics. Fifty-nine percent of women in Alabama don’t have an abortion clinic in their county, and Yellowhammer Fund does all it can to make sure Alabama women are able to get the abortions they need.
Access Reproductive Care-Southeast is a group that provides financial and logistical support for women and their families who want abortions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. They help women plan for their abortions, and help cover the costs associated with accessing this medical care.
The National Network of Abortion Funds is an umbrella organization for local abortion groups throughout the United States — groups like Yellowhammer and Access Reproductive Care-Southeast. They connect people with their local funds, and provide support to the groups themselves.
When fundamental human and constitutional rights are under attack, we must respond and do the most good that we can. That starts with helping low-income women get support for the abortions they need.
Thank you for standing with women and for abortion rights.