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How to support people in states where abortion is threatened

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Missouri was one of the first states to ban abortion in the days after Dobbs vs. Jackson decision, excluding medical emergencies. Missouri has no exceptions for rape or incest, and according to state doctors, the “medical emergency” is not clearly defined by law.

The advocacy group Right by You is described on its website as a “youth-focused line of text connecting Missourians to abortion treatment, childbirth care, adoption and parenting assistance, birth control, and information about their rights.” They don’t directly fund those who want an abortion; Instead, their services are informative and seek to educate youth about the full range of reproductive health care — including abortion treatment. They actively seek both funding and volunteers to ensure Missourians’ access to reproductive health care. Those hoping their donations will specifically help women who cannot afford abortions should consider making a donation to the Missouri Abortion Fund.

The Hoosier Abortion Fund

While abortion is still technically legal in Indiana, state lawmakers are working to reverse course. The Hoosier Abortion Fund provides abortion assistance (as well as other pregnancy options) to women who need its services, including adoption services, pregnancy support, diaper programs, and parent counseling in addition to abortion support services. Those in financial need simply need to say so when calling their All-Options Talkline.

Women have options

Ohio bans abortion after six weeks — again, before most women even know or show any sign they’re pregnant — and makes no exceptions for rape or incest. According to abortionfunds.org — the national network of abortion funds run by individual members and supported by donations — Women Have Options (WHO) is an Ohio-based service that works with most of the state’s clinics. Although they don’t directly support individuals, they do provide grants to clinics that help patients who need financial assistance.

WHO, like most other reproductive rights funds, relies on grants from organizations and individuals to stay afloat and provide the best possible care to women (and, as we saw in Ohio, pregnant children) in need .

The Kansas Abortion Fund

Because every abortion fund is different, it is necessary to research how your donation will be spent. Some funds directly support women to be able to afford an abortion, while others provide logistical and practical support for related expenses. In conversation with The Kansas City Star, Sandy Brown – President of the Kansas Abortion Fund – explained how her organization supports women: “A lot of funds have practical support, namely transportation, gas, childcare, housing,” she said. “We work with clinics to fund abortions for people who don’t have the funds to pay for abortion care.”

The Kansas Abortion Fund could also use your help in a state where anti-choice activists are working to change the state constitution by abolishing abortion rights.

On the one hand, the sheer necessity of these organizations is an annoying reminder that no matter where you live, our representatives’ loved ones will always have access to safe abortions. But it often takes grassroots efforts to bring about change in the face of those who are keen on seeing society decline. And when things get a little too overwhelming, these organizations also serve as a reminder that there are countless people standing up for women’s humanity. With a donation we can do our part to help them.

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