Obvious bit of homework this week, GFPs: donate to charities in the US that will help women who will soon have no access to abortion.
Poor women, women of colour, women with disabilities, undocumented women, and girls, will all be disproportionately affected since they are the least likely to be able to find the money, the time, and the wherewithal to travel out of state.
It also will not prevent abortions from taking place.
According to the Guttmacher Institute
, “in analyses that exclude China and India, whose large populations skew the data, the abortion rate is actually higher in countries that restrict abortion access than in those that do not.” And “in countries that restrict abortion, the percentage of unintended pregnancies ending in abortion has increased during the past 30 years, from 36% in 1990–1994 to 50% in 2015–2019.”
What they do achieve, is to drive unsafe abortions – and women’s deaths – up.
If you want to lower the abortion rate, the absolute best thing you can do is improve access to birth control, and improve support for parents, including properly paid parental leave and properly funded childcare.
But that’s for the long-haul. In the short-term, GFPs who want to help should donate, and The Cut
has produced a useful list of charities operating in every US state, “ordered by how dire the situation in their respective state is, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights.”