May 12, 2022
Support Abortion Funds
This week’s Broken Law podcast episode offers an exceptional conversation not just about reproductive rights – and the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health – but about the intersection of reproductive rights and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. As Peggy Li, Jenny Ma, and Rosann Mariappuram discuss on our podcast, abortion access is already impacted by cultural and language barriers. If Roe is overturned, these barriers will remain and will only be compounded by the challenges of state abortion bans and restrictions that will immediately or quickly come into effect in many states. We know this for certain: abortion bans and restrictions will disproportionately impact already marginalized populations, including pregnant people of color, low-income people, young people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants.
Even now, with Roe v. Wade still the law of the land, the right to abortion does not guarantee access. Already, abortion access is determined in large part by geography and financial means, particularly in states that may have only one clinic that provides abortion services. And even if a clinic is nearby, to access abortion services may mean taking time off of work, finding childcare, finding transportation, and other hurdles that can make exercising this constitutional right so challenging for so many or even out of reach.
Now add in the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade, which would result in abortion being banned in many states and heavily restricted in others. The impact of this potential new reality will not be felt the same by all.
No matter what the final decision from the Supreme Court says, abortion funds and independent clinics will remain on the very frontlines of reproductive justice. If Roe is overturned, abortion funds will become all the more essential to enable people to access abortion services out of state. Rosann Mariappuram, executive director of Jane’s Due Process in Texas, highlighted this on Broken Law, and we wanted to amplify her request here. If you are wondering how to respond to this moment, a guaranteed way to help is to support abortion funds and clinics. You can find your local abortion fund through the National Network of Abortion Funds and the nearest independent clinic from the Abortion Care Network, or support those that are operating in states already struggling with abortion bans like in Texas.
Separately, if you missed our Twitter Space last week in response to the leaked draft Supreme Court opinion, you can listen to it now on our website.