It is still with a shaky hand that I write this, reverberating from Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. I waited 48 hours not because I didn’t have a lot to say, but because I wanted to see how other women’s rights organizations responded first, hoping for comfort…hoping for reassurance…hoping for hope.
And I got it.
From the statements published by RiseUp4AbortionRights co-initiators Merle Hoffman and Sunsara Taylor and ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality President and CEO Zakiya Thomas, to Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal and New York Women’s Foundation CEO Ana Oliviera, I was put back on track, encouraged to take action rather than wallow in sorrow. For, as Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
So, just like these and other women’s organizations that are taking powerful and relentless action, Women’s eNews is planning to also do so in the best way we know how, based upon 22 years of reporting with truth, accuracy and integrity.
Every Monday morning, beginning today, Women’s eNews will provide our readers with current and crucial reporting to help you navigate the evolving state of abortion in the US, as state laws change, companies step up, and funding for out-of-state abortion services grow to accommodate women’s and girls’ urgent need for this invaluable, life-saving procedure.
It is our goal, with more than 50,000 subscribers, 75,000 social media followers, and 3.5 million readers, that our content will continue to be picked up by such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street, Journal, The Boston Herald, The Chicago Tribune, NPR, PBS and numerous other news outlets, providing countless women and girls with the information they need to get the crucial abortion services they deserve.
Welcome to: The Current State of Abortion – State by State
- States Where Abortion is now Illegal, or has been Significantly Restricted since June 24th:
Alabama – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Arizona – The status if abortion in this state is still unclear, but Planned Parenthood of Arizona has paused all abortions, both medical and surgical, and seven of nine licensed providers in the state immediately halted abortions.
Arkansas – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Florida – Abortion is legal but a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Idaho – Abortion is legal but a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Iowa – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Kansas – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Louisiana – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Minnesota – Abortion is legal but a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Missouri – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Nebraska – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
North Carolina – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
North Dakota – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Ohio – Abortion is legal until 6 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
Oklahoma – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Pennsylvania – Abortion is legal but a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
South Carolina – Abortion is legal until 20 weeks and a 24-hour waiting period and parental consent is required.
South Dakota – Abortions are now considered illegal. No abortions are allowed in this state.
Tennessee – A state law will ban abortion in 27 days from today, but the state is pursuing a separate pathway to enact a ban more quickly.
Utah – Utah’s law makes abortions illegal except in cases where pregnancy occurred from rape or incest, and makes exceptions for women whose health would be compromised.
West Virginia – Although abortion is not yet illegal, the only abortion clinic in West Virginia is no longer performing abortions.
Wisconsin – All abortions illegal in the state except in cases of rape, incest and serious risk of death or “substantial and irreversible physical impairments” for the pregnant woman.
2. List of Reputable Organizations Providing Support for Out-of-State Abortions:
Haven Coalition: Accommodation and Escorting: Volunteers provide a safe place to sleep the night between appointments, dinner, and an escort to and from the clinic. Volunteers can also be availab Email: [email protected] Call: 917-371-2035
Midwest Access Coalition (MAC) envisions a world in which all people have access to safe, free, legal abortions wherever they live. As a practical abortion fund, MAC helps people traveling to, from, and within the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin) access a safe, legal abortion with support in the following areas: travel coordination and costs, lodging, food, medicine, and emotional support. Call or Text: 847-750-6224
National Abortion Federation (NAF) The NAF Hotline Fund operates the largest national, toll-free, multi-lingual Hotline for abortion referrals and financial assistance in the US and Canada. NAF provide callers with accurate information, confidential consultation, options counseling, and referrals to providers of quality abortion care. NAF also provides case management services and limited financial assistance to help you afford the cost of your care and travel-related expenses. The Hotline is free and offers services to everyone, regardless of your individual situation. Call the Hotline toll-free: 1-800-772-9100 Weekdays: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM Eastern time, Saturdays and Sundays: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Eastern time.
National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) works with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.
New York Abortion Access Fund supports people who are unable to pay fully for an abortion and live in or travel to New York State by providing financial assistance and connections to other resources.If you are living in or traveling to New York State and are seeking funding for your abortion, please call NYAAF at 212-252-4757 and leave a detailed message. You can also email them at [email protected].
Texas Choice provides travel assistance for Texans traveling within Texas and beyond for their procedures. Texas Choice can help with accommodation and transportation, but NOT the procedure itself. To request funds, call 1-844-900-8908. Accommodation: Will arrange and pay for hotel stays for folks who need to stay overnight in the city of their appointment(s). Transportation: If you do not have a car or need to go out-of-state, they arrange and pay for bus tickets, flights, and/or provide gas assistance. They also arrange rideshares (e.g., Uber/Lyft) for folks who need help getting to/from their appointments or other ground transportation needs. Leave a message with name, date of appointment, and information on the assistance needed. If they do not return the message within three business days, they are unable to assist you.
The Brigid Alliance Support can include: booking transportation (flights, bus tickets, train tickets, etc) , booking hotel rooms or referring to local support organizations (for escorts and overnight hosting), sending funds for travel expenses, gas, tolls, parking, meals, taxis, reimbursements for childcare, and coordinating with other practical support organizations.
Women’s Reproductive Rights Access Project (WRRAP) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization helping women gain access to safe, legal abortion services and emergency contraceptives. They work with pre-qualified, reputable reproductive health clinics across the U.S. on behalf of disadvantaged women in need. Contact: 323-223-7727 (leave a recording) or email [email protected]
The National Network of Abortion Funds can also connect you with funders that can support your financial and logistical needs as you arrange for your abortion. To locate a funder in your state, click here.
3. Companies Currently Covering Travel Expenses for Abortion:
Starbucks, Tesla, Yelp, Airbnb, Microsoft, Netflix, Patagonia, DoorDash, JPMorgan Chase, Levi Strauss & Co., PayPal, Reddit. Disney, Meta, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lyft, Condé Nast, Mastercard, Microsoft, Citigroup, Amazon, Buzzfeed, Zillow, Meta, Apple and Netflix. (You can learn more about their programs by clicking onto each company name above.)
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