Terri K. Lankford, LPCS
Resources After Roe v. Wade
Since Roe V. Wade was overturned on June 24th, 2022, 62% of the American public surveyed has reported disagreeing with the decision. Although the 2022 decision did not outright ban abortion nationally, the decision gave each State the power to decide when, if, and how abortion would be banned in their territory. Here’s a map that tracks which states have made new abortion laws in 2022. In summary, most states have not passed any laws yet, while WA, CO, CA, MJ, CT, and MD have expanded abortion rights, and ID, WY, SD, AZ, OK, KY, IN, WV, and FL have passed laws restricting abortion rights.
The impact of this decision especially effects marginalized folx with limited resources; 43% of women directly impacted are women of color, and those with lower socioeconomic status and limited transportation face the biggest impact as they face more barriers to traveling to a state that still allows abortions. Another group negatively impacted are those with ectopic and molar pregnancies, or missed miscarriages. While these birthing-folx may certainly want a child and have no plans to terminate a pregnancy, the life-saving surgeries that these individuals go through are commonly listed as abortive procedures on the paperwork. Abortion bans could deeply impact individuals who are already grieving the loss of a highly anticipated child, as well.
Additionally, the decision impacts non-binary and non-female identified folx with a uterus as well; these individuals may experience extreme body dysmorphia when an unexpected pregnancy disrupts their gender identity. Ultimately, the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is not just a decision about the autonomy of those with a uterus, but a decision that once again shows how greatly folx of color as well as folx with limited financial resources are disproportionately impacted by legislative decisions in America.
We believe birthing-folx should have a choice in their reproductive rights. Check out some resources below to support your fellow humans with a uterus in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Resources for Those in Banned States
The Brigid Alliance: this nonprofit provides funds for folx who must travel out of state to receive abortion care. Additionally, The Brigid Alliance provides lodging, meals, and other support for the trip, as well.
Midwest Access Coalition: like The Brigid Alliance, this nonprofit provides financial and logistical support for those traveling to seek abortion care, but exclusively in Midwest states (check the map online to see if you qualify!).
Medicaid Coverage Laws: if you have Medicaid and are located in specific states, federal law mandates the state has to allow Medicaid funds to be used for abortion procedures if requested. Check the map online to see if you’re located in one of these states, if you have Medicaid.
Employment Opportunities: a number of companies, including Amazon, Disney, Google, and Starbucks, have announced they will pay for their employees who need funds to travel to an out-of-state abortion service. Check with your employer to see if your company has funds allocated for this purpose.
Planned Parenthood: Your local Planned Parenthood will be up-to-date on abortion laws in your area. Out of state Planned Parenthood facilities may be able to mail you a pill form of abortion services; contact them to find out more.
If You Are Less Impacted, How Can You Help?
Donate funds: donating to nonprofits such as The Brigid Alliance helps support birthing-folx receive abortion care. Additionally, donating to Planned Parenthood is always a way to support family planning and contraceptive services.
Use your voice: not only can you use your voice, but use your money, your email, your phone, and your fax machine, if that’s what it takes. A low-investment, low-time step to advocacy is emailing your state’s congressperson.
VOTE: in addition to using your voice, use your ballot. Register to vote here.
We hope this blog post provides you with some resources to better access medical services or better support those who are disproportionately impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. If you need emotional support, we’re here for you. At Rise and Thrive, we want to provide you with the support you need on your healing journey. We offer trauma-informed, holistic care to put choices back in your hands. If you’re looking for a teammate in your healing journey, reach out to us today. We look forward to hearing from you!