A “Bans Off Our Bodies” protest at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Wednesday. Credit Montinique Monroe for The New York Times
By now pretty much everyone with internet service has heard about the 5-4 verdict decided by the Supreme Court regarding the Texas abortion ban law. If you have not heard about this news here’s a good article explaining what happened and what it means for people in Texas trying to access reproductive care. In no way will this new ban help anyone and it’s really easy to feel like you can’t do anything to help but there are some things you can do to help.
Following headlines on Facebook or seeing a quick video on TikTok may give you a gist of what’s going on but getting a clear picture as to what this means for people living in Texas will really help create a catalyst for change sooner rather than later. There are tons of articles explaining what’s going on so do some research and learn about what this means. I am not nearly a good enough writer to put all of this into my own words. I'll be the first one to say that. In depth information about this has been written by people much more qualified than I am. I am here just to provide some sources for information.
If you are financially capable, there are ways to help people in Texas looking for abortions.
The Lilith Fund has been helping people seeking abortion pay for them when they can’t afford them. Back in 2020 they donated more than $400k to help those in need of abortions. This fund is Texas specific. If you would like to donate, visit their website and click here donate.
Jane’s Due Process is another Texas specific organization that helps people access abortion but also birth control as well. They work closely with youth to provide legal support, birth control, and inclusive reproductive health information as well as help with parental consent laws for youth. If you’d like to donate, please go here
The Texas Equal Access Fund helps those in the northern part of Texas with low-income access and pay for abortion services. Abortion laws and restrictions tend to affect those in low-income areas, as well as people of colour so the TEA fund serves these people the most. If you’d like to donate, do so here
If you don’t have the ability to help financially there are still things you can do to help.
Contact your Representatives
It is crucial at this time to reach out to your representatives, both state and local, to prevent this from becoming law in other places across the country. Find your representatives here and let them know how you feel about this law. Not many people know what the power of the people can do.
There is a huge trend right now that is a potential help with this new law. Alongside the law comes a way for people to submit information about an abortion that provides a bounty up to $10,000 for correct information leading to an arrest. The "whistleblower" website only works if you have a Texas VPN, you can access one here, but will let you submit as many leads as you’d like. It helps flood the system and makes it work harder and longer to find actual leads that people submit. This has already worked and led to the site crashing, which is why you now need a VPN to do so.
Sharing articles on social media and using hashtags actually help, believe it or not. Make a post on your Instagram or your Twitter or even on Facebook. It gets people talking and shows what people care about. Don't be afraid to say how you feel.
Share posts you see from others, it helps algorithms get content to users easier and more efficiently which helps spread news faster. It also helps those accounts to be seen more by individual users. Organizations and nonprofits really benefit from this and especially need it in times like this.