Everyone deserves the right to decide what they want to do with their own body. With the Supreme Court’s leaked ruling that overturns Roe vs. Wade – a federal law that guarantees a pregnant women’s right to choose – you may be feeling anxious or scared about the future of reproductive rights. Below are three ways you can make a difference in the reproductive rights movement, and remember, no action is too small – kindness will always have ripples.
1. Do Your Civic Duty
- Contact your representatives – Call, write letters, and send e-mails, to your local, state, and federal representatives to urge them to protect reproductive rights.(You can find your officials here.) If you’re unsure or nervous about what to say, check out this script.)
- Vote in local elections – And encourage your friends and family to do the same! Remember, your voice is important – let it be represented in your government.
2. Get Educated
- Know your rights: Depending on what state you live in, the abortion law may vary. Find your state + it’s abortion law here.
- Know your options: Explore options to prevent pregnancy, such as Plan B, an IUD, and birth control. To learn more about these options, ask your primary care physician, gynecologist, and pharmacist whether they know about emergency contraception. If you’re uncomfortable asking them, feel unsafe doing so, or need financial assistance, contact your local Planned Parenthood to learn more.
- Learn with friends + family: Host a movie night for your community featuring a reproductive rights films, such as ‘Reversing Roe.’ If you’re more of a reader, host a book club and check out “The Story of Jane” by Laura Kaplan.
- Learn about nonprofit organizations advocating for reproductive justice and learn how you can support their work:
- Feminist Women’s Health Center – Provides safe, affordable and compassionate abortion and reproductive healthcare to all who need it without judgment in Georgia. Take part and volunteer in their advocacy programs here.
- Women Engaged – Prioritizes eradicating violence against Black women, girls, and LGBTQ people and working towards reproductive, racial, and economic justice.
- The Knights & Orchids Society – A southern centered grassroots startup that provides reproductive care founded and led by black, queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. Check out their volunteer opportunities here.
- New Voices for Reproductive Justice – Dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through leadership development, human rights and reproductive justice.
- Black Feminist Future – Works toward a world where all Black women, girls, and gender-expansive folks are: safe, joyful, cared for, powerful, self-determining, and thriving.
- SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW – Building new leadership, changing culture, and advancing knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about our bodies, gender, sexualities, and lives.
3. Get Involved
- Donate to an abortion fund in your state or a state where reproductive rights are under immediate threat.
- Participate in peer support and advocacy programs with Access Reproductive Care-Southeast.
- Check out youth organizing opportunities with Sister Song, a reproductive justice collection for women of color.
- Take action with this toolkit courtesy of Center for Reproductive Rights.
- If you feel safe doing so, consider volunteering as a clinic escort. These folks are vital to ensuring people getting abortions feel protected and safe.