At New York magazine, Amanda Arnold explains what you can do to help women who live in states with extremist abortion laws. One key way is to do what I did for 20 years in Colorado and California, become a clinic escort. You can learn how to volunteer here. Support for Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL are good, but there are also some smaller organizations that could use your support:
• Access Reproductive Care – Southeast: ARC is a volunteer organization that helps families in 12 states across the southeast access reproductive care.
• National Network of Abortion Funds: NNAF is a network of more than 80 funds in at least 38 states that seeks to eliminate economic barriers for low-income individuals seeking an abortion.
• The Yellowhammer Fund: Based in Alabama, Yellowhammer not only provides funding for abortions at one of the city’s three clinics, but also helps with other barriers to access patients may face, such as travel or lodging. (Yellowhammer is part of NNAF.)
• Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund: Run entirely by volunteers, the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund helps people access abortion, and provides both support and resources to parents.
• Women Have Options: This Ohio-based organization provides financial assistance and support to low-income patients seeking reproductive care, abortion included.
• National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: NAPAWF is a multi-issue community-organizing and policy-advocacy organization that fights for policy changes that would benefit women, transgender, and non-binary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
“Freedom of the press, freedom of association, inviolability of domicile, and all the rights of man are respected so long as no one tries to use them against the privileged class. On the day they are launched against the privileged, they are thrown overboard.”
~~Prince Peter Kropotkin, Paroles d’un Revolté (1884)
On this date at Daily Kos in 2007—Stepping up the pressure on Iraq:
The Feingold-Reid amendment, expected to come up tomorrow morning, will be for the Senate what the McGovern amendment was in last week’s House vote on the Iraq supplemental–the baseline vote for how committed Democratic senators are to ending this war before the next election.
What’s more, as noted in this AP story, it:
has the makings of a turning point in the Democratic presidential campaign, obliging Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to take a fresh look at calls for cutting off war funds.
The vote will show the willingness of Clinton and Obama, and all the Democratic Senators, to exercise their most important Congressional power–the power of the purse–to check the executive.