The Yale Hotel is offering free stay for those seeking abortions in the state of Michigan.
“Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access,” the hotel stated on Facebook. “We cannot do anything about the way to are being treating in your home-state. But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.”
The hotel in Yale, Michigan has designated a “Jane Room” for anyone that needs to travel to Michigan in order to get an abortion. The hotel’s room was named after Jane Roe, the pseudonym for the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade. The offer was announced by the hotel’s manager Shelley O’Brien after multiple states increased restrictions on abortions.
In recent months, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Ohio passed new laws restricting or banning abortions in their state, leaving many women worried about their ability to get safe abortions.
No one has taken the hotel up on the offer yet, but O’Brien says the offer is important nonetheless.
“Women should have the autonomy over their own bodies,” she told CNN. “If we do not have control over our own bodies, then this is not a free world.”