Alabama might have passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, but there are actions that can be taken to help protect the constitutional right.
First is to donate. Organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL have received regular influxes of cash since Trump took office, but they’re not the only ones in need of it. Local organizations that are doing the work on the ground in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and more also need support. In Alabama, the Yellowhammer Fund helps low-income women seeking abortions. Money that goes to them helps pay for the cost of procedures.
You can also organize locally. Studies show that states passing abortion bans have the lowest rates of women in power. What’s more, a lot of male lawmakers in Alabama that passed the abortion measure won their seats uncontested. That means they are facing no pressure to represent their constituents, the majority of whom oppose restrictions on abortion. Organizations like Run for Something want to change that, so you can donate to them or learn how you can get involved in your own state.
You can also volunteer at any one of the aforementioned organizations, or volunteer to escort women to clinics, both for moral support and potential safety reasons.
Not losing hope and speaking out is another important action. Despite these measures being passed, abortion is still legal in all 50 states. Public opinion and organizing can have a real impact.
Voting is also crucial to ensure abortions remain a safe, legal reality in America. Literally every election matters. A special election for a seat in your state Senate could make all the difference when it comes to split votes.