It’s happened. A day that many people, particularly women, across the country have feared. The Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade. I’m sitting at home watching the news roll in from states where the laws have already changed.
I’m watching the peaceful protests taking place in the streets. Women who thought they had finished this fight 50 years ago now stand alongside a new generation. People all over the country are worried about their next steps if they can’t safely have children or can’t afford them.
While the uncertainty makes me anxious for myself and the women around me, I find that the only thing we can do now is move forward. We must look at how we can help those in our lives that need it and how we can chart a brighter future.
Take A Stand
The first thing you can do is take a stand and raise your voice. This doesn’t just mean marching at protests, although that is a great place to start. There are many ways that you can stand up for your beliefs.
- Let Your Voice Be Heard: Since the power over abortion rights is now in the hands of the state, contact your state or local representative to let them know your requests as their constituent. This can be done over the phone, by email, or at local meetings.
- Get Involved: If you don’t like the political options in your area, consider becoming more involved in local politics. Even the most minor positions could significantly impact your local laws.
- Make Your Money Talk: You can make your money do the talking by boycotting companies that support anti-choice legislation or politicians. Several groups are already online planning to do just that.
Donate to The Cause
Another way to have your money speak for you is through donations. Now, more than ever, organizations work tirelessly to supply the support and health care that women need. Now, they’re going to be working to bring women to states that are still safe for them to get the care they desperately need. This includes:
Also, do your research on any local organizations you could also donate to.
Don’t Forget November
Most importantly, don’t forget to vote. This November marks the midterm elections, which, while often overlooked, are vital to who will have power in Congress next year. If you haven’t already, start researching your local candidates TODAY to learn whose values stand with your own.
Don’t just vote for the status quo candidate either. Look at newer candidates and be a part of their grassroots campaign. Look into who will be the best for your area. Plus, talk to your friends about who they might want to support.
There’s no doubt that these are scary times that we are facing. It’s a genuine possibility that the lives of thousands of women will be on the line as abortion bans begin to take effect. Don’t let this defeat you. Use it to drive you, and together we can make a change for a brighter future.