No one can ever truly plan for the end times.
That was my looping thought in the days after Roe v. Wade was overturned. We all knew it was coming, yet there was no way to prepare for how it would actually feel. Crushing. Paralyzing. Enraging. It was so much at once, and all we got from most people in power were meaningless platitudes, like “Let’s do all we can” and “Vote in November.”
We have now spent a month in post-Roe America and our worst fears are already coming true. A 10-year-old survivor of rape had to travel across state lines to access abortion care. One woman bled for more than 10 days due to an incomplete miscarriage. Accounts of patients unable to access critical and often lifesaving medication because side effects include possible miscarriage circulated almost immediately.
These consequences warrant more than platitudes — they require action. We can’t sit back and rely on the president or Congress or those in state government to do what needs to be done. It’s up to us to lead the fight. We need to create the battle plan ourselves, and then give them no other choice but to implement it.
So I asked myself: Right now, what can we do? It’s not an option to wait until November. Yes, we have to vote, but that’s not enough. We have to communicate exactly what can be done today to save people’s lives and take back our rights. And we need to make sure that every person who can get pregnant — and every person who gives a sh*t about those who can — knows precisely what they can do to fight back at this very moment.
HER Time, the political action committee I founded after I left Congress, has created a battle plan. We developed two resource guides that lay out all the things we can do: One guide is to help everyone we know access abortion care; the other is focused on political actions — which we need to push current elected leaders to take now — and the strategy to replace antichoice lawmakers at every level of government with those who will fight to restore and protect our rights.
In the abortion access guide, you’ll find important general resources for how to find pregnancy prevention care, abortion between 4-10 weeks, and abortion 10 weeks and beyond, along with the major funds that provide financial support for those who need to travel to get care. For most people, a good place to start is INeedAnA.com, which offers options based on age, zip code, and the number of weeks since your last period. It shows clinics, state restrictions, funding resources, information about the procedure, and more.
In the political guide, we present a three-track approach: 1) short-term action to pressure the president, Congress, and state legislatures to take bold, broad, and strategic steps now, including petitions with specific agendas laid out, such as passing legislation to protect the privacy of users of period-tracking apps; 2) longer-term, beyond-November actions to ensure that we elect two more Democratic senators, protect the Democrats currently in the Senate, expand the House majority, plus executive and state actions to be taken if we have the support needed in Congress; and 3) advocacy opportunities, including protests, volunteering, and financial support for on-the-ground organizations that need it.
Prior generations of abortion rights advocates fought to ensure we had the right to control our own bodies, choices, and lives. But now? This is our fight. We’re back to where our grandmothers started, and no one else is going to fix it for us.
It’s on us now, so buckle up.
Today I’m asking you: Please take the actions laid out in our guides. They present a lot of options and you can do what feels right to you. As we make progress, we’ll update the guides with what’s next. Print them out and pass them around, if that’s still a thing people do. Text actions to a friend. Make a TikTok about it. However you do it, get the word out. The only way things change is if we make them. Our guides give us the roadmap, but they mean nothing if we don’t do the work.
Will you join me?
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