The Day After the Ruling: What Can You Do?
This morning many of us woke up with heavy hearts in light of the 5th Circuit's decision regarding HB2. The court has decided that the state may enforce the law in its entirety, which today shutters all but eight clinics in the state. That means that people in Texas will have to travel farther to receive care, and it means that abortion procedures will have to be scheduled even later into pregnancies because of a very real lack of access. And this law doesn't impact everyone equally. While the court found that the law did not burden a "significant number" of people in the state, we beg to differ. We currently receive more than 300 calls a month requesting our help. This law will most heavily impact the poor, immigrants, people of color, and young people.
Today we wake up in a state where there is no healthcare equity.
We see people wondering what they can do to help. Texas Equal Access Fund is an abortion fund serving the people in the northern half of Texas. We help people pay for their abortions, and we advocate for the removal of barriers to abortion in Texas. We believe that everyone, no matter their circumstances, should have access to safe abortion, and we believe that without access there is no choice. Right now you can stand with us in a variety of ways.
Join our Bowl-a-Thon: Do you have a business and want to sponsor our bowl-a-thon? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Would you like to bowl in our bowl-a-thon on Oct. 26 and raise money for abortion funding while spreading the word about TEA Fund? Sign up here! If you can't bowl, you can throw a few dollars behind a bowler.
Become a Monthly Subscriber: We have several long-time supporters who give a few dollars every month to the TEA Fund. We call them our RJ Heroes. You can become an RJ Hero for as little as $5 a month. Or you can make a one-time donation here.
Volunteer: We have various ways that you can get involved with the TEA Fund. Click here to find out more.
Register to Vote: These laws were passed by the state legislature. Make sure that you're registered to vote and that your registration is up-to-date. Keep an eye on your state legislators, call their offices, and send them letters. The law may be in place, but we do not have to stop fighting. Learn more about voter registration in Texas here.
There are a variety of ways you can help Texans as we face these enormous hurdles to abortion access. The TEA Fund and other abortion support organizations around the state are still standing and fighting, and we invite you to stand with us. We will not abandon the people of Texas to these laws. But we cannot do this without your help.
Nan Little Kirkpatrick
Executive Director, TEA Fund