The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
The actions below are not intended to be an exhaustive list of ways to make change, rather serve as a guide or starting point. After determining with your community where your priorities lie, feel free to think creatively about the types of actions you would like to take.
Recently, we have witnessed unprecedented efforts by states throughout the U.S. to severely restrict or ban abortion. While the overall number of anti-abortion bills introduced in U.S. states thus far in 2019 is essentially the same as in 2018, the nature of the recent bills is more harmful and restrictive than anything introduced previously.
There has been a rise in anti-abortion bills such as targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws and fetal heartbeat laws – banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks’ gestation, earlier than many women even know they are pregnant.
Advocate for abortion access in your state or at the federal level. See what your state’s policies are here.
Securing the legal right to an abortion is not enough. Comprehensive sex education, accessible and affordable contraception, and access to other family planning services are directly linked to reproductive justice. Without them, individuals cannot make informed decisions about their bodies, sexual activity, or futures. Advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and/or sex education funding in your local school district. See what your state’s sex-ed policies are here.
Learn more about how the Women’s Health Protection Act and EACH Woman Act work in tandem to promote abortion access and affordability through this helpful one-page resource.
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