Mobilize to Liberate Abortion
DECEMBER 1, 2021
On December 1, 2021 the U.S Supreme Court will consider whether bans on abortion before viability are unconstitutional. This case is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade core holding: that every person has the right to decide whether to continue their pregnancy prior to viability.
Join us in activating across the country to center Mississippians as they continue to fight back. Check out Actions By Location for ways to take action for abortion access on December 1st. You can also watch the livestream from the rally in Washington, D.C.
Actions by location
What’s at Stake?
In June 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court announced they would take-up Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban during their Fall 2021 term. A Supreme Court decision on this case will likely come next year, in the summer of 2022. Central to this case is whether the states have the right to ban abortion early in pregnancy, prior to a fetus’ viability. This unprecedented challenge to abortion access in front of our highest court has the potential to undermine Roe v. Wade and severely curtail abortion access.
Abortion funds are the experts on navigating the landscape of shrinking abortion access, with decades of collective wisdom and practice getting people over many types of barriers to the abortions they seek. Funds uniquely understand the evolving needs in their local communities and have been responding in the face of abortion restrictions for years.
Abortion funds are calling for increased philanthropic support while we’re building an organized, grassroots base of supporters, because the impacts of an anti-abortion Supreme Court decision will reach far and wide.
What we know is that no matter what happens in this case, Roe was never enough. Abortion funds support people in overcoming obstacles to abortion access every day precisely because Roe never guaranteed abortion access. If Roe is overturned, the problems people face trying to get abortions will become far more acute and the need for abortion and practical support funding will only grow.
The people most affected by legal and logistical barriers to abortion access include people of color, people who face documentation barriers, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and other people who are routinely denied access to healthcare.
Despite the threats to legal abortion, our network will continue to build power to realize a world where every reproductive decision, including abortion, takes place in thriving communities that are safe, peaceful, and affordable. The fundamental right to make decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures is vital to the pursuit of racial, reproductive, and economic justice.
What does Abortion Justice mean?
Abortion Justice is a phrase coined by our friends at All* Above All that recognizes that racism, economic insecurity, and immigration status multiply the massive barriers to abortion care. So, our solutions must include racial, economic, and immigrant justice.
Abortion justice is about more than just protecting Roe—the right to an abortion. The reality is, the legal right to abortion alone has never been enough to ensure people, especially BIPOC and people working to make ends meet, can get the care they need when they need it. We need more than legality, we need a world where abortion is affordable and available in all of our communities, when people need care, from providers and in ways that people trust. We need abortion justice, which is why we’re rallying for it across the nation.
Rally for Abortion Justice National Policy Demands*
- Congress must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act and the EACH Act to end the Hyde Amendment. Politicians must act to protect the availability of all abortion care and the people who provide that care; ensure it is affordable; and ensure it can reach BIPOC communities and those working to make ends meet without unnecessary barriers, stigma, or shame.
- Securing legal abortion was just the beginning. The future of abortion must be accessible, affordable, and supported with love and compassion. People should be able to get reproductive healthcare that meets their needs throughout their lives and is provided in ways people trust.
- Many of the states most likely to lose access to abortion care are also having their voting access stripped away. The majority of people support abortion access, and yet our ability to vote to make our own voices heard and values known are on the line. Stripping abortion access and voting rights target the same communities.
- It’s no coincidence that anti-abortion politicians are stripping away abortion rights and voting access at the same time. They know if you can’t vote, you can’t stop them from making bad abortion policies. This is how systematic racism works: by keeping marginalized communities from influencing decisions that affect them most.
*Abortion funds are drafting our own demands to add to these. Stay tuned in the coming months!