Post-Roe: June 28, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

Today I spent much of my day contemplating what I will do if Roe falls.

I live in a state where abortion will likely remain legal, unless there’s a sweeping federal ban, which I don’t see happening. I think erosion will continue at the state level, bolstered by Supreme Court decisions.

So where does that leave those of us in states where that may be an influx of people seeking abortion care, because they can’t end a pregnancy in their own state? What are our responsibilities?

Opening our homes to people traveling here for abortions. Giving them a place to stay. Feeding them and caring for them while they’re here.

Mailing Plan B to people elsewhere if their OTC or even prescription access has been cut off.

Donating money to abortion funds so that people can make expensive trips across state lines to access routine and possibly life-saving medical care.

Working as clinic escorts to assure that people feel a buffer between themselves and the hate outside their doctor’s office.

Fighting as hard as we can to overturn restrictive anti-abortion legislation in our bordering states so that no one needs to travel a remarkable distance to access healthcare.

Our parents and grandparents did these things, in a pre-Roe world. We’ll do them to, if we need to. You won’t win.

D

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