8 actions you can take to advocate for reproductive rights

Jan. 22, 2023

By Isabella Bartlett
Staff Writer

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which held that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to an abortion prior to the viability of the fetus. 

On June 22, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson v. Women’s Health Organization. In light of this ruling, here are eight actions you can take to combat anti-abortion laws:

1. Contact state and federal representatives. Writing a letter to state legislators is an easy and effective way to stand up for reproductive rights. Use this website to find your Congressional representative. Alternatively, you can write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, and use this resource as a guide. 

2. Donate to independent abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood and those who are criminalized for their abortions. Abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood are necessary resources for people needing abortions. Now, more than ever, they are in need of funding. Consider donating to those who have faced criminal charges for their abortions as well. Use personal Cash Apps, GoFundMe or PayPal. Donate to independent clinics at the websites of Keep our Clinics and Planned Parenthood.

3. Educate yourself on the status of reproductive rights in other states. Reproductive rights don’t just matter in your own state. Be informed about other states’ restrictions and laws regarding reproductive rights. Finding information is easier than ever thanks to the internet. The website is a useful resource.

4. Organize protests or events. If there are no protests or events around you, set up your own. The internet and social media make it easy to connect to others who share your beliefs. Events do not just have to be in person; virtual discussions or meetings can be just as effective.

5. Share news on social media. Social media is the perfect place to spread awareness and advocate for reproductive rights. Follow credible accounts that give updates on the state of abortion laws throughout the country. Repost stories about reproductive rights, amplify the voices of others and spread awareness about anti-abortion laws being passed.

6. Share your story and listen to others. If you or someone you know has needed or had an abortion, share that story to spread awareness and let others know they are not alone. Having a support system is critical during difficult situations. Listen to other people’s stories to learn about the firsthand experiences of those affected by anti-abortion laws and offer support.

7. Sign petitions. Signing petitions is a free, easy and effective way to demand change. Petitions allow anyone’s voice to be heard. Sign credible petitions at change.org. 

8. Stay updated on statewide and local laws regarding reproductive rights using credible news sources or subscribing to relevant mailing lists. Laws are constantly changing and there are plenty of credible sources to gain information about reproductive rights. Subscribing to relevant mailing lists is a free and easy way to stay in the know. Some credible mailing lists include those of the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Guttmacher Institute.

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