On Sunday, in honor of Women's Equality Day, reproductive rights organizations and progressive activists protested Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. (You can read more about how and why here and here.)
Whether you joined the protests and are looking for next steps, or you missed it (we did - J had to work) and still want to get involved, there's more that we all can do.
Nearly 80% of Americans believe that some form of abortion should be legal (and 50% believe it should be legal under any circumstance), yet conservative lawmakers continue to take steps to restrict access to safe, legal abortions (in many cases by also requiring that doctors provide misleading or factually incorrect information to their patients), as well as restrict access to the reproductive health care and family planning that would make many abortions unnecessary. The fight over access to reproductive health care has taken on greater urgency with a Supreme Court nominee who threatens to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Here are five simple things you can do to help ensure that healthcare decisions can continue to be made by the people who need to make them: patients and their doctors.
1) Call your Senator (get connected through the Senate's switchboard at 202-224-3121) and demand they block any nominee to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe.
2) Read up on your state's laws on access to reproductive health care, including what would happen to abortion access in your state if Roe were overturned.
3) Most regulations and restrictions on abortion and reproductive health care are made at the state level. Does your state have protections on the books if Roe were overturned? Does your state have restrictions in place that make it harder to access healthcare? Contact your state legislators and let them know that access to reproductive healthcare is a priority for you. This web site has links to the home pages for the state legislative bodies; here's the one for the New York State Assembly, where you can search by address to find out who your representative is.
4) Join the Planned Parenthood Action Fund by texting "RESIST" to 22422 to get text updates on more ways to get involved and take a stand.
5) SisterSong is a network of individuals and organizations focused on improving reproductive justice for marginalized communities. You can support their work and score some sweet resistance swag at their shop here. Then visit uniteforjustice2018.com to download free printables and graphics for sharing on social media to show your support.
Photo at top from Planned Parenthood Action.