Advocates said that despite the Supreme Court’s action, Congress could still codify the right to abortion through legislation such as the Women’s Health Care Act, which the Senate failed to ratify in May. In addition to demanding federal protection for abortion, people should call on lawmakers to ratify every act, which removes a long-standing provision that prohibits the use of federal funds such as Medicaid for abortion. Supporters of abortion rights should focus on eliminating laws that require parental involvement in the decision of abortion for minors, he said. Currently, 37 states have such laws on the books, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
“Most young people involve parents in making their decisions and in their abortion experiences, but there are many cases where this is not true for young people for many different reasons,” he said. “The requirement adds a huge barrier.”
And yes, on November 8 – and every other election day – vote for leaders who support abortion rights.
“In 2022, there is no gray area. People who are elected and want to represent us … have fought to expand abortion rights or they have not, ”Robinson said. “We have to hold people accountable and vote accordingly.”
Educate yourself and share information about abortion at home
Advocates emphasize that people educate themselves about self-administered abortion at home with drugs. Drug abortion, a nonsurgical procedure that takes a combination of prescription drugs to terminate pregnancy for up to 11 weeks, has been widely tested and has a high success rate.
By 2020, more than half of all abortions in the US are drug abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute; With states outlawing surgical abortions, more people are expected to terminate pregnancy in this way. The FDA allows healthcare providers to send pills to patients by mail, but it can be legally dangerous depending on where you live, as some states work to restrict how drugs are distributed.
“It’s important for people to share information on how they can safely and effectively end their pregnancy on their own terms,” Marzouk said.
Young people can join the Youth Abortion Support Collective, a network organized by advocates for youth, and receive training on how to self-manage abortion. Marzouk said people can learn more about this option through abortion on our own rules website, which includes links to educational information and legal resources on the procedure, such as the when / how / how repro legal helpline.
Urge colleges and universities to provide abortion care on campus
Young people can fight for access to abortion on their college campuses.
“We know that most colleges and universities do not provide access to abortion through their on-campus health centers, and they should,” Marzouk said, calling expanding access to higher education institutions a “low lift.”
In 2019, California became the first state to require public colleges and universities to provide drug abortion at no cost to students. Massachusetts lawmakers are working to enforce a similar law.
The move could help alleviate some of the burden on community clinics, which may be inundated with more out-of-state patients, Marzouk said.
“By changing some abortion seekers to have access to abortion on their campuses, we can eliminate that overwhelming need,” he said.
Insist on your superiors to support employees who need abortions
Advocates said people should call on major companies to give employees time and pay the cost to employees who have to leave their home state to get an abortion.
In the months before the Supreme Court ruling, several companies, including Yelp, Citigroup, Starbucks and Amazon, said they would reimburse travel expenses for employees seeking abortion care.
“Talk to your boss, talk to your leadership of the place where you work and ask them to support access, especially for people who live in difficult and challenging places,” Robinson said.