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It is 2020 and women’s reproductive health care remains under attack. At the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC), anti-choice activists proclaimed that President Donald Trump is the “most pro-life president we’ve ever had,” and the president himself has already suggested this Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling giving women the right to choose to have an abortion, could be overthrown during his presidency. More recently, President Trump issued a short list Conservatives he promises to appoint to the Supreme Court if re-elected in November, a new attempt to control women’s bodies.
This is why groups like Power to decide, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that strives to “ensure that all people, no matter who they are, where they live or what their economic situation might be, have the power to decide if, when and in what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child ”intervene to provide women with the information they need. Today, with the help of American Federation for Family Planning (PPFA), National Abortion Federation (NAF), and Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), Power to Decide has launched a digital abortion search tool that will allow women to easily and safely locate abortion service providers in their area.
“This is an essential tool at a critical time we find ourselves in to ensure that people, no matter who they are, where they live and what their economic situation is, have access to reproductive health services.” , Gillian Sealy, CEO of Decision-Making Power, tells Marie Claire. “Our commitment is to ensure that [the abortion finder tool] is constantly updated and that we provide the information necessary for people to access abortion services. Abortion is part of health care and should be treated as such. ”
The Power to Decide Abortion Finder, available at AbortionFinder.org, features more than 750 verified abortion service clinics across the country and includes a list of state laws that could limit a person’s access to abortion care. It can also be found on Bedside.org, a Power to Decide project that aims to keep people informed about their reproductive health. Power to Decide hopes the tool will provide more accessible information to everyone, especially blacks and browns who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and continually face barriers to accessing the reproductive health care they need.
“Under the guise of the pandemic and stay-at-home orders, states have lobbied a lot to use the pandemic as an excuse to ban abortion by seeing it as a non-essential procedure,” Sealy says, referring to States like Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, and Arkansas. “Abortion care is urgent. We want to make sure people can see their health care provider.”
The Trump administration recently filed an urgent request asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a restriction requiring patients seeking an early abortion pill to go to their clinician’s office – rather than receiving it by mail – and risk viral exposure. Again, this affects people of color the most. As the fight for reproductive rights continues, Sealy advises people to pay close attention to their state’s laws and remember that no matter how much misinformation is spread, abortion remains legal in the United States.
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