Earlier this week, we saw far-right extremism at play: The conservative majority of the Supreme Court allowed a near-total abortion ban that will disproportionately impact Black women in Texas.
Clinics are already turning people away who want to have an abortion, and those who work in reproductive justice in Texas are worried that they might be sued for helping people obtain abortions out of the state.
Black women already face significant barriers to obtaining quality reproductive healthcare. And what we know is true is that abortion care is healthcare.
That’s why we’re raising money for The Afiya Center in Texas — and we need #AllHandsOnDeckTX!
The Afiya Center needs support now more than ever to make sure that Black women seeking abortions and practical support can receive help with a wide range of services — from full-spectrum doula services, hotels, child care, and transportation without shame, unnecessary restrictions, or outside interference. The Afiya Center is doing critical work — and it’s on us and our people-power to fuel their efforts.
The Afiya Center is an advocacy organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Black women and girls through reproductive justice in Texas. There’s never been a more crucial time to act — can you chip in $5 or whatever you can spare to help Black folks get the reproductive resources they need?
This damning legislation is already in effect. It allows private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion, including those who give someone a ride to a clinic or provide financial assistance in obtaining an abortion.
It even bars abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, before many people even know they are pregnant. Horrifyingly, the law makes no exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest or rape.
We need #AllHandsOnDeckTX if we’re going to be there for the countless Black women and girls in Texas. Did you know that Black women account for about 25% of all abortions performed in Texas, but only make up for 13% of the state’s population? Plus, Black women are the same demographic that are disproportionately uninsured — which makes their reliance on public clinics that perform abortions even more crucial to their reproductive health.
The Afiya Center is counting on us to use our grassroots, people-power to fuel their efforts. We need to make sure they have all the resources to sustain their work. They’re working on a birthing and healing space, need to build a reliable team of volunteers to help do the work, and they’re working on materials so that folks have all they need to educate their friends and family members on what’s really at stake.
It’s on us to do all we can to get the resources that Black women need so their reproductive rights are protected. Donate to The Afiya Center now to help support their efforts in transforming the lives of Black women and girls through reproductive justice.