It’s not even 10:00 a.m. at Philadelphia’s abortion fund and I’m already overwhelmed. But the counselors are cheerful, eager to do what they can for low-income women who can’t afford abortions in southeastern Pennsylvania.
The economic downturn, and the accompanying surge in need for assistance, is wiping out local grassroots abortion funds.
It’s clear the recession is having a disproportionate impact on the women abortion funds serve. Our intake forms are filled with women saying they have lost their jobs, been evicted, or are living on the streets.
Family Research Council members convinced a New Jersey hotel to stop offering discounted room rates to women coming to the state seeking abortion care. Is cutting off assistance for lodging and travel for women seeking abortion care the best way to help or simply a low-blow to women in vulnerable circumstances?
We do not allow the government to deny us the right to vote because we are poor, nor are we denied the right to freedom of religion because we cannot afford it. So why is the right to an abortion, one explicitly protected by the Constitution, any different?
The Hyde Amendment killed Rosie Jiménez. She died thirty years ago today, and we remember her because she has become a symbol of all women and girls everywhere who are denied their human right to safe, legal, funded, and accessible abortion care.
Abortion funds know that for low-income and uninsured women, Roe v. Wade has, essentially, been overturned.