By Evy Gallagher
With the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade and trigger laws in thirteen states, women need resources and information now more than ever.
In 2019, the Human Life Protection Act was passed in Alabama. The act prohibited abortions in the state and left little room for exceptions, even for incest and rape, though there was an injunction placed upon it that same year for failing to align with the Supreme Court precedent. As of June 28, 2022, the injunction was lifted and elective abortions immediately became illegal in Alabama. This decision will and has already affected women all over the country, especially when it comes to marginalized women.
The Center for Reproductive Rights says “such measures disproportionately harm people that already face discriminatory obstacles to accessing health care.”
Alice has compiled information for people with uteruses at The University of Alabama, the state of Alabama and anyone else who may be looking for more help.
In Alabama, there are two planned parenthood locations, one in Birmingham and one in Mobile. Though it’s illegal for Planned Parenthood to perform abortions in the state of Alabama, they have vowed to walk women through their options, even if it means traveling to a different state to receive a legal abortion.
In Alabama, Planned Parenthood is currently offering birth control options, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing, along with many other services listed on their website.
Located in Tuscaloosa, AL, the West Alabama Women’s Center is creating a “Post-Roe Protection Fund” in order for “more contraceptives, more preventative healthcare and more treating patients who are having poor pregnancy outcomes but are afraid to go to hospitals for help.”
West Alabama Women’s center is currently still providing pregnancy complication services, contraception options and annual exams. Donating to the “Post-Roe Fund” on their website will help support patients in need.
According to their website, the Yellowhammer Fund is an Alabama-based “501(c)3 abortion fund and reproductive justice organization serving Alabama, Mississippi and the Deep South.”
The fund focuses on supporting marginalized communities and the right to access abortion services. The organization will offer funds for just about everything from the actual abortion process, to travel and food costs. On their website, they provide free emergency contraceptive orders to residents of Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida panhandle. Those who want to donate to The Yellowhammer Fund can do so online.
If you need support in self-managing your abortion or miscarriage, call the hotline at 1-833-246-2632.
The hotline is available 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in all U.S. continental time zones and all 50 states “they will respond within an hour.” The Miscarriage and Abortion hotline also has information on where to find abortion pills, telehealth sites, medical options and mental health resources.