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May 17th, 2019

Donate to this NGO and help Alabama women access abortion services

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by:Yair Oded

Last Wednesday, Alabama joined 5 other states in effectively banning abortion, by instituting a ‘heartbeat law’, which prohibits the act of abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected (something that typically happens 6 weeks after conception and before most women are aware of their pregnancy).

While Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Iowa and Mississippi already adopted ‘heartbeat’ laws, fourteen other states are currently attempting to pass similar bills. Currently, Alabama’s law poses the harshest restrictions – as it prohibits abortion once a heartbeat is detected even in cases of rape and incest, and stipulates that doctors who perform it may face up to 99 years in prison.

In 2019 alone, roughly 300 different anti-abortion bills have been introduced across the country. And while organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood have been actively challenging such laws in court, it is the hope of some right-wing lawmakers that one (or more) of those cases will make their way up to the Supreme Court, which, given its conservative makeup, may decide to overturn its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the U.S.

What takes place in the U.S. currently is an aggressive war by conservatives on women’s rights, health, liberty, and advancement. Using flimsy scientific evidence, proponents of ‘heartbeat’ bills manipulate the public and promote the oppression of women.

The Yellowhammer Fund is an Alabama-based organization that provides funding for women who wish to access care in one of the state’s three abortion clinics.

Founded in early 2018, the organization assists women facing financial hardships in accessing abortion services, as well as helps them with travel and lodging arrangements.

The Yellowhammer fund is a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, and engages in, “collaborations, advocacy, and programming that further the goals of reproductive justice.”

Please consider donating to the organization, and contribute to the effort to empower Alabama’s women.

Image credit: Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post/Getty Images. 

yellowhammerfund.org