This question often gets asked by a generation that has been working longer than they should have been required to work to secure basic, fundamental rights to privacy and bodily integrity.
We could have a long conversation deconstructing what is really behind this question, what it means and who it indicts and whether it is useful or harmful or poorly framed but well-intentioned, but today, I’m just going to answer it for you, because we have important work to do.
This morning, in Texas, I know where the young women are. They are on the phone.
(1) They are calling abortion clinics around Texas to see which ones are able to provide abortion services at all, legally, in the wake of last night’s Fifth Circuit ruling.
(2) They are calling back the people who have been calling them, asking for help paying for an abortion, paying for a hotel in the town where they can get an abortion, asking what town they need to go to in order to get an abortion, and how they can get there now, quickly, before the price goes up because the pregnancy gets farther along.
They are doing triage on our constitutional rights.
They are having to tell desperate women who need help paying $1,400 for a procedure that they can make a grant of $50, or $75, and that they’ll only be able to do that once they find a clinic that is still able to provide an abortion.
They are on the phone because they are the board members and volunteers of Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Clinic Access Support Network—all affiliated with the National Network of Abortion Funds.
They are on the phone because, despite their hard work to grow this conversation beyond just abortion rights and just women to reproductive justice, gender equality, and an intersectional movement for respect and reform, the regressive majority in the Texas legislature has brought it all back to abortion access.
That conversation needs to happen, but this morning, the people who’ve done the hard work of bringing it up are on the phone, so they’re busy and they’ll have to get back to you.
If you want to tell them where you are this morning, you can do so by making a donation to one or all of those organizations listed above. And then, the next time someone asks where are the young women, you’ll have the answer. They are right there beside you, doing the hard work of the movement, just like you.
UPDATE – Texas Solidarity Challenge
Right now, a donor will match your gift, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 , when you make a gift to the National Network of Abortion Funds for their Texas Solidarity Fund. Donate here!