Abortion laws across the United States have been in flux since the Supreme Court overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion in June 2022. This means that, in states where abortion is restricted, women are considering traveling out of state to obtain abortions. This includes minors. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 36 states at this time require … Continue reading # 54. Advocate for laws preventing minors from obtaining abortions out of state without parental permission.
#47. Create a “Contact Our Reps” group.
There are many ways to advocate for change through legislation, but in the end these efforts usually require the cooperation of elected officials. So let your officials know what you think and want. Research suggests staffers take more notice of personalized content that required some effort (i.e. online petition signatures mean little to them, but … Continue reading #47. Create a “Contact Our Reps” group.
#44. Advocate for trigger laws in your state.
A trigger law is a law that isn't currently enforceable, but certain changes in circumstance could "trigger" the law to go into effect. Some states have laws that will go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned or sufficiently weakened; in some cases these state laws ensure abortion access, but in most cases they … Continue reading #44. Advocate for trigger laws in your state.
#33. Advocate for informed consent laws regarding ultrasound viewing.
Women seeking abortion are entitled to informed consent, which should include information about the development of their embryo or fetus. Research has found that when women seeking abortion are offered the option to view their ultrasounds, over 40% choose to do so. The same research finds that, as a result of viewing the ultrasound, some … Continue reading #33. Advocate for informed consent laws regarding ultrasound viewing.
#23. Advocate for perinatal hospice notification.
Perinatal hospice provides support to parents experiencing a pregnancy in which the child has a life-limiting condition that may result in the child's death before or shortly after birth. The services can include birth planning; emotional support for the parents; warmth, comfort, and nutrition for the newborn; and medical treatments to improve the baby's quality … Continue reading #23. Advocate for perinatal hospice notification.
#13. Advocate for restrictions on late-term abortion in your state.
Polls find American support for abortion wanes as the pregnancy progresses. Even many pro-choice people are uncomfortable with the idea of abortion later in pregnancy, particularly if such abortions are medically unnecessary. But many people don't realize the legal status of late-term abortion where they live. First, familiarize yourself with abortion laws in your state. … Continue reading #13. Advocate for restrictions on late-term abortion in your state.
#11. Sponsor or create advertisements for pro-life legislation.
If you know of pro-life legislation--especially at the local or state levels--that you support, contact the sponsoring organization(s) and offer to donate funds for local advertising. You can help them pay for TV, newspaper, or radio spots, billboards, or targeted social media ads. Or you can volunteer your time to help distribute flyers or drop … Continue reading #11. Sponsor or create advertisements for pro-life legislation.
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