“Now is not the time to feel hopeless or helpless. Now is the time to act.” This is how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, most commonly known as AOC, starts her call out for donations in order to help Texas women get an abortion.
Thanks to the GOP and Gov. Greg Abbott, a new law entered into force today (SB 8), September 1st, that bans abortion as early as 6 weeks and puts a minimum of a $10,000 bounty on anyone that helps someone obtain an abortion in Texas. This law brings back Texas to the past, restricting women’s rights and criminalizing them for choosing over their own bodies.
Texas Democrats tried their best to stop the law, but their efforts were fruitless. They condemned harshly the law through a statement:
“It is shameful that in 2021, a handful of conservative politicians are still interfering in our right to healthcare and our control over our most fundamental personal choices. S.B. 8 is not only a draconian ban on our right to access abortion care – it also places a bounty on our rights. […]”
Nationally, some of the most prominent progressive democrats are doing their best to help the women of Texas to continue exercising their rights. AOC has launched an online fundraising to help women pay for their procedure and get logistical help like a ride to the clinic.
Jessica Cisneros, part of the Justice Democrats, the political group that AOC is part of and helped her get elected into office, has also been very vocal about the abortion bill.
Abbott launched an all-arms attack on women’s rights in Texas, but the fight has just begun. If you want to chip in and help the women of Texas, the fundraising launched by AOC is available here.
All the money collected through the fundraising will be equally divided into 8 different organizations: Support Your Sistah at the Afiya Center, Fund Texas Choice, Jane’s Due Process, Clinic Access Support Network, Frontera Fund, West Fund, the Lilith Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, The Bridge Collective, and Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Inc