Because of so much restrictive pro-forced birth legislation in Republican-run states, fundraising has become necessary to provide many women with access to safe and legal abortions.
Women are increasingly made to remain pregnant longer than they would have wanted (so much for those first-few-weeks-of-pregnancy requirements). They also must drive hours and hours to the dwindling number of abortion clinics, which means taking a few days off of work and/or arranging for child care.
And for low-income women, that means unequal access to a medical procedure they need. We have voter inequality. We have income inequality. We have marriage inequality. We have employment inequality. We have education inequality. And now we have additional health care inequality.
According to abortion rights organizations, about 42% of women who have the procedure live below the poverty line, so all those new GOP laws affect them disproportionately.
Today a Los Angeles Times story brings us a glimmer of hope for those who can't afford women's medical services. Nonprofit groups are stepping up to raise money for them:
Republican-controlled legislatures have passed laws leading to reduced access to abortion, including 24-hour waiting periods that mean women must make two trips, mandatory ultrasounds that add to the cost, limits on the use of tax dollars and stricter standards for clinics that have led some to shut down.
As a result, low-income women are increasingly seeking assistance from little-known abortion funding groups, including the Lilith Fund. The mainly volunteer-run nonprofits in 40 states offer advice, grants and sometimes interest-free loans, raising money with wine tastings, yard sales and casserole cook-offs. [...]
The Hersey fund turns away seven of eight women who call, reserving its money for women who fall into certain categories, such as those who are incarcerated, homeless or survivors of sexual or domestic violence.
Women who choose not to be pregnant now have help, and I, for one, am very grateful.