The Women's Health Protection Act, which the Senate failed to pass in May, would codify the right to abortion. Marzouk said that people should call on lawmakers to pass the EACH Act, which would allow federal funds to be used for abortions. She said that abortion rights supporters should focus on getting rid of laws that require parents to be involved in their child's decision to have an abortion. The Guttmacher Institute says that 37 states have such laws.
She said that most young people involve parents in their decision-making, but there are multiple cases where that is not a reality for young people. That adds a big barrier.
Vote for leaders who support abortion rights on November 8.
There is no gray in 2022. Robinson said that either electeds or people that want to represent them have fought for abortion rights. We have to hold people accountable and vote according to the law.
People can self-manage abortions at home with medication. There is a high success rate for medication abortion, a non surgical procedure that involves taking a combination of prescription medications to end a pregnant woman's life.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, medication abortions accounted for more than half of all abortions in the US in 2020. Depending on where you live, the FDA allows healthcare providers to send the pills by mail, but it can be risky if you live in a state that restricts how the drugs are distributed.
Sharing information about how people can safely end their pregnancies on their own terms is going to be very important.
The Youth Abortion Support Collective is for young people who want to learn how to manage their abortions. The Abortion on Our Own Terms website has educational information about the procedure and links to legal resources.
On college campuses, young people can fight for abortion access.
Most colleges and universities do not provide access to abortion through their campus health centers, and they should be, according to Marzouk.
California was the first state to require public colleges and universities to provide medication abortions for free. Legislators in Massachusetts are trying to pass a similar law.
Marzouk said that the move could help alleviate some of the burden on community clinics.
She said that shifting some of the abortion seekers to be able to obtain abortion access on their campuses would alleviate some of the need.
Major companies should cover the costs of employees who need to leave their home state to get an abortion, according to advocates.
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court's decision, several companies said they would reimburse employees for travel expenses they incur to get abortion care.
Robinson said to "talk to your boss, talk to your leadership of the place that you work, and ask them to support access for people that live in places where it's going to be difficult and challenging."