Top 7 Things You Can Do Right Now for U.S. Abortion Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken away the constitutional right to abortion. Here’s how you can help.

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to abortion. This devastating ruling paved the way for states across the country to ban abortion outright—and half the U.S. states are expected take such action. 

Since the Court’s ruling, several states have already made abortion illegal, denying thousands access to essential health care. As states rush to enforce their extreme abortion bans, the Center for Reproductive Rights and its partners continue to fight to block them and preserve access to care.

Here are 7 things you can do today to help.

1. Donate to help those seeking abortion care.

Abortion funds provide direct financial and practical support like transportation, lodging and language translation. Practical support networks help abortion seekers with local travel and logistical resources. Support these groups and share information about them—they are critical to ensuring abortion access.

2. Donate to independent abortion clinics at Keep Our Clinics.

Small, community-based clinics provide the majority of abortion care in the U.S. and are more likely to be located in states hostile to abortion rights. When clinics close, entire communities lose access to abortion and other essential reproductive and sexual health services. 

3. Show up and protest.

Research local and state organizations and stay updated on what’s happening in your area. Find out about your local advocacy organizations and state coalitions supporting abortion rights and access. Sign up for their email updates and attend meetings and rallies.

4. Speak up and activate your network.

Speak to your friends, family, business colleagues, professional associates, community leaders—and anyone else you can think of—and tell them why the right to abortion is so essential to a person’s life and future. Activate your networks by creating your own message or sharing posts from our social media toolkit, #AbortionIsEssential.  

5. Learn more about abortion laws in your state.

Click through the Center’s “After Roe Fell: Abortion Laws by State” interactive map and tool to learn about the laws in your state and all other U.S. states—including which states have already made abortion illegal.

6. Find out where all your lawmakers stand on abortion rights.

Do you know where your state, local and federal elected officials stand on abortion rights? Call or email them to find out—and urge them to act now to protect abortion rights and access in law. 

7. Tell Congress—and the Biden administration—to take immediate action to protect abortion access.

The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) would protect the right to access abortion in every state, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe. The Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act of 2022 (H.R. 8297) would protect the right to travel to access abortion care across state lines. Both of these federal bills were recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and would need to overcome the Senate filibuster to be enacted.

The Supreme Court’s ruling has resulted in the delay or denial of health care to thousands of people across the country, and it has already caused devastating harm and utter chaos.

We must continue to act—today and every day—to work toward a future when every person, in every state, has the right to access abortion.

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