It’s undeniable that reproductive rights are under attack in our country. Recently, we’ve seen state after state pass outrageous prohibitions on abortion. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio all passed six-week abortion bans. Then Alabama passed a law criminalizing abortion in almost all circumstances (including cases of rape and incest) and punishing doctors with up to 99 years in prison. Now Louisiana has also passed a six-week abortion ban without exceptions for rape and incest, and Missouri is on the verge of shutting down the last abortion clinic in the state (on top of their recent eight-week abortion ban).

It can feel absolutely infuriating and demoralizing to watch these assaults on reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy from afar. But there is something that we can do right here in New York City to ensure that abortion care remains accessible to everyone who needs it:

WHARR is part of a coalition uniting behind the #FundAbortionNYC campaign to make New York City the first city in the nation to directly fund abortion care. We are calling on the New York City Council to expand the Reproductive and Sexual Health Services Initiative in the FY2020 city budget to include $250,000 in funding to the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF). NYAAF helps hundreds of people each year pay for the abortion care they need when facing economic and logistical barriers to access. As more people are forced to travel to New York from states affected by the recent bans, additional funding for NYAAF becomes even more critical.

As other states continue to pass laws that restrict abortion access, New York City can and should set the national standard as a place where abortion is not only accessible, but affordable for all. Please join WHARR in this effort by calling your Council Member and spreading the word.

And join us on June 5th for a special meeting: Level Up Your Activism with INBK, GOBK & WHARR! You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about the #FundAbortionNYC campaign, hear directly from NYAAF about their work, and learn from reproductive health policy experts about effective abortion messaging and the landscape of bans across the country.