As you may know, today is the 1st ever #GivingTuesday, a day to give back and celebrate generosity. There are a lot of worthy causes I could write about that are dear to my heart: feminist media, domestic violence shelters, animal sanctuaries. And if you give to any of these…huzzah! But I’m going to write about why it’s important to give to abortion funds. Because of all the causes and charities I support, abortion funds may just be the most stigmatized.
Reproductive rights are human rights. Abortion is healthcare. No one has the right to dictate what you do with your body. No one should ever be turned away from having an abortion (or any medical care) due to an inability to pay. Everyone should have the ability to make healthcare choices without worrying about financial constraints.
Having vacillated my whole life between living low-income and fiscal comfort, I know what it’s like to have to choose between rent and groceries, healthcare and electricity. I know what it’s like to go hungry because you’ve already spent your entire paycheck on bills. Desperately worrying about where you’re going to get the money to pay your expenses is a frenetic nightmare. No one should ever have to decide between rent or their reproductive healthcare.
…So why do I give to abortion funds? For all of these reasons. Because I trust people to choose what’s right for them. Because income should never mandate healthcare. Because I hope someday, reproductive freedom will truly be free.