Provide abortion services from Federal Lands

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Provide abortion services from Federal Lands

A Republican packed Supreme Court stripped women to their freedom to decide for ourselves whether and when to have children.

… with no exceptions for rape nor incest. Women are being bankrupted and forced to travel thousands of miles for healthcare. Reduce the suffering. Provide women abortion services from Federal Lands. See where Federal Lands are located on this StoryMap to see where such services might be provided from.

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Republicans deny the freedom to choose

“States have constructed a web of abortion laws and regulations that restrict or support whether, when and under what circumstances providers can offer abortion care and a pregnant individual can obtain an abortion. While a state’s abortion policies affect all people seeking care, they are particularly significant for individuals who find it difficult or outright impossible to access care when forced to navigate around abortion bans and restrictions. This includes people already facing barriers due to factors like their race, income, age or gender identity.” – Guttmacher Institute

Texas abortion policies are amongst the worst in the country

  • Pre-Roe abortion ban is still in place and can be enforced if Roe is overturned
  • “Trigger” ban on abortion is designed to take effect automatically or by quick state action if Roe is overturned
  • Abortion is banned at 6 weeks and later
  • Patients forced to make two trips—one for in-person counseling and another at least 24 hours later for the abortion
  • State Medicaid coverage of abortion care is banned except in very limited circumstances
  • Private health insurance of abortion is banned except in very limited circumstances
  • Medication abortion must be provided in person because state bans the use of tele-health
  • Parental consent or notice is required for a minor’s abortion
  • Only physicians can provide abortions and not other qualified health care professionals
  • Medication abortion is restricted through unnecessary regulations
  • Unnecessary regulations are in force and designed to shutter abortion clinics without basis in medical standards
Source: Guttmacher Institute

What are ‘federal lands‘?

Federal lands are lands in the United States owned by the federal government. Pursuant to the Property Clause of the United States Constitution (Article 4, section 3, clause 2), the Congress has the power to retain, buy, sell, and regulate federal lands, such as by limiting cattle grazing on them. These powers have been recognized in a long line of U.S. Supreme Court decisions.The federal government owns about 640 million acres of land in the United States, about 28% of the total land area of 2.27 billion acres. The majority of federal lands (610.1 million or 95 percent acres in 2015) are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), or U.S. Forest Service (USFS). BLM, FWS, and NPS are part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, while the Forest Service is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. – Wikipedia

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Organizing for women’s rights

Heather Booth was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago in 1965. Booth contacted the Medical Committee for Human Rights, when she heard from a friend whose sister was in emotional distress over an unwanted pregnancy She started the Jane Collective out of her University of Chicago dorm. Soon after that experience, Booth started getting calls from other pregnant women seeking abortions. So, she set up a system where women could call her at her dorm — asking for “Jane,” her pseudonym — and Booth would direct them to Howard. “It wasn’t designed as a political operation, it wasn’t designed even as a movement,” Booth said. – Market Realist

“I was horrified but not surprised,” Booth told NPR last month, recalling her reaction to the Supreme Court decision. “For years, illegitimate authorities have been chipping away, state by state, rule by rule, impacting women’s lives on the most intimate decision of our life.”

“Anybody can be a catalyst for change.”  Vice explained in a 2018 profile of the Jane Collective which is featured in The Janes is a documentary and call to action.

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TakeAway: Consider all the options that would restore women their freedom to choose when and whether to have families.

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