So, with a near-total ban on abortions effective in Texas and no help from the Supreme Court, what is there left to do? Well, plenty. Again, abortion is still technically legal in all 50 states, including Texas as long as it happens before six weeks of pregnancy. Clinics across Texas are still open and providing abortion in compliance with the restrictions of SB8. And, while paying for or bringing someone to get an abortion after six weeks in Texas might be seen as “aiding and abetting,” the law may not prohibit people in Texas for paying for or transporting someone to an abortion outside state lines, where the abortion would be legal, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights Marc Hearron told reporters on September 1.
That’s why abortion clinics, funds, and advocacy groups still need support. If you’re looking to donate some time or money to help people seeking abortion in Texas, here are a few organizations to check out.
The Lilith Fund
The Lilith Fund provides financial assistance and emotional support for Texans seeking abortion. In 2020, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott temporarily banned abortion because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lilith Fund still managed to help 1,300 people find safe and legal abortions, dispersing $452,882 to those people to help fund their abortions.
Jane’s Due Process
Jane’s Due Process is an organization that helps Texas teens access birth control and abortion as they navigate the state’s strict laws around parental consent. They provide legal support for teens seeking a judicial bypass to get an abortion, advocate for young people’s reproductive rights, and more.
Texas Equal Access Fund
The Texas Equal Access (TEA) Fund helps low-income people in the northern part of Texas pay for abortion care. Because abortion restrictions most impact low-income people and people of color, that’s who the TEA Fund focuses most on serving. Currently, the organization is holding a fundraiser as part of North Texas Giving Day, which you can find here. You can also donate here.
In addition to donations, you can sign up to volunteer here. Right now, the fund’s website says it is looking for volunteer on their text hotline.
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance
A plaintiff in the the lawsuit to block SB8, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance is a reproductive healthcare clinic and advocacy organization that operates in a handful of states, including Texas. On August 31, doctors at the Fort Worth clinic stayed until nearly midnight, treating patients who flocked to the clinic to get an abortion before the clock ran out.