This post originally appeared on OTYCD in March 2018.
Support Americans who need late-term abortions.
No one gets an abortion after 20 weeks on a lark. You get an abortion after 20 weeks if you were raped and couldn’t get help earlier, or the baby is dead, or will die soon, or the pregnancy will kill you or end your fertility if you try to carry to term.
Obtaining an abortion after 20 weeks is an exceptionally expensive ordeal. Only a handful of doctors in the United States accept patients who need late-term abortions.
Only a handful of doctors do this work because of constant harassment from both pro-lifers and legislatures, which takes a toll on even the most thick-skinned and stiff-spined. Also, pretty much every other form of medicine is easier and better-paid than specializing in late-term abortions.
Read the June 2016 Jezebel story Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks, by Jia Tolentino. Warning: It’s graphic, emotionally wrenching, and utterly unforgettable. You’ll need time to decompress afterward. There’s also no reason to think anything has changed for people in this situation since the story was published.
Once you’ve done that, consider donating to the George Tiller Memorial Abortion Fund, which helps people who need late-term abortions but don’t have the money to cover the procedure and associated costs.
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