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September 3, 2021

On September 1, Texas enacted S.B. 8, an outrageous abortion ban that not only amounts to an effective total ban on abortions, but creates a bizarre bounty hunter situation where anyone can sue another person for assisting someone who has an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy - and be rewarded with $10,000 plus attorney fees if they succeed. In a country of draconian abortion laws, this is the most wack-a-doodle one yet, and probably the scariest - as the Supreme Court, in a signal of how they plan to treat any challenges to Roe (the next of which happens next month), declined to strike the law down. Things are heating up in Gilead, and it's not good. 

Here to talk about what's going on in Texas is Elisa Wells, co-founder of Plan C Pills. Plan C Pills is a website that provides information on how Americans, in any state, can access abortion pills online. Elisa explains what's going on in Texas, how access is similarly limited in other states, and how mail-order abortion pills can help. No matter what state you're in, you can access abortion pills by mail, and Plan C can help you figure out how. 

Elisa also discusses tons of resources for legal questions, medical questions, and general support related to seeking or completing a medicine abortion.

Lastly and importantly, we discuss how you can help by spreading the word and donating to organizations increasing equitable access to abortion in Texas and all over the United States.

Please check out the resources linked in the notes (below) and help us get the word out.

Resources (in the order discussed on the podcast):

  • Aid Access
  • “Vessel” documentary about Rebecca Gomperts and Women on Waves
  • Journal article documenting the experience of buying abortion pills from online vendors that do not require a prescription and evaluating the active ingredient content of the pills received
  • If/When/How’s Repro Legal Helpline
  • The Miscarriage and Abortion Hotline; provides access to clinical support for people self-managing abortion
  • Plan C Pills on Instagram and TikTok
  • Donate to Plan C or Aid Access 
  • Donate to abortion funds like Lilith Fund (Texas), Texas Equal Access Fund, or other Texas abortion funds. OR, split a donation between all of them at once, here (the TX funds banded together to create an ActBlue donation link for all of them)
  • Check out the National Network of Abortion Funds to donate to them or your local abortion fund
  • Fantastic article on how to help Texans right now: Abortion funds and beyond: Here are the best ways to help Texans
  • Plan C Pills Ambassador of Information Program
  • Interview Elisa did with Ms. Magazine on their Texas Road Trip to educate Texans on how to get abortion pills online (see photos of the mobile billboard and Cadillac Ranch art we discussed on the podcast) 
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