How can I help rural women who want to obtain an abortion?
June 30, 2014 4:59 PM Subscribe
I live in a rural place, the nearest Planned Parenthood is far away and hard to access if you're poor and/or without a car. I want to help women in my area get to the clinic if that's what they need. How can I do this?
posted by blue_bicycle to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
We live in a rural part of the country with a lot of poverty and no reliable public transit. The closest Planned Parenthood is an hour's drive from here, in a different state and over a mountain pass that is sometimes closed. I can imagine that a lot of women who would choose an abortion for themselves might have trouble getting to the clinic. I have a car and I work flexible hours from home. Is there some way I can make it known that I'd be willing to give women in my area a ride to the clinic if they need it?
I doubt the PP would hand out my number, but maybe they would? I used to work as a clinic escort so I'm familiar with dealing with patients and problems of access, but this is a different situation. I considered putting an ad on craigslist, but that makes me nervous since our area is very conservative and the last thing I need is a local pro-life psycho coming to my house with his guns.
So, is there a way to do this or should we just up our recurring donation? My husband and I donate every month to Planned Parenthood.
(As a background anecdote: I am the mother of 5 month old twins who I love to the moon and back but being pregnant/a mother has made me more pro-choice than ever.)