HER TIME'S GUIDE

to a Post-Roe World… and how we can fight back. 

As we navigate this post-Roe world, HER Time is here to help people access timely, safe, affordable abortion care and provide specific political actions that elected leaders and the public can take in the short-term and long-term to fight back.

Abortion Care Guide

People seek abortions for different reasons, at different points in their pregnancy. That means the care that makes sense for one person might not work for the next. Below are options for people seeking abortions at various points in their pregnancies. 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR BEST STARTING POINT

The most helpful resource we have found is this website, which will give you information about your options based on your age, zip code, and number of weeks since your last period: https://www.ineedana.com/. It shows clinics, state restrictions, funding resources including what each fund will cover (the medication, the travel, etc), information on the procedure, and more.

Important General Resources

Access to Pregnancy Prevention

If you had unprotected sex or your protection failed, you can take Plan B, sometimes referred to as the morning after pill. Plan B is emergency contraception you take within 72 hours after unprotected sex. Here are the basics:

  • The sooner you take it, the better it works.

  • It helps prevent pregnancy, but does not work if you’re already pregnant

  • No ID or Rx is required to purchase

  • It won’t hurt your chances of getting pregnant in the future

  • Plan B is less effective for people who weigh more than 155 lbs, in which case you will want to order the Ella morning after pill.

 

You can find out more about Plan B, including how to buy it, at https://www.planbonestep.com/

 

*PRO-TIP*

Since demand has spiked in recent weeks, some places are starting to limit purchases of Plan B. If you are currently sexually active or plan to be in the future, you may consider placing an order for a morning after contraceptive now, just so you have it when you need it. You can order some and get it in the mail in about a week here: https://shop.planbonestep.com/.

Access to Abortion Between 4-10 Weeks

Plan C

Prior to 10 weeks gestation, the safest and easiest way to access abortion is Plan C. Plan C is a medication abortion, or abortion pill, which is safe through eleven weeks since your last period (ten weeks by FDA guidelines). Plan C is prescribed by doctors, nurses, health clinics, and Planned Parenthood. 

One of the benefits of Plan C is that it's available to you whether or not you live in a state that allows abortion under 8 weeks of pregnancy.

 

If you DO live in a state where abortion is legal up to 8 weeks, you can visit the website https://abortionondemand.org/ to schedule Telehealth appointments for abortion pills.

 

If you live in a state where abortion is no longer legal up to 8 weeks: You can access Plan C by mail. Visit https://www.plancpills.org/find-pills to find resources for ordering Plan C, as well as legal guidance.

 

*PRO TIP*

If you are in early pregnancy and are still deciding on your next steps, order Plan C immediately. It can take up to 2 weeks to arrive, and that timeframe may be further delayed due to increased demand. Once you are past 10-11 weeks, you can no longer use Plan C, so you want to make sure you have it when you need it. 

Access to Abortion 10 Weeks and Beyond

First, check to see if abortion is legal in your state, based on how far along in your pregnancy: https://www.abortionfinder.org/abortion-guides-by-state.  

 

*PRO TIP*

Make your appointment now, find the resources to travel later. Clinic appointments are booking up fast. That means it’s better to make your appointment FIRST and secure travel resources SECOND, so you aren’t forced to further delay things. Appointment now, the rest later. 

 

Consider how far along you are now and how long it will take you to get an appointment. (For example, if you’re 18 weeks now, but will be 21 weeks when you can finally get an appointment… the legality of your procedure may change.)

 

Eighteen states allow for abortion up until viability, which is widely considered to be 24-28 weeks, though many of these states include exceptions for the health of the patient. Six states and Washington D.C. allow for abortion without gestational limitation. These include: Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Vermont, New Jersey, D.C. 

 

Regional Funds

 

National Funds

  • The Brigid Alliance helps fund travel, food, lodging, child care and other logistical support for abortions after 15 weeks: https://brigidalliance.org/.

Political Action Guide

While this moment is unprecedented, we can’t let it paralyze us. HER Time is calling for immediate short-term action by our current elected leaders, as well as longer-term actions for November and beyond. Everyone who is ready to fight back and protect our rights must contact their state and federal representatives to take action immediately.

Short-Term Action

1. Executive Action

Click here to send a letter to President Biden asking him to take the following actions:

  • Create clinics on federal land

  • Protections for access to medicated abortion

  • Provide resources to individuals who have to travel out-of-state for care

  • Create the position of reproductive health ombudsman at the Department of Health and Human Services

  • Clarify privacy concerns in period tracking applications

  • Provide paid time off and travel to federal employees needing an abortion

  • Provide clear communication about safe abortion options, an expansion on this website: https://reproductiverights.gov/

  • Run a public education campaign on Plan C: increase education and access to Plan C via commercials on TV or YouTube, Twitter campaigns, TIktok influencers, and other marketing-related efforts.

2. Congressional Action

Click here to send a letter to your Senator and Congressmember asking them to take the following actions:

  • Vote now to codify Roe *

  • Vote for other reproductive rights in the form of sex education, access to contraception, and easing financial barriers via the Child Tax Credit

  • Vote to protect the privacy of users of period tracking apps

  • Vote to prohibit states from restricting the ability of women to travel for an abortion*

* as of when this was published, the House had already taken these actions

3. State Action

Click here to send a letter to your State Senator and State Representative asking them to take action similar to what California has done:

  1. Pro-choice states can follow in California’s footsteps to protect and expand access. More on what California has done can be found here.

Long-Term Action (November and beyond)

4. Elect two more Democratic Senators
The seats below are those we must focus on to protect current Democratic Senators and expand our majority. If we are successful in expanding the majority, we can then take immediate action to end the filibuster and codify Roe,  pass the appropriations bill without a continuation of the Hyde Amendment, expand the Court, and even consider impeaching Justices. Check out these key races below to learn more about how to donate and get involved between now and November. 

  1. Protect Current Democratic Senators

  2. Expand our Majority

    • PA-Fetterman

    • WI- the Wisconsin primary election is on August 9, at which point we will know which Democratic candidate is advancing to the general election

    • NC-Beasley

5. Expand the House Majority. We must protect the Democrats already in the House and expand our majority in the House. There are many seats in play here – check out the key races below and visit the candidate’s websites for information on how to donate and get involved between now and November. 

  1. Protect Frontline Democrats

    • Check out the “Pathway to Victory” section of the DCCC homepage and make sure the toggle button is clicked on “frontline” to see a state-by-state guide of which seats are the most important to protect: https://dccc.org/

    • Invest in women: Her TIme is support 15 Frontline Democratic women who are key to protecting our majority in the house: https://www.her-time.com/endorsed-candidates-1 

  2. Expand the House

  • Check out the “Pathway to Victory” section of the DCCC homepage but this time, make sure the toggle button is clicked on “red-to-blue” to see which seats are opportunities for Democrats to expand our majority in the House: https://dccc.org/.

6. Executive Action

  • If we get rid of the filibuster and the Hyde Amendment, Biden’s Administration would be clear to create federal funding for abortion-related travel and federal distribution of Plan C via telehealth services

7. State Action

  • The decisions about the legality of abortion are now to the states, which means that local and state politics are more important than ever before. We must focus on electing pro-choice Democrats at the state level who are committed to protecting and expanding access in their state. Take a look at key state legislative races and learn how you can directly support candidates who are rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up. https://dlcc.org/spotlight-races/.

Advocacy

1. Protests and Actions

 

2. Volunteer Opportunities

3. Places to Donate