Imagine that you are a woman of color with a low income job, earning the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. You don’t have a car. You walk or ride the bus to work. You live in a constant state of financial anxiety—barely able to feed yourself, one emergency away from eviction.
Then you find out that you are pregnant.
You do not want to carry this pregnancy to term—because you have a health condition that makes pregnancy life-threatening, because this pregnancy is the result of incest or rape, because your partner is abusive and you don’t want him to have parental rights over a child, or any other reason.
Because Roe v. Wade has been overturned, abortion is illegal in your state. The nearest clinic is 400 miles away. You have no means of transportation and a negative balance in your checking account. You have extremely limited options. You feel terrified, isolated, and desperate.
What are you going to do?
As of today, thousands of women find themselves in this exact situation.
This is unacceptable. We must fight back.
In response to the abortion bans that are rolling out across the country, The Hello Seven Foundation is taking immediate action to help the women who need it most.
We are creating a Safe Travel Fund.
Here’s what you need to know:
- If you are a BIPOC woman, need an abortion, and live in a state where abortions are not available, we are here for you. You are not alone.
- If you need to safely terminate a pregnancy, and need financial help to do so, the Hello Seven Foundation’s Safe Travel Fund can provide you with a travel voucher (or reimbursement, depending on your local state laws) to cover your out-of-state transportation, meals, and overnight stay at a hotel if you need one.
- We will send an email soon with instructions on how to request funding. Please watch your inbox.
- You want to support the Hello Seven Foundation’s Safe Travel Fund? Give as much as you can. 100% of the donations we receive for the rest of June will go directly into this special fund.
- By donating, you provide safe transportation, protection, and support for a woman during one of the hardest times in her life.
We started the Hello Seven Foundation to help low-income Black women gain access to services that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Our mission is to help pregnant women of color get the best possible healthcare, to provide every possible resource and option, and to protect their physical and emotional wellbeing. This responsibility extends to people who choose to carry a pregnancy to term, as well as those who do not.
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it best when she posted the following words:
“Overturning Roe and outlawing abortions will never make them go away. It only makes them more dangerous, especially for the poor and marginalized. People will die because of this decision.”
She is exactly right.
It’s the most vulnerable people who suffer the most. Unless we do something about it.
It is not enough to cry, rage, and scroll miserably on our phones. We have to take meaningful action.
If you’re upset about injustices in America, this is the moment to fight back with every resource that you have—your vote, your voice, and your money.
We will never stop fighting with you & for you.
Founder of The Hello Seven Foundation
PS. Educate yourself. Read this New York Times piece which includes a map of where abortions have been banned and what this means for women across the country.