January 22, 1973 was an important day. It was the day the Supreme Court announced its decision in the Roe v. Wade case—its decision to legalize abortion in the U.S.
But let’s be clear: making abortion legal did not make them accessible.
Since the decision, anti-choice politicians have introduced and passed laws that roll back abortion rights across the country, and clinics, doctors, and patients continue to be targets of harassment and violence.
And far too many people still have their abortions delayed or denied due to their income or insurance status. These barriers disproportionately hurt people with lower incomes and people of color.
Abortion access has only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many facing even more financial barriers and obstacles due to the health and economic crisis. At DCAF, we’ve seen first hand more callers with large gaps, which has been stretching our budget. But we remain more committed than ever to making abortion accessible in the DC area: because funding abortion is mutual aid.
Thank you for all that you do.