With Planned Parenthood's very existence at risk and our reproductive rights threatened in a whole new (and terrifying) way, many of us of wondering how we can help our cause — and it doesn't end with PP. There are a number of organizations like Planned Parenthood to donate to, that are knee-deep in the fight for reproductive rights and equality. While PP still needs our help, and while it still largely dominates the list of women's and reproductive rights organizations, the others are not to be ignored. There are many of them, some of which you probably haven't even heard of yet.
I know a lot of us are feeling helpless, overpowered by a government that insists on controlling our bodies despite being overwhelmingly run by men. (There's a reason that photo of Trump and a roomful of white men signing an anti-choice order — the Global Gag Rule — struck a chord for so many of us.) Every measure you take to protest this primitive control — every donation, Facebook post, rally attended — is one more instance when you make your voice heard and gain just a little bit more power. And when we combine the power of all of us, amazing things can happen.
Remember that hate never wins, and there are ways to get involved that won't further ignite the hatred that has infiltrated our country. If donating to Planned Parenthood hasn't quenched your thirst yet, here are some other organizations to check out.
1. NARAL — Pro-Choice America
NARAL pushes forward in giving everyone the right to choose abortion if they so wish, access to birth control, offering sex education to all teens, and making sure all people planning on having children have what they need for healthy pregnancies (as well as information about adoption).
2. Center For Reproductive Rights
For over 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has "used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill." In a nutshell, they want every person who is capable of being pregnant to be able to participate with "full dignity as an equal member of society."
3. Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project
The WRRAP helps those who can't afford safe, legal abortions or emergency contraceptives. Fans include the one and only Gloria Steinem.
4. National Abortion Federation
5. National Women's Health Network
6. National Network Of Abortion Funds
7. National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health
8. Medical Students For Choice
9. National Women's Law Center
10. Reproductive Health Access Project
11. If When How, Lawyering For Reproductive Justice
This national network of law students and legal professionals wants to ensure that all people have the right to decide if, when, and how they create families.