Throughout the United States, the number of people who are struggling to access abortion care is increasing at an alarming rate. Systemic inequities, unjust laws, and misinformation campaigns mean that while abortion care remains a legal right, it is not a feasible option for many.
Abortion was legalized in the United States in 1973, but has been under constant attack ever since. Currently, only 30% of women between the ages of 18 and 44 live in a state supportive of abortion care. 90% of counties in the United States do not have a clinic providing abortion care.
Between 2011 and 2019 alone, over 480 state laws limiting access to care were passed; and in just the first five months of 2020, 44 states introduced laws to ban most or all abortions. Courts at every level are becoming more conservative and undermining the rights ensured by Roe vs. Wade. Access remains limited to the privileged few, while Black women, people of color, uninsured people, people living in poverty, those who need later abortions, and other marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by these restrictions. While advocates work relentlessly to hold the line through legal challenges, the devastating reality is that far too many individuals are not able to access the healthcare they need today.
The Brigid Alliance seeks to complement the work of other national and local groups to help people get the care they need right now. Informed by the gaps identified by abortion providers, funds, and networks across the country, we created a travel service guided by the unique needs and urgency of individuals who must travel for abortion care.
The Brigid Alliance launched in August of 2018 and is now the only nationally operating practical support organization with full-time staff. We have developed unique expertise in the complex and difficult nature of long distance travel and logistics for abortion care.
(Data from the Guttmacher Institute.)