This article is part of Times Opinion's Holiday Giving Guide 2022. Read more about the guide in a note from Opinion's editor, Kathleen Kingsbury. Because of the end of Roe v. Wade, I've spent even more time than usual in 2022 writing about reproductive rights. For those inspired to donate by outrage over abortion bans, there are many great options, from giants like Planned Parenthood to local, grass-roots abortion funds . To that list, I'd like to add the Brigid Alliance, because it's helping to fill a need that's been terribly exacerbated by the Supreme Court's decision: funding travel for people who need abortions. Odile Schalit, a social worker in New York, started the Brigid Alliance in 2018 with just herself and a part-time coordinator. "What was clear at the time was that travel was becoming the primary barrier to abortion access," she said. As states ratcheted up abortion restrictions, many women had to trek, sometimes across multiple states, to end their pregnancies, which could be prohibitively expensive. The Brigid Alliance stepped in, booking plane, bus or train tickets and funding child care, hotels and meals for people who needed to go long distances for abortion care. It now has… Read full this story
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