If/When/How, Repro Legal Defense Fund
The Repro Legal Defense Fund covers bail and funds strong defenses for people unjustly targeted by police or prosecutors for their pregnancy outcomes. This can mean abortion, pregnancy loss, or substance abuse allegations.
In response to SCOTUS overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022, Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund supported If/When/How’s Repro Legal Defense Fund’s bail fund to support people of color who are criminalized for self-managed abortions. If/When/How believes a person’s right to an abortion is vital to exercising bodily autonomy.
The reversal of Roe means that more people will need to self-manage their abortions without access to clinic-based or provider-directed care. The Repro Legal Defense Fund team is also deeply aware that many of the communities they serve have been living in a “post-Roe” reality even prior to the overturn of Roe, where oppressive systems and structural inequity prevent and complicate access to necessary reproductive care.
The RLDF has been scaling up to respond to the increase in demand and is working with partners like Groundswell Fund to build resources to support as many people as possible.