TPG is supporting equal access to health care: Here’s how you can help
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The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned its own landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion. This court decision has already caused real-life and immediate implications for millions of Americans, and additional ramifications will continue to unfold in the coming months.
At TPG and our parent company, Red Ventures, we believe access to health care is a civil right. This philosophy starts with how we treat our own employees. We pay for up to $2,000 in travel expenses for medical care not available within 100 miles of somebody’s home. It continues with what we publish on our sites and how we choose to donate our money.
Beyond ensuring our staff members have access to the health care they need, TPG continues to be dedicated to one of the core aspects of our mission: Helping make travel accessible to all. This has been a priority for the company since it was founded by Brian Kelly in 2010.
“I’ve felt strongly about using travel as a force for good and have remained dedicated to educating our readers on how to use points and miles to change lives,” said Brian. “On numerous occasions, I myself have used frequent flyer miles to help family and friends during medical emergencies, because when someone’s health is on the line, the last thing you want to worry about is travel costs.”
In keeping with that mission and to support women and those with uteruses across the U.S. in their fight for access to safe and equitable health care, TPG has created a resource page to help provide more information to our readers. You can find updated information on abortion access by state and how anyone interested can contribute — whether with cash donations or points and miles — to organizations that are supporting the travel and logistical needs of people seeking care.
“Our Pledge Your Points hub is a resource for readers to learn more about where and how they can donate their points and miles, what states offer legal and protected abortions, and gather information on access to abortions from our sister company, Healthline,” said Brian. “There is no moment greater than now with women’s health on the line and I’m proud to stand behind women across the U.S. in the fight for their rights.”
Those three are part of a number of organizations that provide resources to coordinate the facilitation of abortion care — including funding, travel, meal assistance and lodging — for those in states with limited or zero access near their homes.
If you or a loved one are in need of travel assistance or are looking for ways to contribute to the fight for equal access to reproductive health care, here is a list of organizations to consider.
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Practical support organizations
Many of the groups highlighted in this list provide volunteer-led support to those seeking abortion care. They connect people with resources to help facilitate safe and quality health care services without delay, including travel, overnight housing, child care and more.
All of these organizations accept tax-deductible cash donations.
Apiary connects individuals with practical support organizations currently providing resources to facilitate access at a national, state and regional level, including by providing a list of more than 50 organizations across 40 states.
Abortion Care Network
Representing independent abortion providers, who provide the majority of abortions in the U.S. after the first trimester, Abortion Care Network is a national association for independent community-based abortion care providers, helping serve under-resourced areas, including those living in rural places and small towns.
Other abortion fund groups include the National Network of Abortion Funds and Abortion Funds in Every State, both of which support abortion funds in places with access gaps.
Logistics remain one of the primary barriers to accessing safe abortions, and the Brigid Alliance aims to lessen those barriers by helping book, coordinate and pay for expenses, including travel and child care expenses while acting as a contact point from start to finish through a network of partners.
Plan C, Hey Jane, Just the Pill and others
Elevated Access works with abortion access networks and other direct support funds to transport passengers to access health care, thanks to a network of volunteer pilots. Their work includes helping people access abortion health care and gender-affirming health care.
Support organizations that want to work with Elevated Access should reach out to the organization directly to connect with its pilot network. There are also volunteer opportunities and a way to donate for individuals looking to get involved.
Donating points and miles
Unfortunately, there aren’t many avenues yet for donating points and miles to organizations supporting equal access to abortion care. However, if you are interested in putting your extra points and miles toward an organization that helps facilitate travel for reproductive health care, you do have a couple of choices.
As more loyalty programs hopefully add ways to donate points and miles to organizations supporting equal access to abortion care, we will add them below.
Using Amex Membership Rewards on JustGiving
The Just Giving Platform allows cardholders to donate to any certified 501c(3) charity, set up fundraisers for those charities and more. Thanks to a partnership with American Express, you can also use your Membership Rewards to cover your donation.
To donate, head to the Amex landing page on JustGiving’s website and type in any organization you’re interested in donating to. Once the results page loads, scroll past the “fundraisers” section to the “charities” section, where you’ll see a list of available charities related to your search. You can then opt to use your Membership Rewards® points for all or part of your donation during the final step in the process.
Some of the organizations dedicated to helping people access abortion care you can donate to include (but aren’t limited to):
- Midwest Access Coalition.
- Abortion Care Network.
- National Network of Abortion Funds.
- Brigid Alliance.
You can also find local and regional organizations available for donations on JustGiving. Just be sure to cross-check the registered charity number listed on JustGiving with the organization’s EIN on a site like Charity Navigator to ensure you have the correct organization.
Points with Purpose
Inspired by Miles4Migrants, TPG alum Chris Dong and tech entrepreneur Daniel Foster cofounded Points with Purpose to connect people with airline miles, hotel loyalty points and credit card points to organizations providing travel for critical abortion care. While this is not a platform that facilitates actual points and miles donations, you can pledge your points via Points with Purpose and it will connect you to potential organizations in need of points and miles assistance.
As of June 27, the project reported that more than 2.2 million points have been pledged to abortion fund partners. If you would like to learn more about how you can pledge your own points or miles to donate, you can fill out an encrypted form on the group’s website.
At TPG, we believe equal access to health care, including abortion, is a civil right. Reproductive health care decisions are deeply personal and sensitive, and our goal is to provide our readers with travel resources that can help them make the decisions that are right for them.
Until more airline, hotel and credit card loyalty programs make it possible to donate directly to abortion funds, there are only select ways to contribute to the cause with points and miles. But anyone passionate about contributing can still donate cash to these organizations.
Safety remains a core tenet for all involved. The National Abortion Federation has a hotline you can call.
State laws are changing in real-time in response to the SCOTUS decision. For an up-to-date overview of state abortion laws, see here.
Featured image by Tanja Ivanova/Getty Images.
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