If it feels like everything is getting worse, it’s probably because, to a certain extent, it is. Yesterday, the Supreme Court laid the foundation for nearly every American to carry a loaded handgun on the New York City subway and about anywhere else in the country. Today, that same collection of six judges overturned Roe v. Wade, giving individual states the power to strip tens of millions of women of their once-constitutional right to an abortion. As such, this decision undoes over 50 years of progress, reestablishing state control over women’s bodies. Already, 13 states have “trigger laws” that will ban abortions within the month and 13 others states are likely to follow suit. America is a considerably less safe and less just country today than it was last week.
In the face of all this, it’s easy to feel hopeless. The structure of the government lends itself to minoritarian rule—three unelected bureaucrats wield an amount of power that spits in the face of the historically-backed concept of checks and balances between the three branches of government. Whereas it once felt possible to believe that the moral history of the universe bends towards justice, American politics have been hijacked by theocratic extremists who are hellbent on imposing their regressive cruelty on the entire country.
But amidst the badness, you can still fight to protect those who the government has abandoned. The only people who can save us are us. Even with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs, mutual aid funds and non-profit organizations are doing important, life-saving work. Here are some places where you can donate to help.