- Hundreds of pilots are volunteering to fly abortion patients across state lines, The Guardian reported.
- It’s half of an initiative led by Elevate Access — an Illinois-based non-profit group.
- It pairs patients in states with little or no entry to reproductive healthcare with volunteer pilots.
Hundreds of pilots are volunteering to fly patients across state lines as half of an initiative to make reproductive healthcare accessible for these residing in states the place it’s banned or extremely restricted, in accordance to The Guardian.
Elevate Access, an Illinois-based non-profit organization, coordinates the initiative to recruit pilots and pair them with patients. The patients are referred to Elevate Access by organizations similar to Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, The Guardian reported.
So far, the initiative has resulted in tons of of profitable missions, the newspaper stated.
At the time of reporting, 870 pilots have provided to volunteer their service, which includes transporting folks in small planes from these states which have outlawed abortion to states that haven’t, per The Guardian.
The initiative skilled a big uptick in volunteer pilots after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, the newspaper stated. The determination to strip federal protections implies that most abortions are now banned in a minimum of 13 states, per The New York Times, which has led to an increased number of women needing to travel out of state.
Steven, one of the numerous volunteer pilots, instructed The Guardian that on one mission, he picked up a stranger in his single-engine airplane and flew them greater than 1000 miles across state lines to assist them entry reproductive healthcare.
He determined to become involved after studying an article about Elevate Access following the leak of the Supreme Court decision in May, The Guardian reported. “I wasn’t looking to do it, but when I read that, I thought, ‘Wow, this sounds like something I care about, in a way that I could actually be very useful as a pilot,'” he instructed the newspaper.
Insider previously reported the prices of journey, fuel, motels, and break day work could make getting an out-of-state abortion costly. It may also carry the danger of dropping one’s job, the report stated.
The flying prices are lined by the volunteer pilots, who should bear a background examine, and the journeys are free for passengers, in accordance to The Guardian. Passengers stay nameless, the newspaper stated.