Indeed, while opponents have long positioned abortion as anathema to motherhood, statistics show the opposite.
“For us, 74% [of patients] are already parents,” Ghazarian said. “I have more and more patients in need.”
Across the country, the majority of abortion patients have children. Many patients go on to give birth in the future. In the wake of the Dobbs decision, which reversed Roe v. Wade, some families want to make that link more explicit. A growing number are using the arrival of a baby or wedding to raise money for abortion rights.
“Couples still want to have a KitchenAid mixer and a Le Creuset Dutch oven, but they also really want to register for cash,” including funds for charity, said Emily Forrest, a spokesperson for the wedding registry website Zola. “We’ve noticed a growing trend over several years of couples wanting to add a charity fund option.”
This year, the number of users registering specifically for funds to be put toward nonprofits that support abortion and other reproductive rights spiked almost 200%, she said.
“That’s a very large jump,” Forrest said. “It was very directly correlated to the timing of the leaked [Supreme Court] draft and then the decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”
In May, the leak of a draft of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s majority opinion in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sent shock waves through the country. Activists who’d long predicted the fall of Roe have nevertheless been stunned by other precedents that seem under threat, from marriage equality to contraception.
Since the leak, requests for donations to the Brigid Alliance and Planned Parenthood increasingly have shown up on baby registry sites alongside Lovevery toy subscriptions, Kanga Care cloth diaper kits and Uppababy stroller systems.
“When you have a baby, people do want to give you things — but she has everything she needs,” said one expectant woman, who asked not to be named for fear she could be targeted by antiabortion extremists. As part of her registry, she’s soliciting donations for the National Network of Abortion Funds.
“Please donate any amount you’re comfortable with!” the D.C.-area woman wrote in her registry. She said a group of family members made a joint donation.