Shelley O’Brien, a hotel manager in a small conservative town in Michigan, has announced via Facebook post that women who come to the state seeking an abortion can stay at her hotel for free.
Above that, women will be provided with free transportation to and from the abortion facility.
The post reads:
“Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access,
We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state.
But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.
(Update 5/22/19: Since I posted this, I’ve received numbers of people willing to help drive you here… and I’ve learned of organizations like Yellowhammerfund.org that have a network in place already to help with the many barriers to receiving safe and legal reproductive services. If you need help, please message me. In order to support that effort, I will be donating 25% of my receipts that are a direct result of the new policy to a fund like this. Amount donated to date: $100 (5/22/19) 🙂 )
We’ve got some amazing people in our village… we’ve got your backs.
#stopthebans #theyalehotel #thesisterhood #ittakesavillage
(Edited to add Missouri 5/16, Arkansas 5/18, to remove a couple hashtags that had become controversial 5/18, and to add all the rest of the states 5/19)”
This comes as a direct response to states who have imposed fetal heartbeart abortion bans.
According to Daily Wire, O’Brien likens herself to one of the participants of the Underground Railroad:
While speaking to the Press, O’Brien compared her providing women free rooms so they could terminate their pregnancies to the work of those running the Underground Railroad, which led slaves to freedom in the North back in the early to mid-1800s.
“This is important,” she told the outlet. “This is my line. There’s no coming back from this. You start taking away the right for women to control their own bodies, and we’re done for as a civilization.”
“I can’t stop what’s happening, but I have the resources to maybe help someone in that position, and especially knowing that women are coming from other states already,” she added.
So far, she claims one person has called to complain, but all has been relatively quiet otherwise.