Tweet blaming ‘heroes’ for sheltering abortion seekers, sparks debate

A social media activist has gone viral for cautioning abortion seekers to beware of Internet users offering to open their homes in abortion-friendly states.

in view of Roe vs. WadeReversals, nationwide protests and outrage have prompted some abortion supporters to offer their resources and even to women in states with abortion restrictions. a tiktok trend has seen users open their doors to the soundtrack to The Chainsmokers’ song “Paris”, which contains the lyrics, “If we go down we go down together.”

Some TikTokers use code phrases such as “camping” or “weaving” to indicate their support for abortion seekers.

“‘Camping’ is now illegal in Missouri, but I get 42mpg, can work remotely and will take you wherever you go to ‘Camp’ and be with you while you recover,” Told A woman in his video.

A social media activist has gone viral for cautioning against people offering to open their homes to abortion seekers online. Here, on June 4, 2022, pro-abortion and anti-abortion activists clash in New York City, New York.
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another Told“I live 4 hours away from the Montana border. If you want to learn to knit, you can come here to learn. I’ll take care of you, feed you, and hug you while you learn.”

But other social media users have warned against taking strangers up on these offers.

one in Tweet With over 100,000 likes, activist Kiki Djarin advised, “If you’re in a situation where abortion has just been banned, don’t reach out to people who are in their place when they need an abortion.” Offering to stay.”

While allowing that some of the proposals were well-intentioned, Zarine said that if they don’t come from an established abortion fund or abortion network, “you can’t trust them.”

“These people have just taken to social media and publicly declared that they are a safe haven for abortion seekers,” Jarin said. “Anti-abortion people are watching them now. Law-enforcement will know their names.”

Data privacy concerns have risen since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. WadeSome women are deleting their period tracking apps and other personal medical data.

Djarin added emphatically, “These guys are putting their hero complex in front of your safety.”

Additionally, she warned, members of the Abortion Network have been appropriately screened and trained to assist abortion seekers “safely and discreetly.” Meanwhile, online strangers may “pretend to help you with the aim of trying to catch you.”

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While some Twitter users were grateful for Zareen’s counsel, others said her criticism of citizens aiding vulnerable women was too harsh and could alienate supporters.

“While you raise some valid points, most of the people posting are doing so on their personal networks,” commented Holly West Capsalis. “I have many friends online in red states and I’ll be happy to help if I can. Some people are more comfortable knowing they can reach someone they know.”

Another commenter said, “I think calling it ‘Hero Complex’ and claiming that people are just doing it for praise is a bit extreme.” “I said this exact thing and I meant it, I would gladly welcome anyone who needs help into my home.”

Another person said, “There [are] To sum it up better without alienating the people who are actually trying to help […] And a lot of the people who posted such messages were real doctors.”

However, some abortion networks have issued a similar message to Djarin. The Planned Parenthood Office in Toronto shared an Instagram post on Tuesday titled “What Not to Do in Response to the Overturning of Row We Wed.”

The statement advised:

  • “Don’t create new networks,”
  • “Do not encourage anyone to contact strangers for help accessing an abortion” and
  • “Don’t try to be a hero.”

Instead, the group encouraged people to support veteran, existing organizations, and to focus on collective action.

newsweek Gerrin reached out for comment.

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