Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, Support Abortion Access

It’s that season again: time for the Taco or Beer Challenge! Started back in 2014 by Andrea Grimes as something of a joke, over the past three years the challenge has grown to be much more than a joke. In its first year, it garnered $30,000 in donations to abortion funds.

The challenge has two simple steps. First, you eat a taco or drink a beer! (You can even feel free to do both.) Then you donate to an abortion fund. And finally, you take a picture and/or video and submit it online.

This easy challenge is not only raising tens of thousands of dollars, it’s also challenging the stigma that surrounds abortion. Whether you’re checking out the Tumblr page or the hashtag, you’re scrolling through images of people boldly saying that they support and fund abortion! While it is critical for people who have had abortions to share their stories, it is also a duty for those of us who haven’t had abortions to show our support and be willing to put our money where our heart is.

The Taco or Beer Challenge has also been instrumental in lifting up abortion funds, which provide financial and practical support to people seeking the procedure. Many people think cost is the biggest barrier to abortion, but the lack of accessible clinics, crisis pregnancy centers, strict abortion bans, and mandatory waiting periods can also be enormous obstacles for patients, and sometimes require people to travel far for abortion services, incurring additional costs. Abortion funds are on the front lines making sure that more people have the funds they need to access to the reproductive health care services they need in spite of these barriers.

When you take the time to enjoy a taco or a beer and donate to abortion fund, you’re having fun and taking a stand to make abortion more accessible. What’s not to love about that? Here’s a fund you can donate to that is near and dear to my heart: Access Reproductive Care-Southeast. You can find also an abortion fund in your state or country! So go grab a taco or a beer and help make reproductive freedom a reality for all people!

Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and overall is working to build sustainable change in the South. She holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Sociology from Georgia State University, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from her alma mater. She is a member on the board of directors of Access Reproductive Care – Southeast, and is a former content creator for the The Body Is Not An Apology. As a femme, feminist, and queer Black woman, it is through her lived experiences and complex identities that Quita has come to believe in the power of storytelling and the validation of lived experiences.

Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and overall is working to build sustainable change in the South.

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