Several states across the US have been passing laws that are designed to make it harder or even impossible for women to get an abortion. For instance, Ohio, Mississippi, and Georgia have passed bills banning the procedure after a fetal heartbeat can be detected while Alabama passed a near-total ban on it. So Shelley O’Brien, manager of The Yale Hotel in Michigan, made an offer to women traveling out of their state for the procedure. She is offering free accommodations for women seeking an abortion.
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O’Brien wanted to make things easier for them and announced her offer on Facebook. According to an article by Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, she wrote: 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.”
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For a woman living in a largely conservative town, this was a bold move. In just a matter of time, her Facebook post has been shared over 3,000 times. While she received a lot of positive comments and support, some oppose her initiative. According to O’Brien, she had received hateful feedback from people, telling her to die and threatening to burn her building. However, this didn’t frighten her. Her offer still stands despite the backlash from ‘pro-life’ readers.
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What surprised O’Brien is that she had received a lot of offers from people who are willing to help. Although she has no power to stop what’s happening, the manager is very much willing to help with the resources she has. “This is important. 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,” she explained.