YALE, Mich. — A hotel manager in Michigan has offered to provide a free room and transportation to abortive mothers who travel there from states where abortion restrictions were passed this year and beyond, including Alabama, Ohio, Georgia and Missouri.
“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,” The Yale Hotel posted to social media on May 16.
The hotel is managed by Shelley O’Brien, a 55-year-old mother of three and grandmother to seven.
She told the Detroit Free Press on Friday that after hearing about the various laws being passed, she thought of the Underground Railroad — an effort to rescue and hide African Americans during a time when slavery was legal. O’Brien said she wanted to do something similar for women who wanted an abortion.
“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 told the outlet.
O’Brien stated that she wanted to offer free lodging and transportation because the cost of travel, and the abortion itself, are expensive.
“Between gas and lodging, you’re looking at probably $300 or $400 that
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