Following the Roe v. Wade decision, those who assist individuals in obtaining abortions now view themselves as part of an underground network.

In the heart of Nampa, Idaho, amidst the backdrop of stringent abortion laws, Kimra Luna finds herself immersed in a vital mission. As she stands in the lengthy queue at the post office, clutching the latest batch of “abortion aftercare kits,” her phone buzzes with a message that underscores the urgency of her cause.

A woman, who had ingested abortion pills three weeks prior, reaches out to Luna in distress, grappling with concerns about persistent bleeding and the daunting prospect of confiding in a medical professional.

In a swift and reassuring response via the encrypted messaging app Signal, Luna offers solace and guidance: “Bleeding doesn’t necessarily warrant a visit to the doctor. Some individuals experience intermittent bleeding for up to a month.”

This exchange epitomizes a typical day in the life of Luna, a doula and advocate for reproductive rights in a state where access to abortion is severely restricted.

At 38 years old, Luna navigates a landscape fraught with legal obstacles, where the battle for reproductive autonomy is unrelenting.

Despite the formidable challenges posed by Idaho’s stringent abortion laws, Luna draws strength from a network of allies – a grassroots collective of clinic guides, leaders of abortion funds, and compassionate volunteers who serve as pillars of support for individuals navigating the arduous journey of seeking abortions in states with restrictive legislation.

“This is the underground,” remarks Jerad Martindale, an activist based in Boise, alluding to the clandestine yet vital role played by these unsung heroes in safeguarding reproductive freedoms in hostile environments.

Advocates for abortion rights fear that Idaho may serve as a harbinger of a broader trend, signaling a dark trajectory towards increased restrictions on reproductive healthcare across the nation.

In Idaho, abortion stands prohibited with minimal exceptions throughout all stages of pregnancy. Moreover, a recent law, albeit temporarily halted, prohibits adults from aiding minors in crossing state lines for abortions without parental consent.

The recent deliberations at the U.S. Supreme Court concerning Idaho’s enforcement of its abortion ban in emergency medical situations have further heightened tensions surrounding reproductive rights.

Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee, staunchly defends laws akin to those in Idaho, asserting that they serve to safeguard the rights of the unborn.

Expressing uncertainty about the feasibility of curbing the efforts of individuals assisting others in accessing abortions, Tobias conveys a fervent desire for such actions to cease.

Contrastingly, Luna and her compatriots view their work as an act of mutual aid, an indispensable service akin to that of a volunteer fire department within the community.

For Luna, a single parent to three sons who identifies with the pronoun ‘they,’ the imperative to champion reproductive rights transcends fear and complacency.

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I shrank back in fear and failed to undertake the actions that define my purpose,” Luna reflects. “I firmly believe that I am destined to fulfill this calling.”

In the crucible of Idaho’s restrictive abortion landscape, Luna and her allies stand as beacons of hope and resilience, embodying the unwavering commitment to uphold the fundamental right to reproductive autonomy.

Their clandestine yet indispensable efforts underscore the enduring power of compassion, solidarity, and unwavering determination in the face of adversity.

In the heart of Idaho, Luna, a dedicated activist with a lineage deeply rooted in the state, embodies a spirit of unwavering determination in the realm of reproductive rights.

Luna’s journey, shaped by a legacy of activism that transcends generations, is a testament to the resilience and fortitude of individuals committed to advocating for the fundamental rights of all.

From distributing condoms in eighth grade to spearheading the Idaho Abortion Rights movement, Luna’s activism is marked by a steadfast commitment to ensuring access to essential reproductive healthcare services.

Their arrest at a protest only served to galvanize their resolve, leading to the establishment of a grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of individuals seeking reproductive healthcare.

At the core of Luna’s advocacy is a belief in the accessibility of abortion pills, a belief so profound that they took it upon themselves to demonstrate the ease of acquiring these essential medications.

Their bold actions, such as bringing abortion pills to the steps of the state Capitol, underscore their unwavering dedication to empowering individuals with the knowledge and resources necessary to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

As a full-spectrum doula, Luna’s work extends beyond advocacy to encompass direct support for individuals navigating the complexities of pregnancy and abortion.

Whether providing emotional support during a difficult procedure or assembling aftercare kits for individuals post-abortion, Luna’s compassion knows no bounds.

Their commitment to ensuring that individuals receive the care and support they need exemplifies a profound sense of empathy and solidarity.

Beyond the borders of Idaho, Luna’s work resonates with a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting individuals seeking reproductive healthcare services.

In a landscape where access to abortion is increasingly under threat, navigators at clinics play a crucial role in connecting individuals with essential resources, from abortion funds to logistical support for travel and procedures.

In the face of mounting challenges, Luna’s work stands as a beacon of hope and resilience in a landscape fraught with obstacles. As the specter of Roe v.

Wade’s overturn looms large, Luna’s tireless efforts to ensure access to safe and legal abortion services serve as a reminder of the enduring power of grassroots activism and community support.

In a world where reproductive rights are under constant attack, Luna’s advocacy is a testament to the resilience of individuals who refuse to be silenced.

Through their unwavering commitment to justice and compassion, Luna embodies the spirit of collective action and solidarity that is essential in the fight for reproductive rights for all. As Luna aptly puts it, “We’ve always found a way to make sure people get help no matter what that help is.”