Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some restaurateurs have begun exploring ways to advocate for the importance of abortion rights and help others access care. Among the first of these, Houston bar Angel Share HTX will spotlight the American Civil Liberties Unionor the ACLU, as well as the national Planned parenthood organization, which provides reproductive health care, like its featured charities.
From July 1, customers will be able to order items from a special menu to ‘vote’ for which the charity will receive the full proceeds.
Bar owner Mary Ellen Angel says she was inspired to pitch the charities after hearing the news on Friday morning, which left her shaking with rage.
“I just have a stomach ache,” Angel said Friday, his body shaking with rage. “It’s just this endless battle, and it’s a crazy concept to me that these people that I’ve never met in my life literally have control over my body.”
Erin Smith, co-owner of Feges BBQ and co-founder of the nonprofit I will have what she hassaid she felt like she had been punched.
“I wasn’t shocked. I’ve been prepared for this news for months now, which I think most of us have been. But I still felt the wind coming out of me because it became a reality,” Smith says.
“The implications of the decision are huge – how much this is going to affect our communities and our families, especially in this industry, and I’m not at a loss that it will have very serious impacts,” Smith said.
Smith, who has been outspoken on women’s rights, particularly those relating to abortion rights and health care, says she continues to stand up and defend the rights she has always stood for. beaten. And while Smith knows some people are more private, she’s confident others within the restaurant industry will follow suit by being more vocal.
“I know we just have to process what happened,” Smith says. “Now is not the time to just bow down.”
Houston‘s restaurant scene has been particularly active this year in philanthropic and social justice causes. Several restaurants have raised thousands of dollars to help provide assistance to Ukraine amid attacks from Russia, and Pride Month has sparked a series of fundraisers and special promotions, much of the proceeds being donated to organizations that help the LGTBQ community and its youth.
Now, with the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and overturned abortion rights in nearly half the country, Houston bar owner and philanthropist Mary Ellen Angel predicts Houston will see a similar outpouring from the restaurant scene — but this time the ground is much bigger. tricky, Angel said.
“I’m sure people will mean well…and it’s in my nature to do something about it, but laws change,” Angel says, noting that the impending criminalization of abortion will soon make any donations to charity funds equally illegal abortion in several places. Several abortion funds across Texas have already closed and clinics ceased services hours after the ruling. “You have to be careful where you give money. People have to interpret the law. … That’s a lot to navigate right now.
This includes the Angel Bar HTX Angel Sharing, who has donated money to abortion funds in the past. But like Angel, others in the local food and hospitality industry are motivated and ready to act, she says.
But Angel says she’s comforted that the people of Texas have time to act.
“The best thing is for people to vote up and stand up to this affront to bodily autonomy,” Angel says. “All we can control is who we put up in this state.”
In the meantime, Angel says she’s “always trying to come up with a strategy for getting the health care we need,” explaining that for many other women and people who can give birth, abortion is a medical procedure that should be part of health care. .
“I don’t think people understand the repercussions of that. It’s long drawn out. People are going to die (because of) this,” Angel says. But “if we all come together, maybe it will give us a goal or a hope”.
This article will be updated.