“Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access [to abortion], We cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state,” Shelley O’Brien, manager of the Yale Hotel, wrote on Facebook last month.
However, O’Brien said what she could do to help women seeking abortions is provide “several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.”
The 55-year-old manager compared her idea to the Underground Railroad, a series of secret underground routes that allowed slaves to escape to freedom, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said that if a network similar to that is necessary now, she wants to be a part of it.
“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,” O’Brien told the news outlet. “I can’t stop what’s happening, but I have the resources to maybe help someone in that position, and especially knowing that women are coming from other states already.”