Did you know there's an abortion desert in the U.S.? Allow this really 'female' puppet to show you.

How do you make a very serious topic (like a major women's health care crisis) memorable? A little satire and a whole lot of puppet.

Did you know there's an abortion desert in the U.S.? Allow this really 'female' puppet to show you.

Without further ado, I present to you "The Abortion Desert."

Some things you really have to see for yourself. But in case you didn't watch, here's the gist:

There's a nearly 1,200-mile-wide "desert" of abortion providers from Idaho to North and South Dakota.

There are only 10 cities in that entire 5 state area that offer any form of abortion access. Crazy right?

Well, if you think that's crazy, try watching a pink uterus named Eunice trek across the desert. I told you, you kind of have to watch it.

Eunice is hot. Eunice is tired. But Eunice is on a mission to show the hardships of crossing such a desert, especially if you're a poor woman or a woman of color.

These two groups are disproportionately affected when access to health care is limited, and research shows that funding restrictions force 1 in 4 women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

I, for one, didn't know about the abortion desert or what it means for millions of women. Did you?

So go ahead and share this clever little video to spread the word about the importance of making reproductive care available to all women — no matter where they live.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.