Michelle Lawson, who is a lawyer from a small town in eastern Kentucky, has gone viral for offering pro Bono services to women who are being prosecuted for providing or obtaining an abortion. Lawson tweeted the message the day that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Lawson, a Hazard, Ky.-based attorney, was anticipating that there would be some people who might need to access his services, but he didn’t expect his post to get more than 13,000 retweets and 35,000 likes. She was “shocked” by the response.
“To me, I think when you have national news like this, you feel like there’s really nothing you can do because you’re just a person and it feels so overwhelming,” she said.
“And for me, I knew I had this law degree and I wanted to say, ‘Hey, what is it that I can offer that will help this time?’ And so when I tweeted thinking that maybe a handful of people would see it and step in to help and then it became such a big deal.”