An abortion fund is a group of people who will help you pay for your abortion when you can’t afford it. Some funds are able to help you with travel, lodging, child care, doula, and translation services so that accessing an abortion is less challenging. Abortion funds also work to change laws and culture that make abortion hard to get. You can stay in touch after your procedure or become a member of the national network if you’d like to be a part of that change too.
It depends on the fund. Every fund has a different amount of money and different requirements, and some have no requirements at all. Because every fund is different, the best thing to do is search for your local fund and give them a call.
Many abortion funds are volunteer-run groups or organizations with a small staff that take calls from people who need help paying for an abortion. Other abortion funds work directly with clinics and take calls only from clinic workers. After you have your abortion, the clinic will send a bill to the abortion fund to cover the amount the fund is contributing. Some funds will help you or refer you to someone if you need help getting to or from your appointment, and if you need to arrange a hotel or childcare during travel. Every fund is different, but each is working to help people get the abortions they need. To find out how your local abortion fund works, search for your fund here.
Abortion funds are started and run by people in different communities across our network, and they’re working to help people with the issues most important locally. So they’re all different, but are united to make abortion more accessible and affordable. Some of them are run by one person and others have dozens of volunteers. Several have offices and paid staff. Each fund is an independent organization and has its own guidelines. That’s why it’s important to read the descriptions and instructions for each fund before contacting them.
It depends on your fund. Some funds help people getting abortions in their state, some help people living in their state regardless of where they get their abortions, and some can only help people who are going to certain clinics. Do a search for your local fund to find out.
Many abortion funds have voicemail systems that volunteers check a few times a day. If you’ve left a message, the abortion fund will call you back to talk to you about how they can help. Listen carefully to their message for specific details about what they need and their process of contacting you. To ensure a call back, leave a message that gives them all the information they ask for in their recorded message.
Most abortion funds have volunteers who check messages and return calls before or after work or during breaks. Because of this, it can sometimes take 24-48 hours for you to hear back from your local abortion fund. It is possible, however, that they’re trying to call you back but can’t reach you. Are you sure that you left your correct number? Can your phone accept calls from unknown or restricted numbers? Did you say in your message whether the fund could leave a message on your phone if you don’t answer? If the answer is “no” to any of these question, you may need to call back with more information or change the settings on your phone so that you can accept calls from unknown numbers.
Unfortunately, abortion funds cannot afford to cover the whole cost of your abortion. Abortion funds will give you as much as they can, and they may also help you get a clinic discount or connect you with other resources.
Absolutely. Many people end up getting help from more than one fund. Start by searching for your local fund. Feel free to call every fund that shows up on the list. Even if only one fund shows up on your list, that fund may help you get help from other funds around the country. And you may also qualify for a discount from your clinic.
Unfortunately funds do run out of money because the need for abortion funding is so great. You may want to ask your fund if they will be funding again soon; don’t wait too long as the cost of your abortion may go up the longer you wait. You can also try searching for other abortion funds in your area, ask your clinic if you qualify for a discount, look into Medicaid coverage of your procedure, or look into other ways to get money. If you have insurance through your employer or school, you should also check with them to see if they cover abortion. Some insurers will cover abortions, and may already be included in the coverage you have.
Yes, it’s usually necessary to make an appointment before you raise the total you need for an abortion. Some funds need to know the name of the clinic and the cost of the procedure before they can assist you with funding. Making your appointment and talking to someone at the clinic may also help you figure out if your health insurance or state Medicaid will cover your abortion or if you can get a discount. Clinics can often connect you with organizations they work with, including abortion funds, that will help you pay for your abortion. Visiting a clinic is the best first step in the process of getting an abortion.
Most abortion funds work directly with the clinic, which means that they can help you out even if your appointment is only a day or two away. If you still have a lot of money to raise, however, you might need to reschedule your appointment so that you’ll have the time to work with your local abortion fund to locate the money you need.
All abortion funds get their money from individuals and organizations who care about abortion access. The people who donate to abortion funds believe that you should decide what’s best for your life and situation, regardless of your race, income, gender identity, or where you live.