If you live in Northwest Wisconsin (generally within the 715 area code, and some areas within the 534 area code), the Options Fund may be able to help you pay for your abortion, even if you need to travel outside of the area to get an abortion. Make your appointment at a clinic and find out how much it will cost, and then call and leave a message with the Options Fund. The Fund will call you back within 36 hours.
The Options Fund was founded in 1992 and grew out of a local pro-choice coalition called Chippewa Valley Citizens for Choice (CVCC). It is an all-volunteer abortion fund that works to help women in an area of the state where there are no abortion providers. Women living in this part of the state not only have to face the cost of the abortion, but also the cost of travel. The Options Fund believes that finances should never play a role in a woman’s decision whether or not to continue a pregnancy.
Last year the Options Fund helped 100 women who otherwise could not have paid for their abortions, and gave information and referrals to many other women. The fund is in an underserved area of the state with no abortions providers, so women have to travel a number of hours to reach providers. Most travel across state lines to Minnesota. Wisconsin Medicaid does not cover abortions.
Much of the funding for the Options Fund comes from area individuals who believe in choice and believe in the Options Fund's mission. They fundraise through letters and special events such as progressive dinners.
The fund is run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers help with fundraising, administration and by returning calls to women in need of the Options Fund services.
For abortion funds, raising money is half the battle, because they can’t help women unless they have something to give. Donating to your local abortion fund means giving a woman the resources she needs to make the choice that is right for her.
To donate to the Options Fund and start making a difference in your community today, send a check to:
Eau Claire, WI 54702-0473
You can also email the Fund to find out about volunteering: [email protected]