Abortion Funding FAQ
What is an abortion fund?
An abortion fund is a group of people who will help you pay for your abortion when you can’t afford it.
How do abortion funds work?
Most abortion funds are volunteer-run groups that take calls from women who need help paying for an abortion. Other abortion funds work directly with the 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. To find out how your local abortion fund works, search for your fund here.
Is an abortion fund part of the government?
No. Ever since 1977, when the Hyde Amendment was first implemented, the federal government has refused to cover abortion in public insurance programs. Abortion funds exist to do what the federal government should do. Some abortion funds are part of larger organizations, like churches or clinics, but not one is part of the government.
Why doesn’t anyone answer the phone when I call?
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.
I left a message for an abortion fund and I haven’t heard back from them yet. Should I call back?
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.
Where do abortion funds get their money?
Nearly all abortion funds get their money from private donors who care about abortion access. The people who donate to abortion funds believe that every woman has a right to make the decision that’s best for her life and her situation, regardless of how much money she has in the bank.
Can abortion funds pay the whole cost of my abortion?
Sadly, abortion funds cannot afford to cover the whole cost of your abortion. There are 200,000 women every single year who need help paying for an abortion, and right now there’s just not enough money to go around. Abortion funds will give you as much as they can. They may also help you to get a clinic discount. Make sure to ask.
Are all abortion funds pretty much the same?
Not even close. Some of them are run by one person and others have dozens of volunteers. Several have offices and paid staff. Each fund developed independently and has its own guidelines. Click here to search for the fund nearest to you and get more information.
How do I qualify for help from an abortion fund?
It depends on the fund. Every fund has a different amount of money and different requirements. Some funds focus on helping women who are enrolled in Medicaid. Others focus on helping women who are further into their pregnancies. Every fund is different, so the best thing to do is search for your local fund and give them a call.
Can I get help from more than one abortion fund at once?
Absolutely. Many women 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.
The fund I called said they were out of money. How is that possible? What do I do next?
We’re sorry that your fund is out of money! Sadly, there are over 200,000 women a year who need help paying for abortions and right now there’s just not enough money to go around. Did your fund tell you when they would have money again? Is it possible for you to delay your appointment? Are there other funds in your area? Do you qualify for a discount at your clinic? Have you brainstormed other ways to find money? Does your state’s Medicaid cover abortions?
Can I make an appointment at a clinic even if I don’t have the money yet to to pay for an abortion?
Yes, in fact, it’s often necessary to make an appointment before you raise the total you need for an abortion because certain 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 will also help you figure out if your health insurance or state Medicaid will cover your abortion or if you can get a discount.
I have an appointment this week. Will I be able to get funding in time?
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.
I live in a state where Medicaid covers abortion. Will it still cover me if I have to travel out of state?
Unfortunately, your Medicaid usually only works in the state where you live. You can, however, ask your clinic if they offer discounts to women enrolled in Medicaid. Right now, 15 states have Medicaid programs that cover the cost of abortion just as they do other medical procedures.
I have to travel out of state for my abortion. Will the abortion fund in my state still help me?
It depends on your fund. Some funds help women getting abortions in their state, some help women living in their state regardless of where they get their abortions, and some can only help women who are going to certain clinics. Do a search for your local fund to find out.
Will funds still work with me if I’m not a citizen?
Yes! Abortion funds do not require proof of citizenship.