ACCESS Women's Health Justice began in 1993, the same year the National Network of Abortion Funds was founded. Based in Oakland, this group of activists has grown from a small corps of volunteer clinic escorts to a statewide network of staff and volunteers who dispense information and financial resources on the ACCESS hotlines, drive patients to hard to reach clinics, and advocate at the state legislature for policies that make it possible for low-income people to support their families with dignity. (Pictured: ACCESS Women's Health Justice members at the 2013 National Network of Abortion Funds Organizing Summit in Oakland, California.)
In 2012, activists in Louisiana mobilized to form the New Orleans Abortion Fund. They are coming up on their second anniversary in September 2014, just as three of Louisiana's five clinics may be forced to close their doors. Clearly, the New Orleans Abortion Fund is needed now more than ever!
(Pictured: New Orleans Abortion Fund board members present thousands of signatures to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's office opposing legislation restricting abortion access in 2014.)
In October 2011, a group of activists organized to form a new abortion fund in North Carolina. Several months of volunteer work and one amazingly successful bowl-a-thon later, the Carolina Abortion Fund began funding abortions for low-income women in North Carolina in 2012! The Network is proud to welcome a new fund in one of the areas where it's needed the most.
(Photo © Joanna Palmisano)
The Chicago Abortion Fund recently celebrated 25 years of helping women and girls pay for the abortion care they need. In addition to this strong tradition of increasing abortion access, the Chicago Abortion Fund is a leader in developing the next generation of reproductive justice leaders through their My Voice, My Choice Leadership group, which invests in the skills of young women who have received funding through the Chicago Abortion Fund.