Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America (MDC DSA) considers abortion to be a right for all who need it. The far right erosion of reproductive rights has been a long process, and one that throughout its history (from the Hyde Amendment, to TRAP laws, to the overturn of Roe v. Wade) has disproportionately affected the working class. For abortion to truly be accessible it must be safe, legal, available, and free.
The fight for this right will be difficult, but we are up for it. MDCDSA is well-positioned in this fight as Washington D.C. has long been a sanctuary for abortion access for those from more restrictive states. With that in mind, we have gathered these resources on abortion access and funding, including how to get and take abortion pills safely.
NEED AN ABORTION?
FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
- Find out if you have insurance that covers your abortion. Call your insurance company to ask if abortion is a covered benefit, and ask for an in-network clinic. You can often find their phone number on the back of your insurance card. If you know you have Medicaid, check this information to find out if your state covers abortion.
- Make an appointment at a clinic for your abortion before searching for funding. Call different clinics to find which one costs the least. Tell the clinic if you can’t afford it and ask if there are any discounts. It’s fine to make an appointment for your abortion even if you’re not sure how you’ll pay for it. Clinics don’t charge you for rescheduling. Find a clinic.
- Add up how much you can cover on your own. Abortion funds often don’t have the money to cover the entire cost of your abortion, so any money you can contribute will be important.
- Use this search box and map to find abortion funds that can help cover expenses. To maximize your funding sources: Search the state where your clinic appointment is located, as well as your home state if they are not the same— and click “List All National” to see funds that provide assistance nation-wide.
- Read the instructions before you contact an abortion fund on the list. You’ll find out if you qualify for funding and learn the best way to contact them.
- Contact lots of places. There may be more than one local or national abortion fund that can help you with your abortion or other things you need on your way to getting an abortion such as transportation and childcare. Find out what to expect when you call abortion funds.
Plan C Pills
Aid Access consists of a committed team of doctors, activists and advocates for abortion rights. The purpose of the website and the service is to create social justice and improve the health status and human rights of women who do not have the possibility of accessing local abortion services.
Advanced Provision is the practice by doctors of prescribing abortion pills before they are needed, so they can be available for use. Aid Access (linked directly above) is the only option currently for physician-supervised medication abortion by mail, which is necessary in 19 states.
ABORTION FUNDS (Donate if you are able):
National Network of Abortion Funds
The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice. NNAF consists of 70+ independently operated funds across the country.
Repro Legal Defense Fund
Repro Legal Helpline
Repro Legal Helpline is here to answer legal questions about abortion access. After learning of the Supreme Court’s decision about abortion, you may have questions about self-managed abortion, or judicial bypass, and the law. Contact them about self-managed abortion. Contact them about judicial bypass.
New Orleans Abortion Fund
“Our name may say New Orleans, but we partner with callers from across the Gulf South to connect them with the funding and resources they need to access abortion care. If you live in or are seeking care in Louisiana, Texas, or the surrounding states, give us a call.”
Abortion Care Network
Jane’s Due Process
DC Abortion Fund
DC Abortion Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that makes grants to pregnant people in the DC area, as well as those traveling to the area, who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. DCAF is the only organization in the DC region that focuses solely on providing this service in our community.
TRAVEL/ACCOMMODATIONS/ETC. (Donate if you are able):
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Fund Texas Choice
Since 2013, Fund Texas Choice has helped over 1,500 Texans access safe abortion. Your donation will help Fund Texas Choice continue to get Texans safely to the clinic door.
Baltimore Abortion Fund
The Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF) is a mutual aid, grassroots, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance and practical support to people who live in or travel to Maryland for abortion care. We use an intersectional reproductive justice lens to dismantle white supremacy and remove systemic barriers people face when accessing abortion care.
The Brigid Alliance
The Brigid Alliance arranges and funds long-distance travel support for those seeking later abortion care (after the first trimester) throughout the USA.
Chicago Abortion Fund
The Chicago Abortion Fund provides financial, logistical, and emotional support to people seeking abortion care in Chicago, in Illinois, and across the Midwest.
ARC Southeast provides funding and logistical support to ensure Southerners receive safe and compassionate reproductive care including abortion services.
Kentucky Health Justice Network
KHJN provides procedure funding, travel support, and interpretation services for Kentucky clients seeking care, no matter where they have to travel.
Access Reproductive Justice
ACCESS removes barriers and builds the power of Californians to achieve Reproductive Justice. We are proud to provide financial and practical support to callers for their reproductive healthcare, conduct community education and organize for Reproductive Justice, centering our values in every aspect of our work. Your support makes all of this work possible!
JEN (Justice through Empowerment Network)
The Justice through Empowerment Network (JEN) helps South Dakota abortion patients access transportation, childcare, lodging, interpreters, birth control, and other practical support.
Clinic Access Support Network (CASN)
CASN provides transportation, meal stipends, accommodations, childcare assistance, and compassionate care to people seeking abortion services in Houston.
NM Reproductive Coalition for Reproductive Choice
NMRCRC helps people who need an abortion in New Mexico with lodging, transportation, or meals.
Apiary Collective has a full list of abortion funds and practical support orgs. We provide operational, programmatic, and community support tailored to the particularities, complexities, and concerns of abortion access practical support organizations. We centralize information without centralizing power. You can find your local PSO here
The Northwest Abortion Access Fund is an abortion fund serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Trained, compassionate volunteer advocates run our toll-free hotline. We help people pay for their abortion care by sending funding directly to the clinic. We also help people get to and from the clinic and make sure people traveling for care have a safe place to stay.
Midwest Access Coalition
Midwest Access Coalition (MAC) envisions a world in which all people have access to safe, free, legal abortions wherever they live. As a practical abortion fund, MAC helps people traveling to, from, and within the Midwest access a safe abortion by assisting with travel coordination and costs, lodging, food, medicine, childcare, and emotional support.
“We recognize that not all people have access to the healthcare they need due to stigma in their community. Because we believe everyone deserves access to healthcare such as abortion and gender-affirming care, our volunteer pilots provide free transportation to get people where they can get the care they need to live their best life.”
“When we take bold action, including direct action, in service of our mission, our allies grow stronger in their positions, and our opposition becomes weaker. In other words, Reproaction creates a more favorable climate for abortion rights and reproductive justice. See our impact“