The Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund (EMA Fund) is volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that works to ensure that all people living in or traveling to eastern Massachusetts have access to abortion.
The EMA Fund provides people with financial counseling and with money for their abortions. They help them navigate transit quickly or find doctors that will take their insurance. They negotiate with abortion providers for discounts, and help callers pay for bus or train tickets, childcare, and translation services.
When the only abortion clinic serving the entire lower half of Oregon (as well as parts of Idaho and Northern California) closed its doors in 2002, local activists and reproductive health advocates responded by forming the Network for Reproductive Options (NRO) to address the sudden and urgent need for abortion services. Today NRO staffs a hotline that offers pregnancy options counseling, assistance with Oregon Health Plan applications, abortion referrals, and direct funding of abortion care.
The New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is a faith-based group that supports the reproductive freedom of every person. They believe in the dignity of all women and are fighting to safeguard women’s moral right to decide what they want for their reproductive future.
NM RCRC is an affiliate of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, an interfaith group that brings together laity, clergy, seminarians and theologians to advocate, educate and fight for women’s rights. They also have a chapter of the Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom program that empowers youth to put their faith into action by being advocates for prochoice social justice.
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.