USA: National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)
The National Network of Abortion Funds has members in most states in the USA. Their members are grassroots abortion funds who are working to help women in their communities. They believe women deserve justice and do all they can to make abortion accessible, one woman at a time. They say:
Why fund abortion now?
Because the right to abortion is meaningless if you don’t have the resources to pay.
In response to drastic limits on abortion access resulting from last summer’s disastrous bills in Texas, abortion funds on the ground mobilized immediately. This ongoing crisis has actually produced new abortion funds, including practical support networks that help with travel, shelter, and other logistics. We have been working closely with people in affected areas to help these emerging funds coordinate efforts, and we’ve offered assistance in multiple ways so that as clinics close, barriers multiply, and expenses increase far beyond what is feasible, volunteers and agencies are prepared to direct women to resources.
But even as abortion fund activists work to meet the needs of women traveling ever farther distances to get an abortion in Texas, a wave of copycat restrictions is rolling over neighboring states, threatening to close most of the few remaining clinics in neighboring states.
This is why we’ve been working with activists in these states to bolster their efforts and strengthen a network of access across a broad swath of the American south.
MEXICO: FONDO MARIA (MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice)
In 2007, Mexico City became the exception by decriminalizing abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation. Abortion in most Mexican states is an issue of a failure of social justice, since wealthy women can pay for private providers or travel to Mexico City or outside of the country while poor women are forced to risk their health and lives in back-alley abortions. The MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice was founded in 2009 by the Mexican organization Balance Promocion para el Desarrollo y Juventud in order to help precisely these women.
Balance is a progressive feminist organization that seeks to influence public policies and programmes on sexual and reproductive rights, with an emphasis on women and young people, through promoting citizenship and participatory leadership, with arguments based in evidence.
MARIA’s objectives are to increase awareness about women’s right to legal abortion, and to strengthen solidarity among people to believe in and defend women’s right to a safe and legal abortion.
The MARIA Fund has supported more than 750 Mexican women since May 2009.
UK: Abortion Support Network (ASN)
Abortion Support Network help people access safe abortions. ASN provides advice on travelling for abortion, financial assistance towards the costs, and, where needed and where possible, accommodation in volunteer homes. ASN do this for people resident in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta, Gibraltar and Poland.
Funding is available on a case by case basis depending on financial need and ASN’s available funds. Please contact ASN before booking travel as we can also advise on the least expensive clinics and methods of travel.
We can also provide information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post.
*ASN does not ask clients their gender, nor does gender identity influence grant eligibility.
GERMANY: Ciocia Basia
Ciocia Basia reaches out and assists Polish women to access a safe abortion in Berlin.
Ciocia Basia is an activist group created to support women who want to come to Berlin to have an abortion. We facilitate contact and appointments with confidential, non-judgemental counsellors and medical professionals who offer the abortion pill for 150 E and the surgical abortion for 170 E. We also help with the translation into and from Polish. We try to reduce the amount of time you have to stay in Berlin for the procedure to only one day. We can provide free accommodation in volunteer homes in Berlin if needed. We do not profit financially from our activism!
We hope that in the future, we can also assist women with financial support for travel and the procedure and to become a similar structure like other abortion funds.
POLAND: Abortion Without Borders
Abortion Without Borders is an initiative that will provide information, practical support and funding to people in Poland who need abortions, in Poland or abroad.
Abortion Without Borders services include information, funding, translation services, creative problem solving, accommodation in volunteer homes, and more.Â Abortion Without Borders do not ask people how they got pregnant or why they want an abortion. The only criteria is financial need.
Abortion Without Borders are working with abortion providers in England, the Netherlands, Germany and elsewhere to ensure that there are enough appointments to accommodate those travelling abroad.