Who we are
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.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), a membership organization of over 70 funds across the United States.
To fund abortion and break down barriers to abortion access for people in the Northwest.
We envision a world where people can easily access safe, legal abortion care with respect, dignity, and compassion.
- Trust & Respect. We believe the people we serve are experts on their own lives. We treat people with unconditional respect, dignity, and compassion, and honor the decisions they make about their bodies, lives, and families.
- Autonomy. We believe all people deserve the freedom to decide what to do with their own bodies, and that no one should have to carry a pregnancy to term against their will.
- Intersectionality. We recognize that different forms of discrimination can interact and overlap, combining to create even more harm—a concept coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw. We recognize that inequitable access to healthcare, including abortion care, is tied to overlapping forms of oppression including sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia.
- Reproductive Justice. We believe all people have the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children they have in safe and sustainable communities—this is reproductive justice, developed by Black women and defined by SisterSong. Reproductive justice demands that we work at the intersections of racial, economic, and gender justice. We strive to use a reproductive justice lens in all decisions.
- Racial Justice. We recognize that systemic racism, through decades of policies and practices that continue to this day, has benefited white people and harmed people of color. We understand systemic racism is a root cause of the persistent economic, political, social, and health disparities facing communities of color. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other organizations working for justice, respect, and dignity for communities of color. We commit to the ongoing work it takes to be an anti-racist organization.
- Economic Justice: We understand that federal and state policies and practices can serve to exploit, exclude, and punish low-income people. People can experience economic injustice through the denial of affordable health insurance coverage that covers the full range of reproductive services and face barriers to care through jobs without paid sick leave and the cost of expensive child care. We are committed to ensuring that our callers and our communities are treated with fairness and dignity, and have the resources to navigate their lives in a full and robust fashion that is not simply dependent upon economics.
- Culture Shift: We know abortion is health care. We know having an abortion or more than one abortion is normal, valid, and okay. We strive to center people who’ve had abortions, because those are the voices that matter. We seek to strike down stigma and shift culture so abortion is seen as ordinary, a medical procedure like any other health care, a human right.
Why abortion funds?
Abortion funds are community-based groups that raise and grant funds locally to help people who otherwise could not afford the cost of safe, legal abortion care. Approximately 170,000 people nationwide need help paying for their abortions each year.
Even with health insurance that covers abortion services, high deductibles can mean the cost of an abortion falls entirely on the pregnant person. The average cost of a first-trimester abortion in the Pacific Northwest is $650. The monthly income of a full-time, low-wage worker in our region is $1,400.
No matter the political landscape, there will always be people who cannot afford an abortion. Abortion funds are crucial to filling this gap. In 2014, abortion funds across the U.S. raised more than $2.9 million to provide grants supporting abortion access for 21,500 people.
Fast facts: policies affecting abortion access
“I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion: a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the [Medicaid] bill.”
Henry Hyde (R-IL), author of the hyde amendment
“The Hyde Amendment is designed to deprive poor and minority women of the constitutional right to choose abortion.”
Justice Thurgood Marshall, Harris v. McRae, 1980
- Since 1977, the Hyde Amendment has withheld the use of federal funds (Medicaid) for abortions except in narrow circumstances. Abortion is the only medical procedure that has ever been banned from Medicaid.
- Due to lack of funding, an estimated 18% to 35% of women on Medicaid continue their pregnancies despite wanting an abortion.
- In 1973, when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the country, the federal Medicaid program covered abortion as a part of standard medical care. In the first years of legalized abortion, federal Medicaid paid for over one-third of all abortions performed in the U.S.
- Today, 15 states—including Washington, Oregon, and Alaska—use their state Medicaid funds to cover abortion care; 35 states—including Idaho—do not. In states that cover abortion only in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment, Medicaid pays for less than 1% of abortions. In contrast, in states that provide coverage, Medicaid pays for 27%.
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in millions of women gaining health insurance coverage; however, abortion coverage remains restricted in many plans. Even in plans that cover abortion, high deductibles can mean that people pay for abortion entirely out-of-pocket.
- The ACA reinforces the current Hyde Amendment restrictions. The Act specifically prohibits the use of tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments to pay for abortion services beyond those permitted by federal law. States can prohibit plans in a state marketplace from covering any abortions, even if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest or a threat to the pregnant person’s life.
The Portland Mercury, “Can anybody help out this week?” Six days at the Pacific Northwest’s regional abortion fund
Idaho Statesman, Low-income women in Idaho who can’t afford abortions turn to this nonprofit
The Columbian, Two Northwest abortion groups merge
Rewire, The country’s largest abortion fund launched this week
The Oregonian, New NW fund helps pay for abortions
New Republic, Does your insurance cover abortion?
Seattle P-I, Future of Washington women's health murky in the age of Trump
KUOW, Local abortion fund gets boost from post-election donations
The Portland Mercury, Wondering what you can do? A lot.
The Seattle Times, What good is a right to abortion if you can’t pay for it?
The Stranger, Where to get birth control or an abortion and how much it costs
The Stranger, Anti-choice hackers attacked a local abortion fund. Here's how you can help
The Seattle Times, Time to restore abortion funding, helping low-income women
Cosmopolitan.com, The new abortion economy
Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, The impact of abortion funds
Call our toll-free hotline at 1-866-NWAAF10 (1-866-692-2310). We will return your call within 24 hours, Monday – Friday. Please be aware that we return calls from a blocked number and that our volunteers are usually only able to return calls in the evenings. We do not operate the hotline on weekends or holidays.
You can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need financial help, please call us on the hotline number listed above. Please do not email us if you need financial help, but instead call our hotline and leave a message. We cannot check email daily.
PO Box 10894
Eugene, OR 97440