Abortion funding takes teamwork. Often, putting together the money for a procedure is a collaborative process between patients, providers, and abortion funds. There are dozens of funds throughout the country that work in tandem to make sure that people can access safe and timely abortion care, regardless of cost. These funds serve as compassionate, confidential points-of-access for financial assistance, information, and support.
In addition to Washington, DC, the DC Abortion Fund serves the entire states of Maryland and Virginia, which means we have the opportunity to combine our funding with other incredible abortion funds in our region. We are constantly learning from what these funds accomplish, so in this post, we would like to give a huge shout-out to the funds we work with, who do amazing work in their service areas and deserve so much love! Here are a few of our neighbor funds:
Baltimore Abortion Fund (BAF)
The Baltimore Abortion Fund operates a confidential hotline that offers referrals, financial counseling, and financial assistance. In order to access these services, patients are asked to leave a detailed message with their name, phone number, information about how far along they are in a pregnancy, information about their appointment (if applicable), and whether or not it is safe to leave a return voicemail.
Recently, we received exciting news that BAF’s service area has expanded. Currently, BAF is able to offer financial assistance to residents of the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Frederick. However, all are welcome to call their line for referrals to other resources or financial counseling.
Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund (BRAAF)
For patients in Virginia, the Blue Ridge Abortion Assistance Fund plays an important role in funding abortion care, ultrasounds, and travel. To access BRAAF’s services, patients are asked to state their name, phone number, location, whether or not it is safe to leave a return voicemail, and information about why they are calling.
Currently, BRAAF can help first-trimester patients in Albemarle, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Nelson, Madison, Augusta, Buckingham, and Rockingham counties, and the cities of Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, and Harrisonburg and Culpeper. They also fund second-trimester abortions that are performed at Richmond clinics for patients who live anywhere in Virginia.
Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project (RRFP)
The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project helps patients with funding for abortion care, transportation, lodging, meals, and ultrasounds. To access RRFP’s services, patients must be at least eight weeks pregnant. Patients are asked to leave a voicemail with their name, phone number, date of birth, information about how far along they are in a pregnancy, and information about their appointment. Currently, RRFP serves patients who are residents of Virginia or those who reside in a neighboring community and are having their procedure done in Virginia.
Carolina Abortion Fund
The Carolina Abortion Fund provides assistance for patients who are residents of North Carolina, or people who are traveling to North Carolina for their procedure. To access their services, patients can leave a detailed message stating their name, the reason for their call, a callback number, whether or not it is safe to leave a return voicemail, and the date of their appointment.
Of course, there are tons of other amazing abortion funds all over the country fighting the good fight for access to care. The National Network of Abortion Funds has a pretty sweet list of funds that you can learn more about! For abortion funds, raising money is an uphill battle, but fundraising is a huge part of the fight for reproductive justice and being able to provide financial support for the people that call. We hope you’ll consider volunteering with or donating to DCAF or your local abortion fund in order to help make choice a meaningful reality for all.
By volunteer Dee S.