The 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.
We face a multitude of state and national restrictions designed to deny access to abortion care. These restrictions disproportionately affect low-income people. We hope to make “choice” a reality because we believe a person’s right to health care should not depend on her wallet.
DCAF brought on staff for the first time in our history in 2022, which exponentially increased our capacity to fund abortions and show up for our community. We believe that all abortion fund workers deserve a living and thriving wage, and we’re excited to be a part of reproductive justice history!
DCAF staff and case managers work directly with area clinics and funds around the country to pay for abortion care procedures. To date, we have never turned away a single person who was eligible for DCAF funding.
It is the DC Abortion Fund’s policy to comply with all applicable laws. We support pregnant people from all states who want to obtain lawful abortion care in the DC area.
The DC Abortion Fund’s vision is to make reproductive choice a reality.
The DC Abortion Fund exists to make reproductive choice a reality by providing financial support for individuals of any age who lack resources to access abortion care.
The DC Abortion Fund affirms:
DCAF recognizes that every person who calls our helpline, as well as every volunteer and supporter, has a unique background and situation. We strive to serve everyone who contacts us regardless of: gender identity, race, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, ability, place of origin, citizenship, and all other physical or social defining factors. DCAF is committed to recognizing, addressing, and working with all of these identities to the best of our ability.
DCAF believes in fully embodying the pro-choice principle by:
The cost of a first-trimester abortion can be more than a family on public assistance receives in a month. Many people who work multiple jobs still do not have enough extra money for an abortion. Low-income people often delay their abortions while trying to raise the money they need. Many times, these delays force them into more expensive and complicated second-trimester abortions. Some never get enough money to cover the cost of the procedure.
We realize that for most of our clients, abortion is not the means that will eradicate poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, drug abuse, or other forms of oppression they face. Yet, in the midst of these everyday problems, the DC Abortion Fund steps in to financially assist clients and take one concern away. DCAF is the only organization in the DC region that is solely dedicated to providing this service.
Our helpline provides a safe and confidential connection to health care services often restricted by today’s political climate around abortion. The call volume on the helpline has more than quadrupled since we began. Our work helps to ensure quality reproductive health care for everyone who calls, regardless of income.
Our geographic scope encompasses the District, Maryland, and Virginia. We serve people who live in the area as well as those who need to travel here in order to have their procedure. We also partner with the National Abortion Federation, National Network of Abortion Funds, and other funds in outside areas to assist people in extraordinary circumstances.
To learn more about our historical impact, check out our annual reports.