September 19, 2023
An abortion fund provides financial assistance to qualifying patients who need help paying for their abortion care. Here’s what you need to know—from how they work to the ways they can support you.
For people seeking an abortion, they may find that the cost of care is a barrier to getting the treatment they need. In addition to the treatment itself, there are other associated costs that might come up—including transportation to or from a clinic, paying for childcare, and lost wages from missing work. What’s more, financial barriers to abortion access disproportionately impact marginalized groups, including Black, Indigenous, and undocumented people.
If you’re worried about paying for your abortion, know that you’re not alone. But there are ways you can get help, including through abortion funds—which can offer financial assistance and practical support for people seeking an abortion.
Individual clinics (including Hey Jane) or the National Abortion Federation Hotline can connect you with abortion funds. You can also apply for financial assistance yourself through abortion funds.
An abortion fund is an organization or group of people that will help cover costs for those who need assistance paying for abortion care. On top of the treatment itself, some funds may also help pay for “practical support”: transportation to and from clinics, hotel stays, childcare, and other logistical needs that might come up when accessing abortion care.
Every abortion fund has its own guidelines and eligibility rules; some may focus on a specific state or geographic area, while others may support specific demographics or types of patients. Abortion funds are often run by volunteers, which means that response wait times vary depending on the organization. Their funding comes from donations made by individuals and organizations.
It’s important to know how much treatment may cost before reaching out to an abortion fund. Abortion care costs will vary depending on a variety of factors, including where you live, how many weeks pregnant you are, and whether you’re receiving care in-person or virtually (through a telemedicine clinic like Hey Jane). Abortion procedures could cost anywhere from $500-$1,195, while the cost of medication abortion (aka abortion pills) ranges from $40-$600 or more. If you’re considering going to a clinic in your area, call them directly for costs. If you’re using a telemedicine clinic, you’ll see the cost listed on the website—at Hey Jane, we offer a sliding scale from $199 for patients paying out of pocket who are needing financial assistance; treatment with us includes the medicines, shipping, and medical and emotional support from our clinical care team. (For more info on abortion care costs and options in your area, check out ineedana.com.)
Exactly how much an abortion fund can cover for each abortion depends on the fund and the individual patient’s circumstances. If one fund can’t pay for all of the costs associated with an abortion, they may be able to cover part of the costs or help the person find other resources. It’s possible to apply to more than one abortion fund at a time.
It’s important to first figure out some details surrounding your abortion care. You’ll want to know where you’ll be receiving treatment, how much your treatment option costs, and how much you’re able to cover on your own.
Once you have your plan in place, reach out to the clinic to see if they have any partnerships with abortion funds in place.
Here’s how to apply:
Yes! Hey Jane has partnered with a number of abortion funds to make it as easy as possible for qualifying patients to receive financial assistance on part or most of their Hey Jane treatment. Each fund supports a unique set of Hey Jane patients.
Here’s the list of our current abortion fund partners:
To apply for and use financial assistance from an abortion fund with Hey Jane, take the following steps:
Abortion funds rely on donations to continue to do this important work. According to the National Network of Abortion Funds, in 2019 a network of over 90 grassroots organizations directly supported 56, 155 people obtaining abortions—but that was only 26% of the calls these funds received during that time period. Donations are so important because it allows these groups to reach even more patients.
Another way you can support abortion funds is by volunteering your time—many funds are powered by volunteers, and are always looking for people who can help out in some way. Anyone who would like to support a fund can visit their website (see a full list of funds in the United States here) to learn more about how to contribute.
Hey Jane is a virtual clinic offering telemedicine prescription of abortion pills for medically eligible people over 18 years old and up to 10 weeks pregnant. After you’ve confirmed and verified that you live in a state that’s eligible for Hey Jane (California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, or Washington), you’ll speak with a licensed abortion provider through a secure messaging platform who will review your medical history and answer any questions you have. Once you’re approved for medication abortion, you’ll receive your prescription in an unmarked package within 1-5 business days.
Get more info on Hey Jane’s official fund partners on our Resources page.