Womens Medical Fund
WMF protects and expands abortion access for people living in poverty through direct service and community organizing.
We support folks struggling to get by who need access to abortion now by providing counseling and emergency financial assistance. We support people always through community organizing to lift the insurance bans and eradicate all other barriers.
In 1976, Congress banned federal Medicaid coverage for abortion through the Hyde amendment. Then, in 1985, Pennsylvania prohibited state Medicaid coverage for abortion. Since then, WMF has provided funding to thousands of individuals struggling to get by. For those enrolled in Medicaid, the out-of-pocket cost of an abortion – roughly $400 to $3,000 – can be insurmountable.
In June 2016, the WMF Board adopted a strategic plan for fiscal years 2017-2019. The process revealed that while funding abortions is a key component to WMF’s work, it does not go far enough. To ensure abortion access today and always, WMF expanded our mission to include advocacy and community organizing. We also intentionally set out to make connections between abortion access and racial and economic justice.
WMF relies primarily on generous individual donors to fulfill our mission.