Women's Medical Fund
The Women's Medical Fund is a non-profit charitable organization assisting Wisconsin women and girls who are seeking an abortion and cannot afford the entire cost. Since 1972, the Fund has helped more than 20,000 women. We have assisted many women who are victims of domestic battery, of rape and incest, and those who are homeless, disabled, addicted or ill. Several times a year we assist women who are carrying grossly abnormal fetuses. Girls and women ages 11 to 47 have been helped.
Like all women, a low-income woman has an abortion because she is trying to do her best for herself and her family. Her decision is based on the circumstances of her life.
Women seeking assistance must demonstrate financial need. Women's Medical Fund usually grants or loans up to one-half the cost of an abortion, although in tragic cases more money sometimes is granted. Her application to the Fund determines financial need, and the woman or girl is asked to pay as much as possible herself.
Fund checks are made payable to the clinic or physician after the abortion has been performed to make sure the money is used for the intended purpose. A typical grant or loan is $200 for an early abortion or $300-$400 for a second trimester abortion. Some women need as little as $30 to $50 to complete their funding. An occasional recipient repays WMF in part or in full.
Women's Medical Fund is completely volunteer. No money is used for salaries, rent or overhead. Volunteers answer calls and respond to requests for assistance. Phone, printing, and postage costs are donated. Over 99.5% of all donations go directly to fund abortions for low-income women and girls.
Abortion in Wisconsin:
Legal, but hard to access
The right to choose an abortion is meaningless without access to abortion services.
Although abortion currently is legal, increasingly restrictive laws are limiting access for all women. Low-income women, unable to pay for an abortion, are effectively denied access to complete health care services.
Federal and state government funds cannot be used to pay for abortions in Wisconsin; most health insurance does not cover abortions.
Wisconsin has among the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation. Low-income and rural women are particularly hard hit by these laws, especially the law mandating two visits to a clinic, 24 hours apart, which increases the costs of obtaining an abortion.
Wisconsin has limited abortion clinic services. There are only four clinics, located only in Milwaukee, Madison and Appleton. Often women must pay for travel, childcare or overnight accommodations in addition to using scarce resources to pay the medical costs.
Women's Medical Fund needs your help
Your financial support will directly impact the life of a woman in need.
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to Women's Medical Fund today. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and put to immediate use.
If you need help paying for an abortion contact WMF here.
Women's Medical Fund, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and a member of NNAF, the National Network of Abortion Funds