On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the 2018 Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks, and the case which presents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Fifteen weeks is incredibly early in a pregnancy, and well before the viability threshold currently upheld by Roe, which protects the right to abortion until 23 or 24 weeks, or longer in cases where the patient’s health is in question. “Lose the viability standard, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade, and anything is possible,” as my colleague Irin Carmon recently wrote. “If a ban on abortion at 15 weeks is allowed for whatever reason, why not draw the line at six?” With the court’s new 6-3 conservative majority, bolstered by Trump appointees Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh who have both signaled their willingness to roll back abortion rights, the prospect of Roe being overturned seems terrifyingly real. The court will probably issue its decision by the end of this year’s session in June 2022, if not sooner.
If Roe is overturned, abortion would be explicitly or effectively outlawed in at least 21 states. That leaves tens of millions of Americans, mostly in a huge block of southern and midwestern states, hundreds of miles from the nearest abortion provider. And Republicans have already been chipping away at access in these states for years, making abortion virtually inaccessible even if technically legal.
If you’re feeling terrified and want to take action, the best thing you can do is donate to an abortion fund: an on-the-ground organization that helps arrange and pay for abortion care for patients who need it. In states where access has been whittled away almost entirely, these funds also help pay for transportation and lodging for patients who have to travel hours, sometimes crossing state lines, just to access health care.
The list of a funds below is roughly ordered by how dire the situation in their respective states is, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights’ “What If Roe Fell?” report. Statistics shown are provided by NARAL. Of these states, ten have so-called post-Roe “trigger laws,” which would automatically take effect, outlawing abortion entirely or almost entirely the second Roe is struck down. It should be noted that funds are listed next to the states in which they are based, but many funds help people seeking care from multiple states. If you are interested in finding out where exactly a fund operates, visit its website.
Even with Roe still standing, in every state listed below, access is already incredibly restricted. Here’s where you can donate, if you’d like:
Hostile (states with lawmakers who will likely try to prohibit abortion):
Mississippi: Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund
Mississippi has just one abortion clinic left, and 91 percent of women in the state live in counties with no provider. The state has a pre-Roe ban, a post-Roe trigger ban, and a six-week abortion ban that’s currently blocked from taking effect.
Texas: Fund Texas Choice, West Fund, Texas Equal Access Fund, Stigma Relief Fund, Clinic Access Support Network, Lilith Fund, SYS (Support your Sistah), The Bridge Collective, Jane’s Due Process
Texas will likely try to prohibit abortion. In 2021, Texas enacted a trigger ban, intended to prohibit abortion in almost all situations, and a six-week ban with a private right of action, which allows private individuals to sue abortion providers or helpers in Texas courts.
West Virginia: West Virginia FREE Choice Fund, Holler Health Justice
West Virginia has just one abortion clinic, and 90 percent of women in the state live in counties with no provider. An amendment to the West Virginia Constitution, passed in 2018, states that there is no right to abortion under the state constitution.
Kentucky: Kentucky Health Justice Network, A Fund, Inc
Kentucky has just one abortion provider, and 82 percent of women in the state live in counties with no provider. In 2019, it enacted a tigger ban that would prohibit abortion if Roe were overturned.
Missouri: Missouri Abortion Fund
Missouri has just one abortion provider, and 78 percent of Missouri women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Missouri has a trigger ban intended to prohibit all abortion as well as an eight-week abortion ban that’s currently blocked from taking effect.
Arkansas: Arkansas Abortion Support Network
77 percent of Arkansas women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Arkansas passed a trigger ban intended to prohibit abortion in 2019.
South Dakota: South Dakota Access for Every Woman
South Dakota has one open abortion provider, and 76 percent of South Dakota women live in counties with no abortion clinic. The state enacted a near-total trigger ban in 2005.
Louisiana: New Orleans Abortion Fund
72 percent of women live in counties with no access to an abortion provider. Louisiana has a trigger law banning abortion as well as a six-week abortion ban that would take effect if Roe was overturned.
North Dakota: North Dakota Women in Need Abortion Access Fund
North Dakota has one open abortion provider, and 72 percent of North Dakota women live in counties with no abortion clinic. It enacted a near-total trigger ban in 2007.
Wisconsin: Women’s Medical Fund
70 percent of Wisconsin women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Wisconsin has an unenforced pre-Roe ban.
Indiana: All-Options Hoosier Abortion Fund
70% of Indiana women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Indiana has numerous restrictions that make abortion inaccessible.
Idaho: Northwest Abortion Access Fund
67 percent of Idaho women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Idaho enacted a trigger ban in 2019.
Utah: Utah Abortion Fund
63 percent of Utah women live in counties with no abortion clinic. The state enacted a trigger ban in 2020.
Alabama: Yellowhammer Fund
59 percent of Alabama women live in counties with no access to an abortion provider. In 2019, Alabama enacted a total ban on abortion — currently blocked from taking effect — that would criminalize providing abortion care.
Georgia: Access Reproductive Care-Southeast
55 percent of Georgia women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Georgia enacted a six-week abortion ban that, if allowed to be enforced, would effectively prohibit all abortion.
Ohio: Preterm Access Fund, Women Have Options - Ohio
55 percent of Ohio women live in counties with no abortion clinic. In 2019, Ohio enacted a six-week ban on abortion that’s currently blocked from taking effect. In 2020, the House legislature introduced a bill that would sue anyone who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion” for a minimum of $10,000.
Oklahoma: Roe Fund
53 percent of Oklahoma women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Oklahoma has two pre-Roe abortion bans on the books.
Nebraska: Abortion Access Fund - Bellevue, NE
40 percent of Nebraska women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Nebraska has a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
Michigan: Fountain Street Church Choice Fund, Reclaim MI WIN Fund
35 percent of Michigan women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Michigan has a pre-Roe abortion ban. The current governor supports abortion rights but access in the state is incredibly restricted.
Arizona: Abortion Fund of Arizona, Tuscon Abortion Support Collective
18 percent of women live in counties with no access to an abortion provider. Arizona has a pre-Roe abortion ban, as well as severe restrictions already in place.
Not protected (states in which abortion will remain without legal protection):
Wyoming: Chelsea’s Fund
96 percent of Wyoming women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Wyoming has many restrictions on access.
Virginia: Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project, Blue Ridge Abortion Fund, DC Abortion Fund – VA, Stigma Relief Fund – VA
80 percent of Virginia women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Democratic governor Ralph Northam eased abortion restrictions in 2020, but it remains uncodified in the state constitution.
Pennsylvania: Women’s Medical Fund, Western Pennsylvania Fund for Choice
48 percent of Pennsylvania women live in counties with no abortion clinic. Abortion access is extremely restricted. The state does not have a trigger ban but abortion would be without legal protection if Roe were overturned, leaving patients and providers vulnerable to criminalization.
New Mexico: New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, West Fund NM, Mariposa Fund, Indigenous Women Rising
48 percent of New Mexico women live in counties with no abortion clinic. The state has an unenforced pre-Roe ban.
New Hampshire: Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire
30 percent of New Hampshire women live in counties with no abortion clinic. New Hampshire outlaws a safe second-trimester abortion procedure with no exception to protect a woman’s health.
Colorado: Cobalt Fund, Reproductive Equality Fund of the Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
27 percent of Colorado women live in counties with no abortion clinic. The state has not enacted any bans but abortion is not protected in the state constitution.