If you’re poor, there’s always NYAAF. NYAAF often pledges the difference between what a poor woman (e.g., a military wife, or a college student) whose insurance does not cover abortion can manage to pay herself, and what abortions actually cost in real life ($500 at 10 weeks gestation up to $1300 at 20 weeks). NYAAF helps women in New York and women from out-of-state who seek abortions in NYC. We need more organizations like this… does anybody know of similar org’s in other states?
AFTERTHOUGHT: I realize I will receive some flak for saying that we need more access to abortions. Fine: if you are a woman who doesn’t approve of abortion, you should certainly exercise your right not to have one. But I have to offer one observation. Not that many years ago… a decade or two at the most… both sides of the issue, pro-choice and anti-choice (with the exception of the Council of Catholic Bishops, of course), could agree that the best solution to minimizing abortions was better and more readily available contraceptives, together with better education of both women and men in the use of those contraceptives. Regrettably, in the intervening two decades, that common ground has disappeared: the anti-choice forces have allied themselves more and more with undisguised radicals, religious and otherwise, who are so contemptuous of women and women’s freedoms that they even oppose the availability of contraceptives, and attempt to place obstacles in the way of women’s obtaining them. Let me be blunt: these radicals are morally despicable, and I unabashedly despise them. Most of these radicals are old men with no stake in the issue; I’ve read that even 98 percent of American Catholic women use contraceptives To the self-righteous old men, I say, STFU; it’s not your issue. And to any women who go along with them, I say this: make those decisions for yourself, and keep your noses out of other women’s business.