"There aren't 'women who have abortions' and 'women who have babies.' Those are the same women at different points in their lives." -- Rachel Atkins, PA, MPH, Executive Director, Vermont Women's Health Center
Forty-three percent of all women will have had at least one abortion by the time they are 45 years old. Women needing abortions are from 8 to 53-years old. They are grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives and lovers. They are all races and religions. They are sometimes victims of rape, incest and/or battery. Sometimes they are women experiencing medical crisis complicated by pregnancy.
We need your support for the Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund, a fund of last resort for Kansas’ women who need emergency contraception (EC) or abortions and don’t have all the money necessary.
Begun in 1996, the Fund is a grassroots effort to help provide reproductive health care equality for all women.
As supporters of choice, we have watched women’s options for health care eroded through government action over the last several years. The heaviest attack has been on women in crisis who don’t have the financial means to pay for an abortion or emergency contraception.
Nationally, 27% of women seeking abortions are living below the federal poverty level. We don’t know how many more women were unable to obtain services because they did not have the money needed to cover their costs.
The stories of the women we assist are all different, but all are heart-rending, heroic and sad. The women have three things in common:
- they are pregnant or believe they have recently had unprotected sex
- they have decided a pregnancy is not healthful for their lives and/or the lives of their families
- they are poor and cannot find enough support from families or friends or public support
Through our links with clinics, the Fund accepts referrals from health care providers who have determined a woman is pregnant or needs EC, and is in financial need.
Members of the Fund do not screen referrals for financial need. Financial need is investigated thoroughly and determined by clinic staff before making referrals to the Fund. These procedures ensure the Fund’s ability to act in a way that will not jeopardize our ability to help those in need.
Professionals determine the amount required after all other sources of support are identified. Help is provided based on a professional referral and in consideration of the financial resources available to the Fund at the time of the request. Women seeking support are asked to pay as much as they are able.
Our goal is that no woman is ever turned away from EC or a needed abortion because of the inability to pay.
The existence of the Fund depends on the contributions of women and men who care about women in need. It is a 501(c)3, tax deductible, non-profit charity administered entirely by volunteers. All individuals’ contributions go directly to health care providers to pay for procedures and EC.