Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) provides financial support to people needing assistance paying for an abortion. We boldly affirm a person's right to choose whether to parent or not and that right should not be determined because of age, race, marital status - and most importantly, economic status. We support reproductive freedom, autonomy, and justice.
Thank you for an amazingly successful Bowl-A-Thon season!
Through the Bowl-A-Thon campaign, abortion funds across the country host events to celebrate our movement and raise money to fund abortion. This year, thank to more than 150 fundraisers and 1200 donors, we raised more than $100,000 for the Chicago Abortion Fund and nationwide, we raised more than 2 million dollars for abortion funds!
Abortion funds are only as strong as their supporters and community, and you have shown us that CAF is powerful beyond measure! We know that with you on our side, we can continue to #BuildPowerFundAbortion and work towards a future that ensures every single person has the financial, emotional, and logistical support they need when accessing abortion care.
We are so grateful for your support, and want to make sure that you can stay in touch with us year round to learn more about how your contributions continue to make a difference. Find us on Facebook, Instagram (@chicagoabortionfund) and Twitter (@chiabortionfund) to stay up to date.
Here’s just a snapshot of what the true impact of your support means for CAF:
- We can help more people -- Two years ago, CAF was able to fund about 33% of the people who called the helpline. Now we are able to fund 60-70% of the people who call. CAF also provides one-to-one support to help eligible callers access Medicaid benefits and additional funding when needed.
- We can help in- AND out-of-state folks -- CAF is funding more callers from out-of-state as other states pass more restrictive anti-choice laws. We are truly a resource for the Midwest and the entire country. Illinois is an oasis for abortion care and CAF, with its more than 30 years of experience, is a core part of helping individuals from out-of-state navigate and fund their procedures.
- We advocate at the state and federal level -- The Trump Administration is pushing a violent anti-choice agenda, and hateful "pro-life" protesters are emboldened. CAF is the antidote--we are love, we are true person-centered support, we are fighters for justice. In Springfield, IL, we’re fighting to repeal the Parental Notification Act and pass the Reproductive Health Act and in Washington, DC, we’re laying the groundwork to repeal the Hyde Amendment to lift the ban on using federal funds to pay for abortion care.
- We can advance our vision of reproductive justice -- defined by SisterSong as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities,” CAF works everyday to lift up the perspectives and lived experiences of those most impacted by unjust laws, disempowering economic circumstances, and social stigma that both prevents and restricts access to abortion care and the ability to live freely.
This is all possible thanks to you and so many others like you. Contributions strengthen this movement and community, raise funds needed to help CAF grantees access abortion care, and break down abortion stigma and misinformation through heart-to-heart conversations about abortion.