Who We Are
New River Abortion Access Fund (NRAAF) is a volunteer-run grassroots organization in Blacksburg, Virginia that provides financial assistance and logistical support to anyone who cannot afford to pay for an abortion. The abortion fund serves the New River Valley, Southwest Virginia, and anyone traveling in Virginia for reproductive healthcare. In addition to financial support, we offer transportation and overnight housing for patients who need help traveling to and from their appointment.
We are dedicated to ensuring that all women have access to safe, legal, affordable abortion care regardless of income level, race, location, ability, gender identity, or immigration status. Without access to funding, many of us do not have a real choice.
We fund abortion and offer practical support such as transportation and lodging in order to break down barriers to abortion access, while fighting the interconnected systems of oppression that create a need for abortion funding.
We envision a world where everyone has access to safe, legal, affordable abortion care.
We advocate for reproductive justice, which is 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. Reproductive justice is about access, not choice. Keeping abortion legal is necessary, but not enough. Even when abortion is legal, many poor women and women of color cannot afford it, or cannot travel. When there is no access, there is no choice.
We believe that abortion is healthcare, and healthcare is a human right. We seek to end the stigma so that abortion is seen as an ordinary medical procedure.
We recognize that inequitable access to abortion is tied to intersecting systems of oppression including sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia.
We believe all people deserve the freedom to decide what to do with their own bodies, and that no one should have to carry a pregnancy to term against their will.
Why We Fund Abortion
1 in 4 women will seek an abortion by age 45. Although abortion is common, legal abortion is not widely accessible to women in the U.S.
The typical cost of a 1st-trimester abortion in Virginia is $500, or more, depending on the type of abortion, the kind of anesthesia used, and the number of weeks in the pregnancy.
The Hyde Amendment prevents federal funds from being used for abortion except in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest, or fetal impairment.
In Virginia, Medicaid and most private insurance plans do not cover the procedure.
Health insurance plans offered by the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion if the woman’s life is endangered, or in cases of rape or incest.
Many of the women who choose to have an abortion are mothers who cannot afford another child.
92% of Virginia counties don’t have access to a clinic that provides abortion services. Women in rural areas are less likely to have access to a provider.
In Virginia, a woman must undergo an ultrasound and counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
Travel expenses, the additional cost of multiple nights in a hotel, lack of paid time off from work, and mandatory wait periods make it difficult for low-income women to travel for an abortion.
Low-income women, women of color, LGBTQ+ folks, women in rural areas, and young people are often the first to be affected by hostile abortion restrictions and bans.