Who We Are
The New River Abortion Access Fund (NRAAF) is a grassroots reproductive justice organization working to eliminate economic, practical, and logistical barriers to abortion access. Based in the New River Valley, NRAAF operates a volunteer-run helpline that provides financial assistance, transportation and lodging to low-income abortion patients in Southwest Virginia.
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.
NRAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds.
New River Abortion Access Fund provides financial and logistical support for abortion care 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 all women have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, reproduction, and health for themselves, their families, and their communities–in all areas of their lives.
We envision a world where everyone has access to safe, legal, affordable abortion care if they want or need it, without judgment or shame.
We envision a world where every reproductive decision takes place in thriving communities that are safe, affordable, and nonviolent.
Reproductive Justice. 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.
Intersectionality. We recognize that inequitable access to abortion is tied to intersecting systems of oppression including sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia. A comprehensive vision of justice must involve working towards economic justice, racial justice, gender justice, and reproductive justice.
Autonomy. Autonomy is a non-negotiable human right. 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. Every person has the right to determine whether, when, and how to create family. Every person deserves unrestricted access to rights, comprehensive information, and resources to care for themselves and their families.
Collective Power. We seek to build collective power from the ground while centering the voices, experiences, and leadership of people who are most directly and disproportionately impacted by structural barriers .
Compassion. We advocate for a reduction of shame and an increase in compassion for people as they navigate life. Reproductive coercion, burdens, and barriers to reproductive healthcare are all forms of violence.
Abortion is essential healthcare. 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.
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.
If you want to redistribute wealth and build power in the community, please support your local abortion fund with a tax-deductible donation.
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