Both before and after the fall of Roe v. Wade, cost has been one of the greatest barriers to accessing abortion. With abortion care illegal or not available across whole swaths of the country, the financial burden of abortion access will only increase.
Historically, those who already experience barriers to care, including people of color, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color; LGBTQIA+ people; young people; immigrants; and others already marginalized by society are disparately impacted by and bear the brunt of the harmful effects caused by abortion bans and restrictions. Studies show that someone who wants an abortion but is unable to access it is four times more likely to live in poverty, more likely to not be able to cover her basic living needs, and more likely to experience intimate partner violence.
NIRH thinks it is critical to secure funding for abortion care in every state and locality in which it is possible. In 2022, states and localities dedicated funding to provide practical and meaningful support to individuals seeking abortion care who could not afford the cost of the care and logistical expenses involved in accessing abortion, and to expand provider capacity. This funding will help ensure that people who need abortions are able to make decisions about their health and future with dignity and economic security.