The Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) provides financial, logistical, and emotional support to people seeking abortion care in Chicago, Illinois, and the Midwest. NIRH has worked with CAF for many years to make access to abortion a reality in Chicago and the surrounding area.
In 2022, NIRH partnered with CAF to identify and implement local policies to expand access for Cook County residents and those traveling to Cook County to receive care. While recent legislative victories in Illinois resulted in expanded access to reproductive health care, including abortion, policy gaps still leave abortion care out of reach for many individuals. This work resulted in the allocation of $500,000 to abortion care by the City of Chicago in 2022, and helped establish CAF as an important partner to the city, county, and state in their work to increase access to abortion care. That relationship has resulted in significant additional funding to CAF, amongst other crucial ways CAF is advising the government on how to protect abortion access.