WOMEN
11/14/2016 04:55 pm ET Updated Jan 03, 2017

A Quick Guide To Supporting Abortion Providers That Need It Most

Here are some local clinics and organizations that you can help.
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This post has been updated to include information about more clinics than when we originally published. We will continue to update it to include as many clinics as possible.

Access to reproductive health care under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is not looking good. During his “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday night, Trump flippantly said that if Roe v. Wade is repealed, “it would go back to the states” to set abortion laws, and women would simply have to go to surrounding states for their abortions if their own state no longer allowed it ― a “solution” that’s unrealistic for many women

Since Trump’s win was announced on Wednesday morning, people have responded by donating tons of money to Planned Parenthood ― Katy Perry donated 10 thousand dollars, and many people are donating in honor of the staunchly anti-abortion VP-elect Mike Pence. Planned Parenthood will very likely continue to be a target for major government defunding, even though the organization provides services well beyond abortion. 

But while Planned Parenthood is an essential health care organization that provides vital services for millions of American men and women every year, it is not the only one of its kind. There are hundreds of clinics across the country providing the same indispensable services that lack Planned Parenthood’s name recognition and therefore its resources. Donating to these clinics, and keeping their doors open, has never been more vital. 

“Independent clinics need support,” Dr. Willie Parker, who provides abortion services at the last remaining abortion provider in Mississippi and who serves as Board Chair for Physicians for Reproductive Health, told The Huffington Post. “Those clinics don’t have the capital resources that Planned Parenthood has, it becomes really important to support local abortion funds.” 

Collective rage at what a Trump administration might look like for reproductive rights is a great thing, but, according to Parker, it’s important to think about what you can do on the ground. “What people need to do on the ground is think globally and act locally,” he said. 

If making a financial donation isn’t possible, also consider volunteering your time as a clinic escort ― serving as a physical barrier between patients and anti-abortion protestors.

People protest Planned Parenthood and abortion rights in July 2015. 
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People protest Planned Parenthood and abortion rights in July 2015. 

Dr. Parker said that support like that ― on top of a simple letter of support or phone call ― is also incredibly helpful for clinics at this time. 

While the lists of pro-choice organizations and local abortion clinics below is by no means exhaustive, it’s a start. We chose the below clinics for a few reasons: many are the sole abortion provider for hundreds of miles, serving communities from out-of-state. Many of them are regularly targeted by anti-abortion protestors. Many of them are in states where the topic of abortion is so stigmatized that women are driven to dangerous measures to end pregnancies, like drinking Clorox

Here are the groups that are most in need of support. 

National organizations: 

National Abortion Federation: a national federation of independent abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood clinics. Donations can be designated to a number of services including clinic security staff, patient assistance funds, pro-choice advocacy and more. All of the below clinics are members of NAF.  

Abortion Care Network: a national organization similar to NAF. Donations go to support for independent abortion providers exclusively. 

NARAL Pro-Choice America: a national lobbying group with state affiliates who work with the government to advocate for women’s right to choose.  

Clinics by state:

Alabama

Donate here. 

Arizona 

Make donations to AZ Abortion Fund

Arkansas

California 

Women’s Health Specialists of California, northern California locations 

Donate here

Colorado

Donate here.

Or send check donations directly to address (not tax deductible, and funds go directly to patients):

Dr. Hern 1130 Alpine Avenue Boulder, Colorado 80304

Donate here

Florida

Donate here

Indiana

Clinic for Women, Indianapolis

Send donations to clinic address:

3607 West 16th Street, Suite B2 Indianapolis, Indiana 46222

Iowa

Donate here.

Kansas

Kentucky

Make an online to donation the Kentucky-based A Fund

Louisiana 

Send donations to clinic address: 

Attn: Stephanie Chaffee

210 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71104

Maine

Donate here

Maryland/Washington D.C.  

Donate here.

Massachusetts

Michigan

Donate to: Fountain Street Church Choice Fund (donations go exclusively to Heritage Clinic)

Minnesota

Donate here

Mississippi

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Jackson (only provider in the state)

Send checks to clinic address: 

2903 North State Street Jackson, Mississippi 39216

Montana

Donate here

Nebraska

Card payments over the phone at: (402) 291-4797

Send check to clinic address:

1002 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue, NE 68005 

Nevada

Send donations to clinic address: 

1670 East Flamingo Road, Suite C, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

New Hampshire 

Donate here

New Mexico

North Dakota

Red River Women’s Clinic, Fargo (only provider in the state)

Donate here.

Ohio

Card payments over the phone at: (419) 478-6801

Send donations directly to clinic address:

1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo, OH 43612

Oklahoma

South Wind Women’s Center, Oklahoma City   

Tennessee

Donate here

Texas

Utah

Wasatch Women’s Center, Salt Lake City

Send donation via check directly to clinic address:  

715 East 3900 South #203 Salt Lake City, UT. 84107

Virginia

Donate here

Washington 

Cedar River Clinics, Renton, Seattle, Tacoma 

Donate here

West Virginia

Donate here

CORRECTION: This article initially stated that donations to the Abortion Care Network directly support abortion providers; rather, donations are used for a range of support services for clinics.

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