The Texas Equal Access Fund recognizes that many women in North Texas who would choose abortion are unable to because of financial hardship, social pressure, or a lack of local providers. We are dedicated to helping women with a demonstrated need to pay for their abortions.
The Texas Equal Access Fund believes that the right to reproductive choice is denied when women are unable to access abortion services. Restrictions on abortion access and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden poor women, young women, women of color, and rural women. We oppose all efforts to restrict abortion rights and are committed to fighting for access to abortion for all women. We believe that abortion is a fundamental feature of women’s health care, and that it is the responsibility of government to fund abortions for low-income women. However, in the absence of government funding, we believe it is our duty to act now to support women who want abortions and cannot afford them.
The Women We Serve
The TEA Fund helps low-income and disadvantaged women who want an abortion and do not have enough money to pay for it. Our clients are residents of North Texas who seek an abortion at a clinic in the region. We have helped women who are single mothers, who are living in homeless shelters, who are survivors of domestic violence, who are ill, and who are very poor. We have helped girls as young as 11 and women as old as 44. The TEA Fund helps these women afford the choice that will allow them to care for the children they already have, maintain their health, pursue their educations, leave unhealthy situations, and pay the next month’s bills. Hear from our clients.
How We Work
Most of our referrals come from clinics, when a woman tells a clinic that she wants an abortion and she can’t afford it. We do receive some referrals from our website, or from women’s shelters or social workers who know about us. The woman who needs our help calls our hotline and leaves a message, and one of our volunteers returns her call within 24 hours. We discuss the woman’s financial situation and our ability to help her. We do not provide options counseling, although we can refer women to resources that do. We do not pay the full cost of an abortion for any woman; usually our grants are in the range of $50 to $100. This amount is paid directly to the clinic, after the woman has received the procedure. Get help.
The TEA Fund is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer organization that raises its money through private donations. This cause is particularly difficult to fund because of the political context, so our board of directors works nonstop all year long to raise money through meetings with major donors and foundations, private house parties, benefit shows, yard sales, online and mail appeals, and various events. The TEA Fund has one of the largest budgets of any abortion fund in the nation, but the need in Texas is consistently growing. Join our work.