Headquartered in Los Angeles, WRRAP sends almost 90% of its funding to over 700 clinics and providers across the US to assist those who are in financial need and seeking an abortion.
But costs have risen in recent months, Ghazarian said, as more and more people are being forced to travel to access care due to new abortion restrictions in their home states.
“The whole situation turns something that could cost $500 into something that costs $1,000,” Ghazarian said.
In states like Texas that have already introduced restrictive laws in recent months, the surge in donations has been welcome, but it may still not be enough.
“While we have seen a sizable increase in support this week, the reality is that we’ve never been able to fully address the need, even before SB 8,” said Texas Equal Access Fund executive director Kamyon Conner, referring to the law that effectively banned abortions after around six weeks and enabled civil lawsuits against abortion providers.
Activists too have noticed an uptick in support as they make hurried preparations for a world without Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision nearly 50 years ago that made abortion legal nationwide.
“My phone has been flooded with all manner of emotions, ranging from anger to sadness to bewilderment,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, executive director of WV Free, an advocacy group in West Virginia that has been directing choice fund donations to the state’s only remaining abortion provider.
Chapman Pomponio said she and other activists are now working to organize in West Virginia, which already has a ban in place on abortion should Roe be overturned.
“West Virginians are ready to take their outrage to the streets,” she said. “It’s our job as advocates to channel that energy, that anger, and that fear into positive motion.”
Ghazarian, the WRRAP executive director, said abortion advocates had been trying to prepare supporters for the likelihood that the Supreme Court will strike down Roe, but she said Monday’s surprise leak of the draft opinion seemed to finally awaken them.
“I think the shock of the leak and what was in that opinion caused individuals to be very angry,” Ghazarian said.
If Roe does fall, as seems likely, WRRAP will need even more funding to assist women in conservative states who have to travel elsewhere for abortions.
“We are aggressively seeking donations right now because we need it to support what is about to happen, which is the fall of Roe,” she said, “and these donations will greatly impact those in need of services.”