FAQ

When did Gateway Women’s Access Fund begin?

The fund launched in early 2015 as an affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Where will my money go?

Money donated to the fund will go toward the medical cost of abortion care for Missouri women.

I need an abortion. How do I apply for funding?

We do not offer counseling and do not provide direct personal grants, but the clinics that we work with do. When a clinic we work with sees a patient who needs assistance, GWAF is a potential funding source to which they turn for a portion of the cost. The clinic then bills us for the amount we commit to covering. We recommend contacting a clinic below directly to talk about your options.

Which clinics do you work with?

Currently we have agreements with The Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City, IL, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis RegionPlanned Parenthood Great Plains serving the Kansas City region, and South Winds Women’s Center in Wichita, KS.

What are the barriers to abortion access in Missouri?

According to the Guttmacher Institute, 97% of Missouri counties have no abortion provider, and the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of January 13, 2015:

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two separate trips to the facility.
  • Abortion is covered in private insurance policies only in cases of life endangerment, unless an optional rider is purchased at an additional cost.
  • Health plans that will be offered in the state’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act can only cover abortion when the woman’s life is endangered.
  • Abortion is covered in insurance policies for public employees only in cases of life endangerment.
  • The use of telemedicine for the performance of medication abortion is prohibited.
  • The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest; in contrast, Crisis Pregnancy Centers are funded directly and through tax credits by the State.

(Taken from Guttmacher Institute, http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/sfaa/missouri.html)

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