Following the Supreme Court’s momentous ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, countless abortion providers are closing their doors. But access to abortion had been waning for decades. Especially in low-income communities located far from an abortion provider, the requisite medical, travel and lodging costs had been putting the procedure out of reach.

Dozens of abortion funds cropped up to fill this gap. Until recently, these small nonprofits, which often rely heavily on volunteers to provide abortion seekers with monetary and logistical assistance, were helping thousands of people without much fanfare. Having conducted several studies of abortion funds, University of Tennessee social work scholar Gretchen Ely explains how donations to these funds surged after the ruling, setting up these groups to help as many people as they can.

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