Our Mission

The Iowa Abortion Access Fund (IAAF) is dedicated to the belief that the freedom to choose legal abortion should be available to everyone. IAAF is committed to providing access to abortion services for those who lack the resources to pay for an abortion.

Our Team

Our Team

The IAAF Board is comprised of volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of residents across Iowa and the Quad Cities.

Fundraising

Fundraising

Community donations are our final defense in making abortion accessible to all people regardless of income or ethnicity.

Advocacy

Advocacy

IAAF works to promote community awareness of reproductive rights and abortion. Consider contacting us for a speaking engagement for your group.

Counseling

Counseling

IAAF counselors will work directly with patients and the abortion clinic to provide discrete and private financial assistance.

Financial Access

Financial Access

IAAF provides interest-free loans to residents throughout the state who may lack the financial resources for abortions.

Events

Events

Our annual spring art gallery and fall auction are popular events promoting education and community fundraising.

About

IAAF has created a partnership between clinics and doctors and other health care providers. Patients are referred to IAAF by abortion clinics when the person is approved for a procedure, but may lack the financial resources for service. IAAF helps pay for abortions for residents of Iowa as well as residents of Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties in Illinois.  The IAAF telephone counselor discretely talks to each person about their financial resources and need for funds. Because of the obvious need, IAAF makes loans only to those with the greatest need and only for a portion of the cost. If the patient is qualified for a loan, IAAF sends payment in their name to the chosen clinic. Every client is reminded that the subsidy is considered a loan and is encouraged to pay the money back, even in small amounts over a long period of time.  IAAF is affiliated with the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).

The Iowa Abortion Access Fund was founded in 1978 and raises money for women throughout the state of Iowa and the Quad Cities. Like many abortion funds, the Iowa Abortion Access Fund began as a clergy consultation service in the days before Roe v. Wade, when abortion was illegal, referring women and girls to clinics in other states and helping them make connections. Although no longer affiliated with specific liberal churches, when abortion became a legal option, IAAF continued to help anyone who needed financial assistance.  In January of 2010 we changed our name from IMAF (Iowa Medical Aid Fund) to IAAF to better reflect our commitment to work to normalize the term abortion and more clearly identify our service to women in need of abortion services.  We are dedicated to the belief that the freedom to choose legal abortion should be available to all women.

Why do we fund abortions? Listen to members of the National Network of Abortion Funds tell you why abortion access matters, in their own words.

Importance

All women, but especially low-income women, have been the focus of legislative attempts to limit access to abortion. Iowa women on Medicaid can't receive public assistance for abortions unless for an immediately life threatening condition. No help is available for women with serious medical or mental health problems, for women who are homeless, for young girls trying to finish school, for families who can't afford another child, or for women who are victims of abuse, rape, or incest.  Every year, IAAF provides loans to hundreds of Iowa women who have made the difficult decision to have an abortion. They represent all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Some are married, some are single. Their ages range from 11 to 45. Their situations are desperate.

  • Enabling Reproductive Choice
  • Empowering Choice With Dignity
  • 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization
  • Volunteer-Run, Volunteer and Foundation Funded