FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an abortion fund?
The National Network of Abortion Funds explains that abortion funds are organizations that work “to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. Some of them work with clinics to help pay for your abortion. Some of them offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion.”
How did the WIN Fund get started?
The WIN Fund was started in Fargo, North Dakota in 1999 as a response to medicaid coverage differences for women in Minnesota versus North Dakota and South Dakota. This was due to the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. However, there are currently 17 states who use their own state funds to provide coverage for abortions, including Minnesota. This means that a woman who can access Medical Assistance in Minnesota will pay nothing for her abortion, while women in North Dakota and South Dakota will have to cover the full cost for their abortions. Organizers of the WIN Fund immediately thought “this isn’t fair.”
With that in mind, the WIN Fund was formed and originally provided a $100 reduction in fee to North Dakota and South Dakota women on Medicaid when funding was available. The WIN Fund has since grown, and now strives to provide low-cost access to abortion and other related reproductive healthcare services to women in North Dakota and South Dakota. The WIN Fund is an affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).
Is the WIN Fund affiliated with the Red River Women's Clinic?
The WIN Fund is a separate, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is distinct from the Red River Women’s Clinic. The Red River Women’s Clinic is the only clinic in North Dakota, so most women who receive funding from the WIN Fund seek services at this clinic.
Does the WIN Fund help women outside of North Dakota?
The WIN Fund was designed to help women seeking abortion care in North Dakota. If you start your abortion care in North Dakota and learn you need to travel out of state, help may be available to you. See the question below.
I have to travel out of state for my abortion. Will the WIN Fund still help me?
If you seek abortion care at the Red River Women’s Clinic in North Dakota and then discover for whatever reason you must travel out of state, the WIN Fund may still be able to help you. Common reasons to travel out of state can include being past Red River’s gestational limit, pre-existing medical conditions, or the need for hospital-based care. When you are at the Red River Women’s Clinic for your appointment and you discover that you will need to travel out of staff, staff will speak to you about WIN Fund funding.
Can abortion funds cover the whole cost of my abortion?
In order to best serve as many people as possible, the WIN Fund does not cover the entire cost of an abortion. The average grant given to a caller is approximately $100. The fund can also help offset the cost of certain birth control methods or other types of practical support such as gas or lodging. Each case is unique and depends on your insurance coverage, financial situation, and other factors.
How do I qualify for help from the WIN Fund?
When you call to make your appointment with the Red River Women’s Clinic, each woman from North and South Dakota will automatically be offered funding through the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline Fund. This assistance is usually enough to help make the abortion accessible. In the case that it is not, a financial assessment will be done by the clinic representative to see if you qualify for additional WIN Fund funding.
Can I get help from more than one abortion fund at once?
There are a few funds across the country that can help a woman no matter where she lives. Each fund has its own unique eligibility requirements. Visit NNAF to learn more about individual funds and their eligibility requirements.
How can I donate to the WIN Fund?
Where do the funds from my donation go?
Your donation to the WIN Fund is used in a variety of ways to help women in need. These include: abortion care, STI testing, birth control, ultrasound costs, lab charges, parking, lodging, gas money, and train or bus fare.
How much do abortions cost?
The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota currently charges the following prices:
Vacuum Aspiration (Suction) Abortion 4-11 weeks LNMP*
Early Medication Abortion (less than 70 days pregnant)*
Vacuum Aspiration (Suction) Abortion 12-13 weeks LNMP*
Vacuum Aspiration (Suction) Abortion 14 weeks LNMP*
Vacuum Aspiration (Suction) Abortion 15 weeks LNMP*
Vacuum Aspiration (Suction) Abortion 16 weeks LNMP*
RH Negative Shot <12 wk LNMP*
RH Negative Shot >12 wk LNMP*
Post Operative Check-up
Generic Depo Provera (Medroxyprogesterone)
Walk-in Pregnancy Test
Walk-in Chlamydia/Gonorrhea Test
Generic Emergency Contraception
*LNMP Last Normal Menstrual Period
How can I get more involved with the WIN Fund?
There are a variety of ways to get involved with the WIN Fund. The WIN Fund hosts three annual events that we encourage you to attend, support, and volunteer your time with. These include our Choice Desserts fundraiser held in late January, a Bowl-A-Thon in mid-April, and a Taco or Beer Challenge held in the fall.
We welcome applications for new board members, and review applications bi-annually, in June and December. Applications are available on our website. We are looking for dedicated people who are willing to be a part of a working board that shapes our goals, engages in advocacy when needed, and helps make a direct impact on the lives of women in need.