We believe restrictions on abortion funding and access are discriminatory because they especially burden people in need: low-income people, young people, people of color and rural people of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.
Our purpose is to serve as a safety net for those who would not otherwise be able to obtain an abortion.
What We Do
The ND WIN Fund provides financial assistance for people seeking abortion in North Dakota. Grants are provided to reduce the abortion fee for those who qualify. Funds are used to assist with a variety of needs leading up to and on the day of an appointment including, but not limited to:
Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing
Basic Healthcare Supplies
Additionally, we believe people seeking abortion should not have to pay to terminate a pregnancy that resulted from rape. The Fund covers the cost of an abortion for these individuals and believes paying for this service is one small act of compassion for those who have experienced sexual violence.
The Hyde Amendment prevents federal funds from being used for abortion services. As Medicaid is a jointly funded federal-state health insurance program, states have to choose to provide state funds for Medicaid abortion coverage. North Dakota and South Dakota do not allocate funding for Medicaid abortion coverage. Additionally, North Dakota has a restriction on private health insurance plans covering abortion services. This extensive lack of insurance coverage creates a significant financial barrier to abortion services for low-income women in North Dakota and South Dakota.
The ND WIN Fund was founded in January 1999 on the principle that people on North Dakota and South Dakota Medicaid should have a safety net when accessing abortion. The financial assistance grants provided by the ND WIN Fund help reduce the impact of the lack of insurance coverage in these states.
The ND WIN Fund opposes unreasonable restrictions on abortion access. North Dakota and South Dakota have some of the most restrictive laws in the nation on abortion and abortion access.
Current laws include required waiting periods, state mandated information that includes inflammatory and inaccurate statements, restrictions on abortion methods, and unnecessary requirements for doctors providing abortion.
These conservative state legislatures continue to introduce and largely support additional onerous restrictions. The ND WIN Fund initiates advocacy efforts to inform, educate and activate the public when these legislative threats occur.
These advocacy efforts include, but are not limited to:
Explaining the Legislative Process
Partnering with Coalitions and Campaigns