The NAF Hotline Fund operates the largest national, toll-free, multi-lingual Hotline for abortion referrals and financial assistance in the U.S. and Canada. We provide callers with accurate information, confidential consultation, options counseling, and referrals to providers of quality abortion care. We also provide case management services and limited financial assistance to help you afford the cost of your care and travel-related expenses. The Hotline is free and offers services to everyone, regardless of your individual situation.

NAF Hotline

1-800-772-9100

Monday - Friday
7 am - 11 pm EST

Saturday & Sunday
9 am - 5 pm EST

NAF Referral Line

1-877-257-0012

Monday - Friday
9 am - 5 pm EST

Patient Screening Tool

If you need help finding an abortion provider or paying for your abortion care, the NAF Hotline Fund may be able to help. Use this screening tool to answer a few questions and help us direct you to the best resource.

Hotline Services

Our Hotline Staff provide nonjudgmental, confidential counseling and support. They know about current laws impacting abortion access in the U.S. and will give you accurate information about abortion.

What happens when you call the NAF Hotline?

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    First you will hear a message telling you that you have reached the NAF Hotline in English and the option to hear it in Spanish.

    Then you will hear a menu of options: 

    • Funding Assessment
    • NAF Referral Line
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    When you select Funding Assessment, you will be placed on hold until a Hotline Counselor can speak with you.

    You will hear the NAF Hotline Privacy Practices and confidentiality statement while you wait in queue. Please be patient as we get hundreds of calls every week.  

    We are open Monday - Friday 7 am - 11 pm EST and Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm EST. The longest wait times are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. If you have trouble connecting with a Hotline Counselor you may want to try calling before 9 am or after 5 pm.

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    When you speak with a staff person, they will ask you some questions about your living situation, income, and appointment information (if you have it).

    Our funding is limited and if you are eligible, the Hotline Counselor will walk you through the funding process. Every eligible patient receives a Case Manager as a direct contact and resource to help you plan, afford, and manage your abortion care.

What happens when you call the NAF Referral Line?

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    A Hotline Counselor will pick up the call.

    All conversations are confidential.

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    The NAF Referral Line provides information on NAF facilities closest to you that can best meet your current needs.

    The NAF Referral Line also offers: pregnancy options counseling; support around your decision; answers to common pregnancy questions; and up to date, factual information about abortion. The NAF Referral Line does not offer screenings for financial assistance.

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    If you hear a recorded message, no one is available at the moment. Please call back in a short time.

    This message will repeat in Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions

Calling the NAF Hotline

In order to determine if you qualify for funding, you will need to know your household size and income. If you qualify for funding you will need to know your appointment date, the name of the clinic you are going to, how far along you are in the pregnancy (including the date of your last period), and the total price that you were quoted by the clinic. If you do not have all the above information, you may still call and be screened for financial assistance, but we may not be able to complete the funding process in one call.

If you are eligible for our funding, you may be told how much funding we can give you and you will not need to call back. We will send the facility notice of our contribution the day before your appointment and the facility will deduct that contribution from your payment. If you still need help after we pledge funds, you will receive the name and direct number for a Case Manager on the Hotline who will be able to help you. Please keep this name and number in case there are any changes to your appointment or your procedure price.

We are so happy that we were able to help you and appreciate that you want to give back. You can donate to one of our patient assistance funds to help other patients who need help like you did.

Funding Assistance

The NAF Hotline Fund has limited funding available for people seeking abortion care. Please call the NAF Hotline for more information and to see if you qualify for funding assistance.

If you are eligible for funding, we may be able to help you pay for your travel and/or lodging from our Dr. Tiller Patient Assistance Fund. Please let the Hotline Intake Counselor or Case Manager know you may need help with more than the procedure cost when you call.

Although you may be able to receive financial assistance from local or national abortion funds like the NAF Hotline Fund, it is unusual to obtain a free procedure. Call the NAF Hotline for more information on funding assistance.

The federal government provides Medicaid dollars for abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.  However, some states do cover abortion in their Medicaid programs.

Although several states ban abortion coverage in some or all private insurance plans, about half the states do not have a ban. A few states even require private insurance coverage of abortion care. Contact your insurance company to find out if you are covered and ask for referrals to providers who accept your plan

At this time, military health plans cover abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

There are many other local funds across the country that may provide help with the cost of your procedure, travel, lodging, child care, doula, and translation services. Many local funds are small and run by volunteers, and each fund is different. If you are interested in finding local funds in your area, please visit the National Network of Abortion Funds.

In most cases your valid health insurance will cover the cost of abortion care in your home province or territory. There may be some exceptions when accessing an abortion in a different province or territory. New Brunswick health insurance currently only pays for abortion care in a hospital setting.

Abortion Laws

Yes. Abortion is legal in the United States and Canada.

Your parents, partner, or friends may help you make important decisions and they may influence your feelings about having an abortion. However, the decision to have an abortion is yours. If you are feeling pressure to have an abortion, you can call the NAF Hotline or talk to clinic staff about your concerns.

If you are under a certain age, such as 18 years, and not emancipated, some states require the abortion provider to involve one or more of your parents/guardians. Typically, the abortion provider must either notify them of the abortion or ensure that they consent to the abortion. If you are NOT able to have that involvement by one or more of your parents/guardians, you can use a process known as a "judicial bypass."

For more information about restrictions in the state where you are seeking abortion care, including the judicial bypass process, contact our Hotline at 1-800-772-9100. You can also find information on your state’s laws here.

If you are under a certain age, such as 18 years, and not emancipated, some states require the abortion provider to involve one or more of your parents/guardians. Typically, the abortion provider must either notify them of the abortion or ensure that they consent to the abortion. If you are NOT able to have that involvement by one or more of your parents/guardians, you can use a process known as a "judicial bypass."

For more information about restrictions in the state where you are seeking abortion care, including the judicial bypass process, contact our Hotline at 1-800-772-9100. You can also find information on your state’s laws here.

No. The Supreme Court has ruled that requiring a spouse’s consent in order to have an abortion is unconstitutional. You may decide to tell your husband or partner, but the clinic will not contact them.

Yes. The provider will require proof of identity, but your citizenship is irrelevant. Immigration Services will not be notified.

Yes. State laws, a person’s individual medical circumstances, and the availability of providers can all impact the accessibility of abortion care. Call the NAF Hotline Referral line 1-877-257-0012 for more information on the gestational limits in your state or for help finding a provider.

Safety of Abortion

According to the best medical evidence available, abortion is safer than getting a dental procedure or cosmetic surgery, and much safer than childbirth. According to that evidence, in the United States, a woman is about 15 to 25 times more likely to die in childbirth than she is during an abortion.

There is some discomfort associated with both medication and suction/aspiration abortion, as with most medical procedures. Most patients describe it as uncomfortable but bearable cramping. Most early abortion procedures last between five - 10 minutes.

According to the best medical evidence, abortion is extremely safe in terms of a person’s ability to get pregnant again in the future. In fact, fertility often returns quickly after an abortion. If a person wants to delay pregnancy, they should use a reliable method of birth control starting immediately after an abortion.

After recovery from an abortion without complications, there will be no physical sign of your choice. It's important to give an honest and complete medical history to any trusted health care provider, but your future doctors will not be able to tell that you have had an abortion unless you tell them.

In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute convened a symposium of more than 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and the risk of breast cancer. They concluded that having an abortion does not increase a person’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. A summary of their findings can be found on the American Cancer Society website.

People decide to have an abortion after concluding that it is the right choice for themselves and their lives. According to the best evidence, if you ask people who had an abortion five years later whether abortion was the right choice, over 99% of them will say that it was [1]. The story that women regret their abortions is one that is mostly made up by people who are against abortion.

 

[1] Rocca, C.H., Samari, G., Foster, D.G., Gould, H. and K. Kimport. Emotions and decision rightness over five years following an abortion: an examination of decision difficulty and abortion stigma. Soc Sci Med, 2020. 248:112704.

It is possible to get pregnant right after an abortion, even before you have had a period. To prevent a pregnancy, talk to your provider about birth control methods that you can use immediately after an abortion.

Accessing Abortion

Most abortion providers require patients to make an appointment. You should call the clinic to see if you need an appointment. You can find a provider here.

Trying to end a pregnancy by self-aborting using unproven methods can be dangerous to your life, health, and ability to have children in the future. Call the NAF Hotline at 1-800-772-9100 for help and to learn about safe options for ending a pregnancy.

Some private physicians’ offices provide abortion care so you should check with your practitioner’s office to see if they do. If they do not offer abortion care, call the NAF Hotline for assistance in finding an abortion provider.

There are several ways to find a clinic. You can call NAF Hotline Referral line at 1-877-257-0012 or use our provider map.

Pregnancy decisions are yours and you can change your mind. If you would like to talk to someone about your decision, call the NAF Referral Line at 1-877-257-0012 or speak to a health care professional at the clinic.

 

Medication and suction/aspiration abortion are both safe and effective methods to end a pregnancy. Neither is better than the other although some patients might have medical conditions that will result in a provider recommending one procedure over the other. The process involved in each method is different and some patients prefer one over the other based on their own preferences, timing, and circumstances. You can see a comparison of abortion procedures here.

Yes. The morning-after pill (also known as Emergency Contraception, EC, Preven, or Plan B) prevents pregnancy and does not cause an abortion. It prevents fertilization of an egg or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterine wall. The abortion pill (also known as RU-486, medical/medication abortion, Mifeprex®, or mifepristone) terminates an already established pregnancy when used in combination with another medication.

Many religious and spiritual organizations respect a person’s right to choose and are pro-choice because of their religious beliefs. For more information, visit the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Faith Aloud, or Catholics for Choice.

People who have abortions come from all walks of life. Some of them got pregnant while using birth control. Some are survivors of sexual assault. They are all ages and all races.

People get pregnant under a variety of circumstances and each has different reasons for having an abortion.

Demographics of U.S. Abortion Patients

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