Non-profit

National Network of Abortion Funds

Website:

abortionfunds.org/

Location:

Beaverton, OR

Tax ID:

04-3236982

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2019):

Revenue: $10,993,391
Expenses: $6,868,803
Assets: $9,940,705

Type:

Abortion Services

Founded:

1993

Executive Director:

Yamani Hernandez

The National Network of Abortion Funds is an umbrella organization that supports organizations that provide financial assistance to women seeking abortions. The network provides its member partners with training, logistical support, and other resources. [1] As of late 2019, the network claimed 76 abortion funds as part of its network. [2]

History and Mission

The National Network of Abortion Funds was created in 1993 by the merger of 22 abortion funding groups. Until 2003, it was housed for free by Hampshire College in Massachusetts. In 1998, it began receiving grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. [3]

The network’s main mission is to support its members’ technical, logistical, and training needs. [4] Its members are primarily in the United States, with one member in Mexico and at least one member that engages in abortion promotion internationally. [5]

The network supports left-of-center policy positions. They include repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which for 40 years was a bipartisan amendment to federal health care spending to restrict abortion funding; a $15-per-hour minimum wage; repeal of parental notification laws and judicial bypass measures that require a judge’s approval for minors to have abortions without parental consent or notification; and elimination of public funding to pro-life pregnancy resource centers. [6]

The network claims that these measures, if enacted, would eliminate as many barriers as possible for low-income women seeking abortions. The network also views its role as connecting abortion access to other left-of-center policy priorities relating to gender and immigration. [7]

The Network leads an annual National Abortion Access Bowl-a-thon to raise money for itself and its members. [8]

Cultural Change Initiatives

The National Network of Abortion Funds is also involved in a number of cultural change initiatives. “The beauty and power of abortion love” was launched in 2020 as a partnership with the left-of-center advocacy group Forward Together. [9] The network views this initiative as a tool to show love to women by supporting the decision to have an abortion. Opposing abortion, according to the initiative’s main page, shows “stigma,” not love. [10]

“We Testify” is an initiative which aims to tell the stories of women who have had abortions. [11] Short video testimonies are intended to broaden the scope of who is seen as an “expert” on abortion, as well as accomplish the network’s secondary goal of creating a culture where left-of-center views on race, sex, and gender prevail. [12]

“Youth Testify” is a partnership of several groups, including the network, which trains girls and women aged 17-25 to advocate for abortion. Youth Testify leader H.K. Gray testified to Congress in June 2019 that she had a child at 16 years old and wanted an abortion at age 17. Gray told Congress that abortion should be covered by insurance and that parental notification laws interfere with youths’ right to have an abortion. [13]

The network also releases statements about various issues. It declared the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile to be part of “relentless, racist violence,” and in the same statement said that “police brutality” is an affront to bodily autonomy. [14]

The network released a statement in conjunction with the National Partnership for Women and Families which laid out how women seeking abortion can use sick days during visits to an abortionist. [15] The network praised the U.S. Supreme Court for overturning Texas’ abortion center standards in 2016, but said in the statement that societal equality for the poor who seek abortions will not exist “until we have full insurance coverage for abortion.” [16]

Controversies

Willie Parker was a late-term abortionist who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman who worked in the abortion industry. [17] In light of the controversy, the National Network of Abortion Funds released a statement confirming its combining of a fund named for Parker and one named for murdered abortionist George Tiller into a single fund. Like many other abortion groups, the network stood behind Parker’s accuser. [18]

One of the National Network of Abortion Funds’ members is the international abortion group Women on Web. [19] This group specializes in providing abortion-inducing drugs in nations that restrict abortion. In 2016, Women on Web published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that claimed that women in nations affected by the Zika Virus were having more abortions because of the virus’ spread. However, the leader of a group of pro-life obstetricians said the Women on Web study was flawed because it was not peer-reviewed and relied solely on Women on Web’s internal reporting. [20]

2022 Open Letter to President Biden

In 2022, the National Network of Abortion Funds signed an open letter to President Joe Biden thanking him for his ongoing intervention in state abortion policies and urged him to even more intensive action to keep abortion legal and expand access. [21]

Leadership

Yamani Hernandez was the National Network of Abortion Funds’ executive director from 2015 until she departed the group in January 2022. Prior to that, she was in leadership in several abortion advocacy groups, with a special focus on abortion access for adolescents. [22] Hernandez has yet to be replaced as of May 2022. [23]

The network has two board co-chairs, Asha Dane’el and Katherine McGuiness. [24]

Asha Dane’el is a board member for the Texas-based abortion advocacy group Lilith Fund. She has also worked in local and state government on race, trauma, and health care issues. [25]

Katherine McGuiness is former board president of the Northwest Abortion Access Fund with a career in left-leaning social change. [26]

Kamyon Conner is vice-chair of the network and works for two Texas-based sex advocacy organizations. She is executive director of Texas Equal Access Fund, which provides money to women for abortions as part of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She is also vice president of PRIDENTON, which among other LGBT advocacy efforts hosts a Pride event each year. [27]

Financials

The National Network of Abortion Funds‘ budget in 2019 was more than $13.1 million, with nearly $9.5 million in expenses. [28]

The group raised over $500,000 from 18,000 donors in May 2019 after Alabama and Georgia enacted pro-life laws with limited exceptions. The number of donors exceeded the number for all of 2018, according to Hernandez. The group regularly uses news events to raise money, such as former President Donald Trump’s election and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings. [29]

References

  1. “About.” National Network of Abortion Funds. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/about/ ^
  2. “Just released: Fall newsletter 2019.” National Network of Abortion Funds. October 07, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/fall-newsletter-2019/ ^
  3. “National Network of Abortion Funds records.” Smith College Library. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://findingaids.smith.edu/repositories/2/resources/839 ^
  4. “About.” National Network of Abortion Funds. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/about/ ^
  5.  “Find a Fund.” National Network of Abortion Funds. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/#funds ^
  6. “Our political and cultural agenda.” National Network of Abortion Funds. September 30, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/political-cultural-agenda/ ^
  7. “Political education series for individual and abortion fund members.” National Network of Abortion Funds. October 06, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/political_education_series/ ^
  8. O’Brien, Sara Ashley. “Abortion funds band together to sue their cyberattackers.” CNNMoney. March 29, 2018. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://money.cnn.com/2018/03/29/technology/abortion-fundraiser-cyberattack-lawsuit/index.html ^
  9. Forward Together. Accessed May 3, 2022.https://forwardtogether.org/ ^
  10. “The beauty and power of abortion love.” National Network of Abortion Funds. Accessed May 3, 2022.https://abortionfunds.org/the-beauty-and-power-of-abortion-love/ ^
  11. “About.” We Testify. Accessed May 3, 2022.https://wetestify.org/ ^
  12. “Announcing We Testify: Our abortion stories.” National Network of Abortion Funds. August 1, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/announcing-we-testify/ ^
  13. “Youth Testify abortion storyteller testifies before Congress.” National Network of Abortion Funds. June 04, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/youth-testify-abortion-storyteller-testifies-before-congress/ ^
  14. “Relentless, racist violence must end.” National Network of Abortion Funds. July 08, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/racist-violence-must-end/ ^
  15. “Paid sick days and abortion access: Know your rights.” National Network of Abortion Funds. May 1, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022.https://abortionfunds.org/paid-sick-days/ ^
  16. “Statement: Supreme Court decision on WWH v. Hellerstedt.” National Network of Abortion Funds. June 27, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/gamers-of-color-for-abortion-access/ ^
  17. Carter, Dennis. “Reproductive rights groups reckon with sexual misconduct allegation against Dr. Willie Parker.” Rewire.News. March 26, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://rewire.news/article/2019/03/26/reproductive-rights-groups-reckon-with-sexual-misconduct-allegations-against-dr-willie-parker/ ^
  18. “A Statement from the National Network of Abortion Funds Board of Directors.” National Network of Abortion Funds. March 25, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/parker-statement/ ^
  19. “Find a Fund.” National Network of Abortion Funds. Accessed May 3, 2022.https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/#funds ^
  20. Siggins, Dustin. “U.S. taxpayer-funded study: Women are getting more illegal abortions thanks to Zika.” Daily Caller. June 25, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://dailycaller.com/2016/06/25/u-s-taxpayer-funded-study-women-are-getting-more-illegal-abortions-thanks-to-zika/ ^
  21. “SOTU letter final 2.16.22.” Planned Parenthood. February 16, 2022. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/uploads/filer_public/55/7f/557f2372-108e-4242-89cf-a8d3d2073f59/sotu_letter_final_21622_1.pdf ^
  22.  “Meet our new Executive Director, Yamani Hernandez!” National Network of Abortion Funds. March 09, 2015. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/meet-our-new-executive-director-yamani-hernandez/ ^
  23. “Yamani Yansà Hernandez.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/yamaniyansa ^
  24. “Announcing Board Officer Updates!” National Network of Abortion Funds. December 20, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://abortionfunds.org/boardupdate/ ^
  25. “Asha D.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/asha-daneel ^
  26. “Katherine McGuiness.” LinkedIn. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://www.linkedin.com/in/katherine-mcguiness-48763926 ^
  27. “Announcing Board Officer Updates!” National Network of Abortion Funds. December 20, 2019. Accessed May 4, 2022. ^
  28. National Network of Abortion Funds. Return of an Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990). 2020. Accessed May 4, 2022. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/display_990/43236982/04_2021_prefixes_03-04%2F043236982_202006_990_2021042117979388 ^
  29. Gross, Elana Lyn. “David Karp’s $1 million Planned Parenthood gift tops the flood of post-Alabama pro-choice donations.” Forbes. May 21, 2019. Accessed May 3, 2022. https://www.forbes.com/sites/elanagross/2019/05/21/david-karps-1-million-planned-parenthood-gift-tops-the-flood-of-post-alabama-pro-choice-donations/#29168e8f6d79 ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 1994

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2019 Jun Form 990 $10,993,391 $6,868,803 $9,940,705 $1,622,078 N $10,802,446 $0 $160,218 $176,920 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $5,400,901 $4,582,717 $4,931,905 $784,669 N $5,119,965 $0 $99,148 $162,148 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $3,802,066 $3,096,368 $5,193,784 $1,892,425 N $4,172,812 $0 $44,399 $126,488 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $3,083,467 $2,838,770 $3,115,599 $559,226 N $2,998,090 $0 $20,134 $119,297
    2015 Jun Form 990 $1,910,559 $3,916,717 $2,782,981 $471,305 N $1,892,186 $0 $20,133 $123,434 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $5,394,125 $3,444,146 $4,565,497 $247,663 N $5,332,500 $0 $39,079 $100,800 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $2,499,823 $2,299,350 $2,569,532 $201,676 N $2,408,784 $0 $32,595 $95,801 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $2,645,083 $1,385,259 $2,479,281 $311,898 N $2,579,992 $0 $10,886 $91,066 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $884,078 $865,885 $915,106 $19,970 N $805,115 $0 $25,768 $0 PDF

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    National Network of Abortion Funds

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