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About us

Who we are

The CAIR Project is a Northwest abortion fund, serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Trained, compassionate volunteer advocates run our toll-free hotline. We help people pay for abortion care--funding is sent directly to the clinic. We help people get to and from the clinic. And we make sure people traveling for care have a place to stay.

The CAIR Project began as a community effort in 1998 in response to an unmet need for abortion funding in the Northwest. We are a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), a membership organization of over 100 funds across the United States. 

Mission

To fund abortion and break down barriers to abortion access for all people in the Northwest.

Vision

We envision a world where:

  • All people have the power and resources to make decisions for themselves about their bodies and lives—including and especially decisions about pregnancy and abortion.
  • All pregnant people are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, regardless of whether they choose abortion, birth, or adoption.  
  • Every child is loved, wanted, and welcomed into families and communities that are safe and economically sound.
  • People’s abortion experiences are safe, legal, affordable, and informed by medically accurate information.
  • People’s abortion care is readily available and accessible in their communities.  
  • Equal access to abortion is guaranteed for all, regardless of economic situation.  

Because the right to choose an abortion is meaningless without access to abortion care.

Values

  • Trust: We believe the people we serve are experts on their own lives, and we trust their decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. We work to build trust with those who seek our support by treating people with unconditional respect, dignity, and compassion, and by ensuring confidentiality.
  • Respect, dignity, and compassion: We treat people with unconditional respect, dignity, and compassion, and support the decisions they make about their bodies, lives, and families. We believe everyone deserves access to high-quality, nonjudgmental reproductive healthcare.  
  • Reproductive justice:  We believe all people should be able to determine if and when to have children, and to raise children in safe and healthy environments, free from violence. We stand in solidarity with the women of color who founded the reproductive justice movement.
  • Autonomy: We believe all people have the right to decide what to do with their own bodies, and that no one should have to carry a pregnancy to term against their will. We affirm the reproductive freedom of all people, including trans and gender nonconforming people.  
  • Racial justice: We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and other organizations working for justice, respect, and dignity for communities of color. We commit to the ongoing work it takes to be an anti-racist organization.
  • Intersectionality: We recognize that unequal access to healthcare, including abortion care, is tied to overlapping forms of discrimination, including sexism, racism, ableism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia. We will work to include the voices of the people we serve in all that we do.

Why abortion funds?

Abortion funds are community-based groups that raise and grant funds locally to help women who otherwise could not afford the cost of safe, legal abortion care. Approximately 170,000 women nationwide need help paying for their abortions each year. 

Even with health insurance that covers abortion services, high deductibles can mean the cost of an abortion falls entirely on the woman. The average cost of a first-trimester abortion in the Pacific Northwest is $650. The monthly income of a full-time, low-wage worker in our region is $1,400.

No matter the political landscape, there will always be women who cannot afford an abortion. Abortion funds are crucial to filling this gap. In 2014, abortion funds across the U.S. raised more than $2.9 million to provide grants supporting abortion access for 21,500 people. 

Fast facts:
Policies affecting abortion access

“I would certainly like to prevent, if I could legally, anybody having an abortion: a rich woman, a middle class woman, or a poor woman. Unfortunately, the only vehicle available is the [Medicaid] bill.”

HENRY HYDE (R-IL), AUTHOR OF THE HYDE AMENDMENT

“The Hyde Amendment is designed to deprive poor and minority women of the constitutional right to choose abortion.”

JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL, HARRIS V. MCRAE, 1980

  • Since 1977, the Hyde Amendment has banned the use of federal funds (Medicaid) for abortions except in extreme circumstances. Abortion is the only medical procedure that has ever been banned from Medicaid.
  • Due to lack of funding, an estimated 18% to 35% of women on Medicaid continue their pregnancies despite wanting an abortion.
  • In 1973, when Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the country, the federal Medicaid program covered abortion as a part of standard medical care. In the first years of legalized abortion, federal Medicaid paid for over one-third of all abortions performed in the U.S. 
  • Today, 15 states—including Washington, Oregon and Alaska—use their state Medicaid funds to cover abortion care; 35 states—including Idaho and the District of Columbia—do not. In states that cover abortion only in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment, Medicaid pays for less than 1% of abortions. In contrast, in states that provide coverage, Medicaid pays for 27%. 
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in millions of women gaining health insurance coverage; however, abortion coverage remains restricted in many plans. Even in plans that cover abortion, high deductibles can mean that people pay for abortion entirely out-of-pocket. 
  • The ACA reinforces the current Hyde Amendment restrictions. The Act specifically prohibits the use of tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments to pay for abortion services beyond those permitted by federal law. States can prohibit plans in a state marketplace from covering any abortions, even if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest or a threat to the pregnant person’s life.

Additional resources

The Guttmacher Institute
All* Above All
National Network of Abortion Funds
Kaiser Family Foundation: Coverage for abortion services and the ACA

By phone

Call our toll-free hotline at 1-888-644-CAIR (1-888-644-2247). We will return your call within 24 hours, Monday – Friday. Please be aware that we return calls from a blocked number and that our volunteers are usually only able to return calls in the evenings. We do not operate the hotline on weekends or holidays.

By email

You can contact us via email at info@cairproject.org. If you need financial help, please call us on the hotline number listed above. Please do not email us if you need financial help, but instead call our hotline and leave a message. We cannot check email daily.

By mail

The CAIR Project
PO Box 17121
Seattle, WA 98127