What is travel support?
Travel costs and logistics can make it difficult to access abortion care. Travel support is help with lodging, transportation, and other practical needs. CAIR provides volunteer-based support for people traveling to, within, and from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
In Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, Medicaid will pay for travel support. CAIR can assist you in arranging for Medicaid to pay for transportation and/or lodging.
CAIR's travel support pledge:
- Our volunteers will provide respectful, compassionate, non-judgemental support during your abortion experience.
- We will match you with trained volunteers who have safe, well-maintained homes and cars.
- We will do everything in our power to ensure that you have all of your needs met, are comfortable, and safe.
What kinds of travel support do you provide?
The CAIR Project offers:
- Assistance in getting travel support through Medicaid in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.
- Homestays with trusted, trained volunteers.
- Safe ground transportation (rides) through trained volunteers.
- Cab fare when volunteers are unavailable.
- Plane, train, and bus fare.
- Referrals to doula (emotional support) resources.
- Volunteer food/meal delivery for people staying in hotels.
- Menstrual pads, over-the-counter pain medicine, spare clothes, heating pads.
- Other types of support as needed/available.
What does volunteer-based support mean?
CAIR offers volunteer-based travel support. This means that we are unable to pay for hotel stays or cab rides unless volunteer support is unavailable.
Volunteer support is better in many ways:
- Volunteers are familiar with the abortion process and can help support you.
- Homestay volunteers have access to resources - food, incidentals, etc. - that are not usually available in a hotel.
- Transportation volunteers are known to your abortion provider and can be trusted to drive you after you've received general anesthesia or sedation.
- Our volunteer network communicates with your abortion provider and your funding team to ensure that your needs are met and you are safe.
What is the CAIR Client Agreement?
CAIR asks all clients receiving travel support to review and agree to the following:
- I will respond to phone calls and/or text messages from The CAIR Project to the best of my ability in a timely manner.
- I will be respectful of volunteers’ time by alerting CAIR in advance if there are changes to my itinerary.
- I understand that if airfare, bus fare, train fare, cabs, or other transportation services or purchased for me, a replacement fare will not be purchased for me if a scheduled flight, bus, train, or cab is missed.
- I will treat any living space CAIR provides (homestay, hotel room, etc.) with respect.
Read the full Client Agreement.
Who can I contact for help with my travel needs?
If you're traveling for abortion care, and need assistance with lodging and/or transportation, the Abortion Access Network may be able to help. To learn more, contact The CAIR Project at 1-888-644-2247 (CAIR) and choose option 3 from the menu.