2010-2014

WEN was created in response to the ban on Federal funding of abortion services for women who were covered under the Medicaid insurance program.  Since the ban was instituted in 1976, many Government employees were also excluded from covered abortion services.  


While millions of women stand to gain health insurance coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance expansions, many have insurance plans that restrict the circumstances in which abortion services are covered.  This continues to leave many low-income women unable to pay for necessary reproductive healthcare.


Therefore, WEN underwrites the cost of medical or surgical abortion together with lab work, anesthesia and medications, birth control and safe sex counseling and follow-up care.  In the past five years (2010-2014), WEN:


  • Provided 3,950 women and girls subsidized abortion care that they could not otherwise afford.   That is 66 women a month, 15.4 a week or 2.2 every day.
  • Worked through 6 pre-screened partner clinics located in South Florida.
  • Made a free Intrauterine Device (IUD) or Implanon available to each WEN client following a termination, through a grant obtained by one of its partner clinics.

WEN is a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), a membership organization of roughly 90 funds across the United States that provide women-in-need financial assistance to terminate a pregnancy.  WEN is the only local organization assisting women in South Florida.  You can learn more about NNAF by clicking here.


  1. 1973 -  Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, and women in the U.S. were granted the right to choose abortion.
  2. 1976 - The Hyde Amendment is passed eliminating Federal funding of abortion under the Medicaid program.  More bans for government employees soon followed.
  3. 1989 - WEN is founded to protect the right of low-income women in South Florida to choose abortion, by providing them financial assistance to terminate a pregnancy.
  4. 1993 - Abortion funds from across the country united to create the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF).
  5. 231 provisions were enacted across the U.S. to restrict abortion access.

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women's emergency network's work

supporters

WEN is supported by a combination of private foundations and individual donors.  Learn more about who makes WEN's work possible.


clients

WEN clients are referred by social service agencies, schools, shelters, religious institutions, family and friends.  Learn more about who WEN serves.


mission & vision

Shouldn't every woman, regardless of means, have the right and ability to choose if and when she becomes a mother?


History of abortion access