WEN clients are referred to WEN by social service agencies, schools, shelters, religious institutions, family and friends, among others. In some cases, women and girls find WEN by searching on the Internet. In every case, women who request assistance to terminate a pregnancy are assessed based on financial need to determine their eligibility for WEN funding. Funding is allotted to each client based on her personal circumstance and the cost of her care. In almost all cases, clients are expected to partially cover the expense of their abortion.
Who are WEN clients? In 2014:
However, WEN clients are more than just statistics. Following is a sampling of their stories (all names have been changed to protect client confidentiality):
Lilly is 15 years old, on Medicaid and a full-time high school student. She became pregnant as the result of a sexual assault. The police were contacted and were onsite to collect DNA evidence when her pregnancy was terminated. She was supported by her mother.
Stacey is 43 years old and raising her teenage son alone. She is still struggling to recover from the loss of her home and car in 2003 and the more recent loss of her mother. Crime and violence make life in public housing stressful for Stacey and her son, who is preparing to begin college. Stacey enrolled in a nursing program, which she sees as a way out of her current job, where she is barely making ends meet. Stacey needed WEN’s assistance to deal with her unplanned pregnancy.
Jessica is 19 years old, unemployed and has one child. Shortly after entering a domestic violence shelter, she discovered that she was pregnant. With WEN’s assistance, Jessica was able to terminate her pregnancy and continue her efforts to break ties with her abuser.
Amanda is 18 years old and unemployed. She and her boyfriend live with Amanda’s mother in a 2-bedroom apartment that houses 7 other people. Her mother is the only person that is employed and able to support the household. Amanda’s financial distress led her to consider prostitution and suicide, before approaching WEN for assistance in terminating her pregnancy.
Gaby is 30 years old, unemployed and on Medicaid and food stamps with one child. She was taking oral contraceptives that failed. She is in the process of separating from her husband, and this was not the right time for her to become a mother again. Thanks to donor support, Gaby was able to make that choice.
At 17 years old, Mina was reeling from the loss of her father when she learned that she was pregnant. Her pregnancy was ectopic, and therefore, could not continue to term. With WEN’s assistance, Mina now feels able to finish high school and get her life back on track.
Trina is 28 years old, on Medicaid and homeless. She already has 3 children and was using condoms to avoid another pregnancy, but the condom failed. She is already in poor health and unable to care for another child. WEN assistance helped to protect Trina’s health and well-being.
mission & vision
That every woman, regardless of means, has the right and ability to choose if and when she becomes a mother.
WEN is supported by a combination of private foundations and individual donors. Learn more about who makes WEN's work possible.