Our story

The mission of Abortion Fund of Ohio is simple – to connect those needing abortion to financial assistance so they can afford their reproductive choice. And just as importantly, it allows them to access that choice with dignity. Our current system tells those seeking abortion services, implicitly and explicitly, that if they cannot afford their choice, they do not deserve to have one. As supporters of Abortion Fund of Ohio, you’re not just providing financial assistance, but you are telling those in need that they deserve this support.

Who We Serve

Some of the patients we serve are single parents struggling to support their children, many are students determined to complete their education, while others are facing debilitating conditions such as domestic violence, illness, substance abuse, rape, or incest. All deserve to make their own reproductive choices, without jeopardizing their health or future. You can learn more about some of the individuals we’ve helped on our Stories page.

Why Support Us

The cost of a first trimester abortion can be more than a low-income family lives on in a month. Ohioans forgo food, risk eviction, and pawn their possessions as they attempt to raise money for an abortion. Some are forced to continue the pregnancy, abandon their education, and stay trapped in poverty. On average, an individual woman receives about $100 from Abortion Fund of Ohio. Many folks who receive AFO funds have managed to save almost enough money to pay for their abortion costs on their own but just need a bit more—just $10 or $20—to cover the total.

While we receive grants from national foundations, most of our resources come from individual donors. Your donation can make all the difference by allowing people to afford the reproductive health care they desperately need. Every donation to AFO, no matter how small, has a tremendous impact on a woman’s life.

Our donations have ranged from $2 to $10,000. Every one of them matters. Every one of them changed the life of a woman. Donate now to support our work and help a woman afford her reproductive choice.

Honoring our founder


Emily Rutherford founded this organization more than 20 years ago. To share our organization’s story, we created a short video about this history of Abortion Fund of Ohio (formerly Women Have Options/WHO/O) to honor Emily and our founders.