An abortion fund organization in Washington, D.C., has received a massive surge in donations since a report leaked that the Supreme Court may overturn nationwide abortion rights.

Donations began flooding to the D.C. Abortion Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to women who are seeking to receive an abortion but cannot afford the procedure, just hours after Politico leaked a report that the court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The fund had raised $105,179 from individual donors by Wednesday morning — less than 48 hours after the draft decision was published.

“D.C. Abortion Fund is disheartened but not surprised at the Supreme Court's plans to overturn Roe v. Wade,” Devin Simpson, communications director for DCAF, told the Washington Examiner. Roe v. Wade has never been enough to ensure safe abortions are accessible for all. The end of Roe v. Wade will only increase the barriers too many marginalized communities already face as they try to access safe reproductive healthcare.”

The leaked report has prompted widespread concerns within the district as lawmakers seek to maintain abortion access despite lacking statehood and with the looming threat that Republicans will regain control of Congress — GOP lawmakers could criminalize abortion in the city if they so choose.


Washington, D.C., has long served as a haven for those seeking access to abortion because district law allows anyone to receive an abortion at any stage of pregnancy, regardless of state of residence. About 81% of abortions funded through DCAF in 2020 went to women who live outside of the district, according to annual data released by the organization.

However, the number of abortion clinics within the nation’s capital has decreased over the last few years despite demand reportedly being on the rise. The majority of women seeking abortion funds from DCAF are from Virginia (51%) and Maryland (16%), with only 19% living in Washington, D.C.

The nonprofit organization is the only one in the district that focuses solely on providing grants to those seeking assistance to afford an abortion. Clinic workers connect prospective patients with case managers who can determine the cost of the procedure, and the DCAF then sends grants directly to the clinic where the abortion is being performed.


“Abortion funds across the country have existed with that in mind for decades,” Simpson said. “While we are disappointed by this news, funds exist to help make accessible abortions a reality for all. DC Abortion Fund is here and will remain here. And we will continue to do what we have done for the last 26 years: fund abortions. Our work has not and will not change.”