Texas Equal Access Fund provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice.
What We Believe
Texas Equal Access Fund believes that the right to reproductive choice is denied when people are unable to access abortion services. Restrictions on abortion access and funding are discriminatory because they especially burden people with low incomes, young people, people in rural areas, and people of color. We oppose all efforts to restrict abortion rights and are committed to fighting for access to abortion for all. We believe that abortion is a fundamental feature of health care, and that it is the responsibility of government to cover abortion as part of social safety net programs. However, in the absence of government funding, we believe it is our duty to act now to support those who want abortions and cannot afford them.
The People We Serve
TEA Fund provides financial assistance to people living in northern Texas who want an abortion and cannot afford it. The people we support through the process are anywhere between 11 and 44 years old. Seventy percent of our clients are already parenting at least one child and 70% of the people we fund are people of color. Because we fund East Texas and the Panhandle, quite a few of our callers are from rural communities and have to travel to access abortion. Some are high school or college students. Some have Medicaid, others have private insurance, and some have no health care coverage at all. All are facing financial barriers to abortion access.
How We Work
Most of our referrals come from the abortion providers we work with. We do receive some referrals from our website or from other assistance agencies in the area. The person who needs our help calls our helpline and leaves a message, and one of our volunteers returns their call within 24 hours. We discuss the caller’s financial situation and our ability to help. We do not provide options counseling, although we can refer the caller to resources that do. We do not pay the full cost of an abortion; usually our grants are an average of $300. This amount is paid directly to the clinic, after the client has received the procedure.
TEA Fund is a 501c3 non-profit volunteer organization that raises its money through private donations. This cause is particularly difficult to fund because of the political context, so our board of directors works nonstop all year long to raise money through meetings with major donors and foundations, private house parties, benefit shows, yard sales, online and mail appeals, and various events. The TEA Fund has one of the largest budgets of any abortion fund in the nation, but the need in Texas is consistently growing. Join our work.