The Need

Abortion is only a “choice” for those with the means to get an abortion.

The passage of Roe v. Wade was a huge victory for abortion rights activists, but the passage of the Hyde Amendment in 1976 wasn’t.  The Hyde Amendment bans all federal funds from being used to pay for abortion services.  This means that anyone who gets their healthcare from the U.S. government must may for their abortions out-of-pocket.

Unsurprisingly, the Hyde Amendment makes getting an abortion for low-income people really tough.

The average cost of a first-trimester abortion is $451.  These costs can get even bigger—sometimes going all the way up to $3,000!  Plus, most low-income people live in places far away from an abortion clinic.  For rural, low-income people, getting an can be really difficult, if not impossible.

These statistics become even “realer” when we look in own our “backyard,” Georgia and the Southeast.  In our service area, there are only 90 abortion providers for a population of 17,678,332 self-identified women.  This means there’s only 1 abortion provider per 200,000 women!

When we break down these numbers by state, things look even grimmer:

  • In northeast Georgia, our original service area, 18% of people live in poverty. There are no abortion providers.
  • In Georgia, 16.5% of people live in poverty.  Only 6% of Georgia counties have abortion providers.  57% if Georgian women live in counties without abortion providers.
  • In Alabama, 14.3% of people live in poverty.  Only 7% of Alabama counties have abortion providers.  61% of Alabaman women live in counties without abortion providers.
  • In North Carolina, 16.3% of people live in poverty.  Only 14% of North Carolina counties have abortion providers.  50% of North Carolinian women live in counties without abortion providers.
  • In South Carolina, 17.1% of people live in poverty.  Only 7% of South Carolina counties have abortion providers.  73% of all South Carolinian women live in counties without abortion providers.
  • In Tennessee, 17.1% of people live in poverty.  Only 6% of Tennessee counties have abortion providers.  59% of Tennessean women live in counties

And this is why GRJAN exists.  The right to a legal abortion means little when these statistics exist.  We help people push through economic and geographic barriers to abortion access, making Roe a reality for all in the Southeast.