We provide logistical support for abortion care patients. (If you are need of abortion funding, please go here for more information.)
Practical support is available if you are:
- A person living in Maryland getting abortion care in and around Maryland; or
- A person traveling to Maryland to get abortion care from another state.
And you need assistance with:
- Transportation to and from your abortion care appointment; and/or
- Lodging to access an abortion care appointment.
- Translation assistance
- Other assistance may be available, please reach out and ask.
Please leave us a voicemail with your:
- Phone Number
- Zip Code
- Appointment Date
- Clinic Name
- Whether it is safe to leave a voicemail message or send a text
If you do not have access to a phone, it is unsafe for you to call, or email is more accessible for you, please email us at [email protected]. Phone is our preferred method whenever possible, but our priority is getting you the support you need.
Someone from our resource coordination team will follow up within 24-48 hours. We request at least 1-2 days notice, but will try our best to accommodate all inquiries.
Are your services free?
Yes, all of our services are free. We won’t ever ask you to pay for a ride or for any other services that we have agreed to provide to you. We do sometimes require a participant to provide their own credit/debit card for hotel incidentals; we are willing to work with you if that is not something you have access to.
Can people outside of Maryland get support?
We provide support to people from Maryland seeking abortion care and people coming to Maryland seeking abortion care. For example, if you are from West Virginia and need lodging for an appointment at a clinic located in Maryland, we are here to help!
How much notice do you need in order to provide support?
We encourage you to call us as soon as you schedule your appointment. At a minimum, we ask that you do your best to give us at least 1-2 days notice if you need a ride and/or a place to stay. We cannot guarantee service if you call us on the same day of your appointment but we will do our best.
Why does the phone go to voicemail when I call?
Our line is a “warm line” meaning we don’t have people available to answer the phone but we will get back to you within 24 - 48 hours of your call. The voicemail inbox is only accessible to a few people in order to keep the line as secure as possible.
What clinics do you work with?
BAF is currently partnering with a small group of clinics in and around Maryland. We look forward to growing this list as we grow our volunteer base. Right now, those clinics are:
- CARE in Bethesda, Maryland
- Potomac Family Planning Center in Rockville, Maryland
- Whole Women’s Health in Baltimore, Maryland
- Dupont Clinic in Washington, DC
- Hillcrest Clinic in Baltimore, Maryland
- Gynemed Surgical Center in Rosedale, Maryland
Please still reach out to us if you are going to a clinic that is not on this list as we may still be able to help.
How will you maintain confidentiality? I don’t want anyone to know I’m having an abortion.
All of your information is kept confidential, only staff and the BAF Board have access to it. All of our transportation options are staff, volunteer, or rideshare vehicles that are unmarked. To everyone else, it will look like you are getting into an Uber/Lyft.
What kind of training do your volunteers receive?
Volunteers complete a phone interview, background check, and a 4-hour training.
Do I need an appointment before calling?
You do not need an appointment before calling; you will need to have one set up before we can coordinate logistics. If you are unsure of which clinic to call or how to set up an appointment, we can support you with a referral.
What is the best time to call BAF Practical Support?
BAF Practical Support operates a warmline; there is no good or bad time to call. You can call at any time and leave a message. Our Practical Support Manager monitors the warmline Monday - Friday. Weekends are limited; we can only respond to urgent requests or Monday appointments.