SAFE (Safe Abortions for Everyone) was founded in 1990.
A group of 14 concerned Maine women established SAFE as an endowed, tax-exempt, non-profit fund [501(c)(3)] to help women seeking abortions but lacking the ability to pay the costs. The founding mothers raised the initial capital and invested it wisely, to ensure its growth.
The SAFE Board of Directors manages the fund.
The Volunteer Board has about 12 members at any given time, with a variety of backgrounds and skills. Their primary responsibility is to raise money and allocate it carefully, to ensure long-term fund sustainability.
SAFE spends 98% of donations on funding abortions for women in need.
The only paid staff is a part-time bookkeeper. We work with abortion providers in Maine, in New England, and around the country, to ensure that Maine women of limited or no means have access to safe abortion services. MaineCare (Medicaid in Maine) does not pay for abortions. Other women lack private health insurance and savings accounts.
Providers with whom we work screen patients for financial need. When a patient qualifies for help, providers usually discount fees and charge SAFE a pre-set amount. Providers may also call to ask us for extra funding for a patient with especially dire need.
SAFE matters because without access, there is no choice.
The legal right to safe abortion is meaningless without the ability to pay. SAFE exists to make sure all Maine women can exercise their right to choose and to manage their health and well-being.