With 3 non-personally-identifiable pieces of information (that we don’t collect or store), we’re able to give people seeking abortions the information most relevant to their individual circumstances. This means there are a ton of different experiences you could get on ineedana.com.
We show everyone their closest clinics, but if you enter that you’re a minor in a state with parental consent laws, we show you that information too. If you click a button asking saying “How am I going to afford this?,” we show you your state’s Abortion Funds and Practical Support Networks. If you’re under 12-weeks and in a state that allows telemedicine and abortion pills by mail, we show that as an option.
Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to find the information and resources that apply to them, without having to sift through a lot of noise or, worse, misinformation and stigma from anti-abortion organizations.
We partner with organizations like Abortion Care Network, Apiary for Practical Support, and National Network of Abortion Funds. We've been called "Your best starting point" and featured in media like Teen Vogue and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.
We use a combination of computer and people power! Kind of like your favorite search engine, we have computers that comb through the internet and look for changes. We also have many ways for providers, funds, advocates, and patients to let us know when they know something has changed.
See info that is out of date on a clinic, you can let us know by clicking “let us know” on that clinic’s more details page. See how
The site was originally envisioned by a designer and engineer during Wendy Davis’ Filibuster in 2013, one year after their own abortion in Texas.
"In 2012 I called the Planned Parenthood I’d been going to for years and was told they didn’t actually do abortions at that location. So I googled and found some clinics - both real and fake. I used Yelp to figure out which ones were legit. I read every word of every independent clinic’s website that was near me. I chose an independent clinic based on the clarity of their website’s content, how well they broke down the laws that were going to impact me, and the fact they listed prices. They weren’t my closest clinic, but based on their web presence, I was confident they were the best for me.
That’s just a small window into my online abortion experience. I spent hours googling and researching. So years later, pissed off by another round of TRAP laws being legislated, I did what people who build things often do - I started building what I wish I’d had: a simple abortion navigator that aggregated all the things that helped me. I wanted something simple that spoke to me like a peer, not a doctor or lawyer (no offense). I wanted something that filtered all of the information down to just what I needed, from clinics to abortion funds to laws to stories from people like me. I wanted something that could rapidly respond to legislative changes (and as it turns out, global pandemics too).“
Now, we’re (thankfully) a lot bigger than one person and their experience. We’re a small team composed of professional writers, designers, developers, and data analysts. We have clinic-escorts, practical support volunteers, trained abortion doulas, abortion funders, fierce advocates, and former provider staff. We’ve experienced (or supported someone experiencing) how overwhelming trying to find factual and personally relevant information online about how to get an abortion can be.
We build for web accessibility, gender-inclusivity, and constant iteration. We believe strongly in Reproductive Justice as established by SisterSong. We know anti-abortion laws are deeply racist in origin and purposely designed to create barriers to abortion and prevent Black people, indigenous people, people of color, and people with lower incomes from accessing abortion earlier in pregnancy. In order to make abortion accessible, we must dismantle white supremacy and the prison industrial complex.
We know how hard it is to keep clinic information up to date and accurate. We fundamentally believe we’re all better off when we consolidate those efforts. Given that, we’ve partnered with national abortion organizations to give them annual reports on the state of clinics, shared abstracted data with researchers to identify abortion deserts, as well as shared things we don’t post on the site (because they aren’t important to patients) with local funds and practical support orgs. In exchange, we ask for the users of the data to contribute to keeping that information up to date and/or a financial donation to support the ongoing maintenance.
We make these data sharing agreements on a case by case basis. We take great care to make sure we’re working with people who share our values. We will also never share data that we think could put a provider and their people at any kind of risk or that we’ve asked not to or told off the record. If you’re interested in learning more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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