Illinois — and Chicago specifically — is a travel destination for pregnancy termination in the Midwest. Compared to the surrounding states, Illinois has far few barriers to obtaining safe and skilled abortion care, as it does not subject people to a mandatory waiting period, forced ultrasounds, or misinformed consent. Illinois also has contraceptive equity, allows emergency contraceptives in emergency rooms, participates in stem cell research — and has not made efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
As such, approximately 4,500 people travel to Chicago annually to receive abortion services. The hardships and costs of travel vary, but consider: If a person is struggling to come up with enough money to pay the bare minimum for their procedure, how will they be able to pay for a train ticket, hotel, cabs, and food in an urban city?
The Midwest Access Coalition (MAC) aims to fill this gap. Founded in 2014, MAC has served more than 300 people from 14 states. We have never turned away a request.
Our Mission and Vision
We provide accommodation and support to those who travel to, from, or within the Midwest to access a safe, legal abortion when prohibitive legislation limits access closer to home. We define the Midwest as: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We envision a world in which all people have access to safe, free, legal abortions wherever they live.