Everything You Need To Know About Rape Victim Abortion Funding
Being a victim of rape can leave severe consequences on one’s mental health. Victims who get pregnant as a result of rape usually consider having an abortion, but not everyone has enough money to cover the expenses of the procedure.
If you can’t pay for the abortion, you might be wondering whether you qualify for any type of compensation as a rape victim. Abortion funding for low-income women in America is a controversial topic nowadays for multiple reasons, including the Hyde Amendment.
DoNotPay’s guide will give insight into the common issues that rape victims face when it comes to abortions. We will also tell you more about the easiest way to apply for the crime victims compensation program in your state. Register for DoNotPay and rely on us if you need help covering your crime-related costs stress-free!
What Is the Hyde Amendment?
Congress passed the Hyde Amendment in 1976, blocking federal Medicaid—a joint state and federal program that provides health care services to low-income Americans—funding for abortion procedures. This meant that women with modest earnings couldn’t get a free abortion through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.
In theory, victims of rape can get compensation for abortions, but many states still reject their claims. To pay for the procedures, many women need to avoid covering basic necessities—such as electricity—to save enough money for abortions.
There have been numerous petitions dedicated to repealing the Hyde Amendment, but for now, nothing has changed.
Do Medicaid Programs in All States Follow the Federal Model?
While the Hyde Amendment prevents using federal Medicaid funds to cover abortions, it doesn’t ban states from issuing their own funds to meet the costs of abortions.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s research:
- 34 states and the District of Columbia follow the Hyde Amendment restrictions, covering abortions only in certain situations
- 16 states cover medically necessary abortions under Medicaid using their own funds
- One state—South Dakota—has more restrictive rules than the Hyde Amendment
To find out which states follow the federal model and which ones don’t, you can consult the Kaiser Family Foundation website.
What Other Options Do Rape Victims Have?
If you can’t get the abortion costs covered through Medicaid, you can contact the National Network of Abortion Funds and ask them to help you.
The National Network of Abortion Funds has over 80 member organizations that work hard to cover abortion costs for anyone, including rape victims. Some organizations pay for the procedure, others bear other equally important expenses, such as:
- Child care
- Doula services
- Lodging for rape victims who need to travel to get abortions
Need Help Covering Other Crime-Related Costs? Find Out if You Qualify for Crime Victims Compensation!
As a victim of rape, you’re probably dealing with many other issues other than getting an abortion. If you—like most rape victims—suffered physical and emotional injuries, loss of income, and similar, you should check if you qualify for your state’s crime victims compensation (CVC) program.
The purpose of CVC programs is to meet most crime-related expenses that can’t be covered by other collateral sources, including Medicaid, insurance, restitution, and similar. Some of the expenses that most programs consider compensable are:
- Medical exams, treatments, and prescriptions
- Mental health counseling
- Loss of wages and support
- Travel to get medical assistance or attend court proceedings
- Relocation costs
Besides sexual abuse, crime victims compensation programs also cover costs that are a result of other violent crimes, including:
- Receiving annual Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants
- Collecting revenue from offender fines and fees
Crime Victims Compensation Programs—Eligibility Requirements
CVC programs usually have the same basic eligibility requirements. To determine whether or not you qualify for the CVC program in your state, consult the following table:
|You will get compensation for your crime-related expenses if you:
||The program in your state will reject your claim if you:
Violent crime victims aren’t the only eligible claimants. The programs also approve requests of:
- Dependents and family members of victims
- People who are responsible for funeral costs of homicide victims
- Individuals who got injured while trying to help victims or the police
Sign Up for DoNotPay and Apply for Crime Victims Compensation in Five Minutes!
While victims can benefit a lot from applying for the CVC program in their states, the application procedure is usually dreadful and too complicated for most people. That’s why many victims choose not to apply, which is wrong.
DoNotPay has developed a product that can help violent crime victims apply for compensation in less than five minutes.
After you sign in to your DoNotPay account, follow these steps to file your application:
- Open our Compensation for Crime Victims feature
- Tell us whether you’re the victim or another claimant
- Respond to our questions
- Verify your signature
DoNotPay will complete your application and send it to the right office on your behalf. With us, you can even learn how to apply for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund or find out more about emergency and relocation funds for domestic violence victims.
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