Trust Women Foundation is a leading pro-choice and reproductive justice nonprofit based in Wichita, Kansas.
Trust Women opens clinics that provide abortion care in underserved communities so that all women can make their own decisions about their health care.
Even though Roe v. Wade still stands and abortions remain legal, women must have access to abortion providers to truly make reproductive decisions for themselves.
Lack of access is a serious problem for women living in the Midwest and South. Nearly 96 percent of counties in the Midwest and South have no abortion provider compared with 80 percent of counties in the rest of the country. More important, almost half of women in the Midwest and South live in those counties, again compared with a national average of 34 percent of women in counties without an abortion provider.
In April 2013, Trust Women opened Trust Women South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, Kansas, in the same building where Dr. George Tiller once practiced. Dr. Tiller was assassinated in 2009 and at that time had been Wichita’s sole abortion provider. In September 2016, Trust Women opened the first abortion-providing clinic in Oklahoma in more than 40 years in Oklahoma City.
Since opening, we have dealt with regular protests, multiple false complaints from anti-choice organizations to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and had 18 vendors refuse to contract with us because of our work. Despite these obstacles, we remain committed to helping women and providing them with high-quality health care. Trust Women has the experience and the know-how to navigate hostile environments and oppressive policies to open clinics in underserved communities.
A Message from Our Founder and CEO, Julie A. Burkhart
For 30 years, Dr. George Tiller kept the doors of his clinic, Women’s Health Care Services, open despite constant harassment from anti-choice activists and politicians and routine violence from anti-choice terrorists. I worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years and witnessed daily his compassion and commitment to the women he served. I founded Trust Women to honor his commitment and continue his work. Trust Women is committed to protecting — through direct services, communications and advocacy — the rights of pregnant people everywhere, especially in Midwestern and Southern states.