The Reverend J. Paschall Davis, for whom the Fund is named, believed passionately that every woman, regardless of circumstance, should be able to access safe and legal abortion services. Reverend Davis was an Episcopal priest who was an early reproductive rights advocate in Nashville and the husband of one of the women instrumental in founding Planned Parenthood in Tennessee, Evelyn Ames Davis.
The J. Paschall Davis Fund is a donor-supported resource that provides financial assistance to insure access to abortion, including no-interest loans to assist women whose limited resources prohibit their access, especially those in crisis. This fund and loan program is supported entirely by individual donations, grants from private foundations, and patient reimbursements whenever possible. Our health center staff screen patients based on need to offer financial assistance via this fund. When access to services are provided, and sometimes loans are granted to women who have met the criteria established by the agency, women who receive assistance are asked to repay their loan if at all possible so that other women might also benefit. It is utilized continually until funds are depleted due to services provided, or outstanding loan balances and non re-payments.
Click below to read an excerpt from "My Changed Views on Abortion" by Rev. J. Paschall Davis.