Elevated Access, a new nonprofit volunteer pilot network, launches with 1,000 volunteers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Elevated Access, a network of volunteer general aviation pilots, launched earlier this year to provide free private flights to those seeking access to abortion and gender-affirming care.

Following the SCOTUS decision to overturn Roe v Wade, the landscape of abortion access has changed dramatically. Many clinics have closed, with fewer appointments available, resulting in delivery times of 3 weeks. Pregnant women may have to travel across states and travel over a thousand miles to get care.

Elevated Access accepts referrals from patient care organizations and flies clients in light aircraft flown by volunteer pilots from any of 3,000 general aviation airports in the United States. The organization recently marked a milestone: the first all-female pilot mission involving seven states and two female solo pilots flying a 1,400-mile stint to transport a client. This pioneering flight is remarkable considering that only 6% of pilots in the United States are women.

From the Executive Director of Elevated Access (employees use pseudonyms to protect privacy)

“We are grateful for the influx of support from across the country and are processing volunteer requests from over 1,000 people, including 850 pilots. We believe in bodily autonomy and the freedom to make private healthcare decisions. Our goal is to make health care more accessible and equitable.

From the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

“RRFP likes this resource as an option for those facing multiple barriers as clients are now traveling further afield for healthcare. Barriers to long-distance travel include not having multiple days off, having no childcare, living far from commercial airports, language barriers, not having reliable vehicles, or having never navigated through an airport before.Recently, the brave pilots of Elevated Access safely transported security a customer from an inhospitable state in Virginia. This trip was this customer’s first flight, and she was grateful to have a multi-day road trip shortened to fast, safe flights.”

About elevated access

Elevated Access, founded in 2022, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides people with free private flights in light aircraft to access abortion and gender-affirming health care. Elevated Access is actively recruiting volunteer pilots to transport customers, vendors and others. Flights are by recommendation only and interested customers should contact their local care organization. For more information, visit www.elevatedaccess.org. Media can email [email protected]

About the Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project

The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project is Virginia’s grassroots abortion fund, providing practical and financial support for abortion services. For more information, visit RRFP.net. RRFP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

About Access to Abortion in the United States

A majority of voters (62%) think abortion should always or mostly be legal (Siena Poll, September 2022)

A majority of voters disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. (Siena probe, September 2022)

26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion (The Guttmacher Institute)

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