When Alabama passed its law effectively outlawing abortion at every stage of pregnancy, and even in cases of rape or incest, my Facebook and Twitter feeds quickly found a way to fight back: give to the Yellowhammer Fund, an organization that provides financial support to women seeking abortions in the state.

Yes! The Yellowhammer Fund! It even sounds angry.

But does it help?

I’m not questioning whether it helps individual women and girls. The Yellowhammer Fund (named for the state bird, a variety of woodpecker) is a member of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which has been helping women access abortion services for more than 25 years.