Since You Asked – Abortion is difficult to access in my state. What are my options?

Key Update: On May 2nd, 2022, Politico leaked a draft Supreme Court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that explicitly overturns Roe v. Wade and abortion rights. This leaked opinion is horrifying, unprecedented, and the first of its kind in modern court history. However, as of today, abortion is still legal, it is still a constitutionally protected right. Read on for an up-to-date roundup of abortion access resources. And if you'd like to know more about what we're doing to fight for Roe, read our full statement on the leak here.

First, let us make a few things crystal clear:

We are here for you. The NWHN understands that the decision about whether, when, or how to become a parent is one of the most important life decisions a person can make. We strongly believe that every person should be able to make decisions about pregnancy, including the decision to have an abortion, free from fear and restrictions that politicians use to shame and control them. We also know that restrictions on abortion fall hardest on Black and Indigenous people, other people of color, immigrants, low-income people, and LGBTQ people. Ensuring that all people have access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion care, is an essential part of addressing racial injustice and other inequities in our health care system and building a more just and equitable society.

You are not alone. According to the Guttmacher Institute, nearly one in four pregnant people in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45. This virtually guarantees that someone you know – a sister, a cousin, a friend, a coworker – has had or will have an abortion. It also means that if you are ever in the position where you are seeking an abortion, you are one of thousands of people needing  normal, routine health care.

You have options. If you or someone you know is pregnant and does not want to be, there are resources available to you – even if you live in a state where abortion is virtually illegal, or face significant economic, transportation, or social barriers to abortion care. Read on for the NWHN’s go-to list of trusted providers and resources on abortion.

8 Resources for Help with Access to Abortion Services, Including Low or No-Cost Services

The NWHN's Consumer Health Information on Abortion Methods and Access 
Medication abortion is the method of safely and effectively inducing a miscarriage using FDA-approved abortion pills. Medication abortion can be used to end a pregnancy up to 10 weeks from the first day of your last period. Check out our consumer health information to learn everything you need to know about the risks and benefits of medication abortion and related topics. Here are some featured resources:

Plan C
A group of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists, and digital strategists work to make the abortion pill, (AKA safe, legal medication abortion) accessible to all women. Visit their website to access safe abortion pills online, and to get accurate, up-to-date, state-specific information on topics like:
- The cost of abortion pills and financial aid options
- How abortion pills work
- How to get abortion pills by mail
- How to find abortion providers

Aidaccess.org
Aid Access supports people who are less than 10 weeks pregnant access abortion treatment by providing online consultation for abortion pills by mail. They offer sliding scale pricing, complete confidentiality, and rapid services. Aid Access is the private initiative of Dr Rebecca Gomperts, and consists of committed team of doctors, activists and advocates for abortion rights. The purpose of the website and the service is to create social justice and improve the health status and human rights of women who do not have the possibility of accessing local abortion services.

The Miscarriage + Abortion Hotline
Run by pro-choice doctors with years of experience caring for miscarriage and abortion. These doctors volunteer their time to provide expert advice on self-managing abortion, accessing resources, and more. The hotline can be accessed by either phone or text message, and the website has reputable, downloadable resources from partner organizations on how to access abortion services.

Abortion Finder
AbortionFinder.org provides clear, up-to-date information about the availability of abortion care across the country. Their directory houses information on over 750 trusted and verified health centers. You can locate the best one for you by searching by your age, location, and the first day of your last period.

If/When/How: Free Legal Support
If/When/How runs a Repro Legal Helpline to offer direct information about your legal rights and protection regarding self-managed abortion. They provide clear, understandable answers about the law and its applicability to your case.

Abortionfunds.org
The National Network of Abortion funds connects pregnant people with organizations that offer financial and logistical assistance when abortion is needed.

The Bans Off Our Bodies Campaign 
For by-the-minute updates on abortion access demonstrations and educational events near you, bookmark Planned Parenthood's Bans Off Our Bodies campaign home page. Their interactive map alone is an incredible resource.

We hope this information is helpful as you navigate the new restrictions on  abortion in your states.
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