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

Ever since the passage of S.B.8, AKA the Texas Abortion Ban, the National Women’s Health Network has been flooded with variations of this question.

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.

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 healthcare.

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 like Texas where abortion is virtually illegal. Read on for the NWHN’s go-to list of trusted providers and resources on abortion.

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

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

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.

We hope this information is helpful as you navigate the new restrictions on  abortion in your states. If, like us, you believe these restrictions are unconscionable and a clear attack on women’s health, visit https://map.womensmarch.com/ to find out how you can mobilize to  defend reproductive rights this October 2nd, 2021 and beyond. There are over 500 planned actions across the United States. If you want to be part of a  historic effort to ensure women’s healthcare, access and equity,  join us by registering for one today.

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