Hey Auntie, where can I get an abortion?
Hey there. Thanks for writing in.
The certainty of your question leads me to believe that you have spent some time contemplating your decision.
When you make an appointment with a health care provider, some general things will happen. They will likely discuss your three options: parenting, adoption, and abortion. Only you can decide what to do, but it can be helpful to talk about it with someone you trust before you go in. If you need more information your health care provider can help you talk through your options.
If you do decide on an abortion, your health care provider will talk to you about two options you might have:
- The Abortion Pill uses 2 medicines to end a pregnancy. The first medicine is taken at the clinic, along with antibiotics. The second medicine is taken at home 24-48 hours after taking the first medicine. More than half of women abort within four or five hours after taking the second medicine. For others, it can take longer. But most women abort within a few days. The “Abortion Pill” can be used up to 10 weeks after the first day of the last period. Nationwide, it can cost up to $800, but it often costs less. Costs may be more or less depending on whatever additional tests, visits, or exams are needed.
- There are two kinds of In-Clinic Abortions :
- Aspiration – is usually used up to 16 weeks after a woman’s last period. An aspiration procedure takes about 5 to 10 minutes. But more time may be needed to prepare your cervix. Time is also needed for talking with your provider about the procedure, a physical exam, reading and signing forms, and a recovery period of about one hour.
- D&E (dilation and evacuation) – is usually performed later than 16 weeks after a woman’s last period. A D&E usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes. But more time may be needed for the same reasons as with the aspiration method. Depending on where you live in the U.S., it can sometimes be difficult to find a health care provider who performs abortions after the first trimester. If you’re having trouble, you can call The National Abortion Federation at 1-877-257-0012. Please keep in mind that after about 24 weeks of pregnancy, abortions are usually performed only for serious health reasons.
- Nationwide, both in-clinic abortion procedures can cost up to $1,500 in the first trimester, but it’s often less. The cost is usually more for a second-trimester abortion. Costs can vary depending on how long you’ve been pregnant and where you go. Hospitals generally cost more.
If you are under 18, your state may require one or both of your parents to give permission for your abortion or may be told of your decision prior to the abortion. However, in most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements. Learn more about parental consent for abortion for your State at Planned Parenthood.org.
To find a clinic near you, Planned Parenthood has a zip code locator. Or you can text “NATIVE” to 774636 or call 1-800- 230-PLAN.
Your health care provider will instruct you to come in for a follow-up, usually within 1-2 weeks. This is the time to discuss any physical or emotional issues you experience. Everyone responds differently after an abortion. No matter how you feel physically or emotionally, you will need to look after yourself.
If you have questions about how you or your partner are feeling, please call:
- Planned Parenthood at 1-800-230-7526 or text “NATIVE” to 774636
- Connect & Breathe, an after-abortion nonjudgmental talkline, at 1-866-647-1764.
- Backline – Can connect you with community resources, information, and confidential support.
Surround yourself with people you love and trust and be kind to yourself.