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Planned Parenthood

St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri

Reproductive Health Services

At Reproductive Health Services, we care about women and are committed to their right to choose safe, legal abortion at a reasonable cost, in a supportive and confidential setting. Our physicians are Board Certified Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology.Licensed counselors and educators provide the highest quality of support from the first moment a woman calls and throughout the entire day of the procedure.

Call (314) 531-7526 to speak to one of our counselors.

Special Instructions for Patients on Procedure Day

Counseling and Education

Counseling and education are available to all women and their families before and after an abortion.We:

  • Assist women in understanding the impact of a pregnancy on her current life situation.
  • Help identify and explore all options available so that she can make the best possible decision.
  • Offer the opportunity to get additional counseling through referral to other agencies.
  • Educate women regarding their reproductive health care, birth control methods, pre-natal care, and other related health issues.

For women living outside of the St. Louis area, counseling and education are available by phone at 1-800-419-0301.

Commonly asked questions about Missouri Law regarding abortion

When is it legal to have an abortion in Missouri?

Abortion is legal in Missouri up to21 weeks and6 days after a woman's last menstrual period. After this point abortion is against the law unless the woman's life or health is threatened.

Is there a mandatory waiting period before I can have an abortion?

Yes. Missouri law requires every woman to obtain informed consent about her procedure at least 24 hours before the procedure.

Does my boyfriend/husband have any legal say in my decision regarding a pregnancy?

No. Under Missouri law your husband or boyfriend cannot interfere with your decision regarding a pregnancy. However, you may find that your partner can give you much needed support while you are making a decision. Our counselors can assist you in talking with your partner if you need assistance in doing so.

If I'm Medicaid eligible, can I have my abortion paid for?

Maybe. In Missouri, Medicaid will only pay for abortion in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. If you think you qualify for payment under Medicaid, contact your Medicaid provider.

Can health care providers (doctors, hospitals, nurses, clinics) refuse to perform abortions or even refuse to give me information about them?

Yes. Missouri law allows individuals and institutions that object to abortion for religious or moral reasons to refuse to perform them. In addition, they do not have to give you information or referrals.

Does Missouri state law require parental consent?

Yes. In Missouri, the consent of a parent, legal guardian, or Judge is necessary for minors who are 17 years or younger to obtain an abortion. A parent or legal guardian must accompany a minor on the day of the procedure.

 

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