Update May 2, 2022
Abortion is legal. It's your right. But a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion confirms our worst fears: that the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade. But as of today, abortion remains your constitutional right.
What’s going on with abortion laws in the U.S.?
Abortion is legal in the U.S. because of a 1973 Supreme Court decision called Roe v. Wade. This decision meant states couldn’t ban abortion. But since then, states have passed more than 1,300 laws and restrictions that make it harder and more expensive to get an abortion. So, abortion is already out of reach for many people.
This spring/summer, the Supreme Court is deciding a case that could end the constitutional right to abortion. This would potentially allow states to have even harsher laws or make abortion illegal — and, in fact, some states are already severely restricting abortion now. This can make it confusing to figure out if, when, and how you can get an abortion.
How can I get an abortion?
If you already have an appointment and need help paying for your abortion, transportation, or other financial needs to get to your appointment, please contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center to find out about financial help they may be able to provide. If they can’t get you all the help you need, you can also visit AbortionFunds.org.
Abortion types: in-clinic abortion and abortion pills
There are two ways of ending a pregnancy: in-clinic abortion and abortion pills. Both are safe and effective. You can get either option from Planned Parenthood health centers and other health centers. Depending on what state you live in, you may be able to have a video or phone visit with a doctor or nurse for the abortion pill and then have the pills mailed to you.
Finding and taking abortion pills to end a pregnancy outside of the health care system is called “self-managed abortion.” Legal abortion provided by a doctor or nurse is the most effective and best-studied way to have an abortion in the U.S., and decades of research show that it’s extremely safe and effective. While self-managed abortion hasn’t been studied as much, there are safe and effective ways to self-manage abortion with pills.
However, in the U.S. it’s illegal to give or get the abortion pills without a prescription. There are potential legal risks to buying abortion pills outside of the health care system. Plan C* has more information about the difference between getting an abortion from a doctor or nurse, like the staff at your local Planned Parenthood, and a self-managed abortion, including legal considerations.
What else do I need to know?
It’s important to be aware of fake health centers — also known as crisis pregnancy centers — which may advertise pregnancy counseling but don’t provide abortion and won’t give you factual information about your options. All the providers on AbortionFinder.org are real.
Remember: if you need an abortion, Planned Parenthood staff can answer your questions, determine how far along your pregnancy is, and help you get the care you need.
We’ll keep providing updates as the situation unfolds. And know this: Planned Parenthood is here for you. We’ll continue to provide quality, essential health care and education, and we’ll never stop fighting for your right to access the care you need.
*NOTE: Planned Parenthood is not responsible for nor does it endorse any legal, medical, or other advice or information provided by any of the entities identified or referenced herein or by any other third parties, whether referenced herein or not.