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Updated March, 2024

In 2022, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which means some states have banned abortion or created lots of restrictions. But abortion is NOT banned nationwide. Abortion is still legal in many states, and it's legal to go to a different state to get an abortion.

Laws about abortion continue to change. You can find more information about laws in your state and how to get an abortion from your nearest Planned Parenthood health center or AbortionFinder.org.

How late you can get an abortion depends on the laws in your state and which abortion provider you go to. But in general:

  • You can use abortion pills (also called medication abortion) up to 77 days (11 weeks) after the first day of your last period. 
  • You can get an in-clinic abortion until 24 weeks (or later in some cases, for medical reasons). But most abortions happen early in pregnancy, and it can be hard in some places to find an abortion provider who can do an in-clinic abortion after or around 12 weeks into pregnancy. 

There may be things that can delay your abortion, too. If you’re under 18 and live in a state with parental notification laws and need a judicial bypass. Judicial bypass can take on average 2 weeks, but can take even longer. If you live in a state where abortion is illegal, you may have to go to another state to get an abortion and it can take time to arrange travel. And because some states have banned abortion, there may be longer wait times for an appointment in the states where abortion is still legal.

So if you're pregnant and need an abortion, it's important to take action right away. You can contact your nearest Planned Parenthood Health Center or visit AbortionFinder.org to find an abortion provider and get information about the laws in your state and all of your options. They can also connect you with resources that may be able to help you arrange and pay for transportation, lodging, childcare, and other costs if you have to travel to get an abortion.

When you're looking for a place to get an abortion, beware of “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs). These are places that say they offer abortion or other pregnancy services, but they’re actually run by people who want to scare or pressure people out of getting an abortion. They don’t provide abortion or give you accurate information about your pregnancy options. And most crisis pregnancy centers aren’t legitimate medical clinics, so they don’t have to follow HIPAA and keep your information private, like most nurses and doctors are legally required to do. Planned Parenthood or AbortionFinder.org can help you find a trustworthy health care provider.

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