Abortion in Providence, RI
Providence Health Center offers the following abortion services:
- abortion pill (medication abortion)
- in-clinic abortion
- pre- and post-abortion patient education
- post-abortion follow-up exams
- referrals for other abortion services, as needed
- sedation options (medication to make the abortion more comfortable)
Here's what you need to know about abortion services at this health center:
Abortion Pill (Medication Abortion)
Abortion pill (medication abortion) is offered up to 9 weeks and 6 days after the start of your last menstrual period.
If your last period was more than 9 weeks and 6 days ago, read about our in-clinic abortion services below.
Abortion pill (medication abortion) services are available by appointment only.
Plan to be at the health center for 2-3 hour(s) for your entire abortion pill visit (medication abortion).
You will need to follow up within 1-2 weeks to make sure your abortion is complete and that you are well. In the unlikely event that you are still pregnant, you may need another dose of medication or to have an in-clinic abortion to end the pregnancy.
After your abortion pill visit, you will need access to a telephone, transportation, and backup medical care available to you once you are home.
In-clinic abortion is offered up to 18 weeks and 6 days after the start of your last menstrual period. If your last period was after 18 weeks and 6 days, we can still help. Call us for a referral list of health care providers in your area that offer other abortion services.
In-clinic abortions are available by appointment only.
Plan to be at the health center for 4-5 hour(s) for your entire visit for an in-clinic abortion.
If you desire medication to help make your in-clinic abortion more comfortable, you must have a responsible companion with you to help you get home safely.
If you have asthma, bring an inhaler if you have one.
Other Abortion Services Information
If you take any medications, please continue to take these medications normally before your appointment.
Please do not bring children with you to the health center.
During your visit, you may be given the following:
- pregnancy test
- a chance to speak with a trained staff person about all of your choices: abortion, adoption, and parenting
- a conversation with the health care provider about your health history
- lab tests/blood work
- a pelvic exam
- an ultrasound
- medications to make the abortion more comfortable
- medication if you are Rh negative
- antibiotics or other medications
- birth control information
- a birth control method
At times there may be protesters outside of the health center. We suggest you avoid interaction with them. This health center offers escorts to walk you inside to your appointment.
No food after midnight, including gum and candy.
Financial assistance may be available.
Laws and Regulations
RI St. 23-4.7-6
An abortion shall not be performed upon an unmarried or unemancipated minor unless the consent of both the pregnant woman and at least one of her parents is obtained.
The pregnant minor's parents shall consider only their child's best interests.
If both parents are unavailable to the physician within a reasonable time and in a reasonable manner, consent of the guardian is sufficient.
If neither of her parents nor her guardian agree to consent to the performance of an abortion, or if she elects not to seek the consent of either of her parents/guardian, a judge of the family court shall authorize a physician to perform the abortion if the judge determines that the pregnant minor is mature and capable of giving informed consent to the proposed abortion.
If the judge determines that the pregnant woman is not mature, but that the performance of an abortion would be in her best interests, the judge shall authorize the abortion.
Proceedings in the family court must be confidential. The minor will meet with a counselor to complete paperwork and discuss what will happen in court.
When the paperwork is submitted to the court, a court date will be set.
The counselor will go to court with the minor and meet with the guardian appointed by the court.
The guardian will go over questions the judge will want answered.
After court, the minor will meet with the counselor to make an appointment and go over what happens during the procedure.
If you are a minor considering an abortion, please read about parental consent and notification laws that might apply in your state.
Prices and Payment Information
Please contact this health center for abortion services pricing information.
Payment is expected at time of service unless other arrangements have previously been made.
Abortion services may be covered by your insurance. If you want to use your insurance, please be sure to bring in your insurance information at the time of your visit.