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You can get the abortion pill from a doctor, nurse, health clinic, or Planned Parenthood health center. You may be able to get the abortion pill for free or low cost.

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Where can I get the abortion pill?

You can get medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) at many Planned Parenthood health centers. Our caring doctors and nurses are experts at providing safe abortion and providing non-judgmental support throughout the process. Even if your local Planned Parenthood does not provide the abortion pill, you can call for more information about where to get it in your area.

When looking for a place to get an abortion, beware of “crisis pregnancy centers.” These fake clinics seem like medical centers that offer abortions or other pregnancy options, but they’re actually run by people who want to scare or shame people out of getting an abortion.

Depending on where you live, there may be age restrictions or waiting periods to get an abortion. You can ask about these when you call your doctor or health center.

Telemedicine for the abortion pill

Planned Parenthood health centers offer medication abortion (AKA the abortion pill) in several ways.  In some states, we can offer medication abortion via telemedicine (also called telehealth), where a patient in one location meets with a health care provider in another location via a private and secure video connection. Check out this video for more information. Depending on the state, some patients may be able to receive medication abortion pills sent directly to your home, without a visit to a health center.

How much does the abortion pill cost?

The cost of a medication abortion (the abortion pill) can vary depending on the state where you receive care and your health insurance (private or government insurance). Your local Planned Parenthood health center can give you more information about the cost of the abortion coverage in your state, or other funds that can help you pay for your abortion. Some things to know:

  • The professionals at Planned Parenthood work to give you the services you need, whether or not you have insurance. Contact your local health center for more information on costs.

  • Your abortion may be free or low-cost with health insurance. Some insurance plans don’t cover abortions. You can call your insurance provider directly to find out their policies. 

  • Some government health insurance plans (like Medicaid) in certain states cover abortion, while others do not. Some plans only cover abortion in certain cases.

If you’re worried about cost, call your local Planned Parenthood health center to see how they can get you health care that you can afford.

 

Participate in a Study on TelAbortion

Planned Parenthood has partnered with Gynuity Health Projects, a research organization, to study the impact of TelAbortion. A TelAbortion involves all the same steps and procedures as an in-person medication abortion, but you don't have to travel to a health center for your abortion. Instead, an abortion provider conducts a video evaluation via a private and secure video connection. The abortion pills are then sent to you by mail.

You can qualify for the TelAbortion research study if you live in one of the Gynuity project states (DC, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Oregon, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, Virginia and Washington) and are pregnant and want a medication abortion.

You'll need to be able to have all the necessary pre-abortion tests, receive the medications, and take the first abortion pill before you're 70 days (10 weeks) along in your pregnancy. To have the video evaluation, you'll need access to a device with an internet connection and a webcam and microphone.

Check out the Gynuity TelAbortion website for more details. 

More questions from patients:

How do I give myself an at-home abortion?

Finding and taking abortion pills to end a pregnancy without the help of a doctor or nurse 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 abortion pills without a prescription. There are potential legal risks of buying abortion pills outside of the health care system, including that in some states patients have been prosecuted.
 
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.

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