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.
Where can I get the abortion pill?
You can get 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 a number of ways. One method is via telemedicine (also called telehealth), where a patient in one health center visits with a nurse or doctor in another health center via a private and secure video connection. Check out this video for more information.
How much does the abortion pill cost?
The abortion pill can cost up to around $1000, but is often less. The cost of a medication abortion varies and depends on where you get it and whether or not you have health insurance that will cover some or all of the cost.
Your abortion may be free or low cost with health insurance, but some insurance plans don’t cover abortions. You can call your insurance provider directly to find out their policies.
Some government health insurance plans in certain states (like Medicaid) cover abortion, but others do not. And some plans only cover abortion in certain cases. Your local Planned Parenthood health center can give you more information about coverage in your state, or other funds that can help you pay for your abortion. The professionals at Planned Parenthood work to give you the services you need, whether or not you have insurance. Many charge less for services depending on your income. If you’re worried about cost, call your local Planned Parenthood health center to see if 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. All the necessary tests are done at medical facilities close to your home. The abortion pills are then sent to you by mail.
You 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, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, 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.