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As of September 1, 2021, the state of Texas has enacted a new abortion restriction. Known as Senate Bill 8 (SB 8), this law limites our ability to provide abortion care in Texas beyond about 6 weeks of pregnancy, and sometimes even earlier. We are fighting this law in court, and we are still here for you.
Q: If this law is in effect, can I still get an abortion?
A: YES. Planned Parenthood is here to provide you with access to health care — no matter what. We can determine if you are within the new legal limit to provide care under this law. If you are not, and we cannot provide abortion care for you in our health center, we can still help connect you with resources to obtain out-of-state care, including financial assistance.
State law requires all people seeking an abortion to have at least two visits to the abortion facility.
The first visit is for an ultrasound, and the second visit is for the procedure. Under SB 8, another ultrasound will be required at your second visit to ensure you are still within the new legal limit for abortion care in Texas. If the second ultrasound shows you are past this new legal limit, we can still help you access abortion care out of state.
We understand that requiring multiple visits makes things more challenging, but it is mandated by Texas state law.
Q. If I can’t get an abortion in Texas, where can I go?
A: Abortion is safe and legal in all 50 states, but different states have different laws about when you can get an abortion there.
There are options for abortion care in Louisiana, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and other surrounding states.
If you need to get an abortion out of state, we can help you find a provider and resources to get there, including financial assistance. You can also visit www.iNeedanA.com to learn more about your options, or click here to see a map of Planned Parenthood health centers that provide abortion care in other states.
State law assumes all people seeking abortions are minors until they prove otherwise, and places the burden of proof on the physician performing the abortion to request proof of identity and age. Only certain forms of identification meet this state requirement. To see what forms of identification are acceptable, please click here.
Q: Do minors need their parent’s permission to get an abortion?
A: Yes. In both Texas and Louisiana, state law requires that the parent or legal guardian provide written permission for unmarried minors (under the age of 18) to have an abortion. There are a few exceptions:
- The minor can go before a judge and receive permission from the judge to have an abortion without the parent’s permission (also known as Judicial Bypass). Call 713-535-2400 and our staff can give you information about Parental Consent or Judicial Bypass. Or visit Jane's Due Process page.
- Minors who are legally emancipated do not need to have permission from a parent or guardian.
- If there is a medical emergency and the pregnant minor needs an abortion, the parent does not have to give permission.
At Planned Parenthood, we encourage all minors to tell a parent, guardian, or custodian of their decision to end a pregnancy.