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Abortion Care at Planned Parenthood

Decisions about your pregnancy are deeply personal. Planned Parenthood is here to give you expert care and non-judgmental support, no matter what decision you make. Our abortion services include medication abortion (the abortion pill), telemedicine abortion, and in-clinic abortion. 

Get the facts about abortion.

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Telemedicine Abortion

Telemedicine makes abortion care more accessible with the same level of care, comfort, and safety as a traditional medication abortion.

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Medication Abortion

Medication abortion, (the abortion pill), works up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. You can usually have your abortion in the privacy of your own home.

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In-Clinic Abortion

In-clinic abortions are safe, simple medical procedures provided by doctors and nurses at a health center.

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Abortion Laws in Iowa

Planned Parenthood is committed to fighting to keep abortion safe and legal in Iowa – but there are some state laws that may impact a person's ability to access an abortion.

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Is abortion safe?

Abortion is a very safe procedure, and it almost always works -- over 99% of the time. It's also very common. Overall, 3 in 10 women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the time they’re 45 years old.

Planned Parenthood leads the country with the most up-to-date medical standards and guidelines for health care, including abortion. We regularly review new medical research and get updates from groups like the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Is abortion the right option for me?

Having an unintended pregnancy is very common, and many people decide to have an abortion. Only you know what’s best for you, but good information and support can really help you make the decision that is best for your own health and well-being.

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What are my other options?

People who are pregnant have 3 options:

  • Parenting

  • Abortion

  • Adoption

Making a decision about a pregnancy is personal. Accurate information and support helps, but only you can know what’s best for you.

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When do I have to make a decision?

It’s important to take the time you need to make the best decision for you. It’s also a good idea to talk to a nurse or doctor as soon as you can so you can get the best medical care possible. The staff at your local Planned Parenthood clinic is always here to provide expert medical care and support, no matter what decision you make.

How much does it cost to get an abortion?

The cost of abortion varies and depends on 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.

If you’re worried about cost, call us at 1-877-811-7526 to see if we can get you health care that you can afford.

I'm under 18. Do I need my parent's permission? (Iowa)

The state of Iowa requires parental notification for those under 18. You do not need parental permission, but the law requires that a parent or a grandparent be told of your decision 48 hours before the abortion.

A judge can excuse you from this requirement through a “judicial waiver.” It's important you contact us right away if you need a judicial waiver because we can answer your questions about it and it can take added time to get through the process.

If you have questions, call Patient Services at 1-877-811-7526.

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I'm under 18. Do I need my parent's permission? (Nebraska)

The state of Nebraska requires that one of your parents give permission for your abortion. A judge can excuse you from this requirement. It's important you contact us right away if you need a judge to excuse you because we can answer your questions about the process and it can take added time to complete.

If you have questions, call Patient Services at 1-877-811-7526.

Telemedicine Abortion

Telemedicine Abortion

In Iowa, medication abortion is accessible through telemedicine. The patient is seen in a health center by a medical team and consults with the physician via a private, secure video-conferencing platform.

Want to discuss your options? Chat with a health educator right now.

Chat online or text "PPNOW" to 774636 (PPINFO) to get answers about pregnancy, birth control, emergency contraception, STDs, and abortion. 

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