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What To Expect For Your Appointment

 

Before Your Appointment

All patients are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to attend an information session at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion. This session can be completed during an audio phone visit, or in-person.

  • Non-English and non-Spanish speaking patients, as well as those needing ASL interpretation have the option to complete the consent in-person at a health center or virtually via telehealth with interpretation.
  • We cannot provide an abortion to a patient who has not completed the information session at least 24 hours prior to their abortion appointment.

  • Please note: If you are UNDER 18, you must do the information session in person at a health center with a parent or legal guardian present to sign for consent. The same parent or guardian must accompany you to your abortion procedure. If you do not have a parent or legal guardian who will accompany you, you can have a judge make an exception for you. This exception is called judicial bypass. For more information about judicial bypass, click here.

If you have children, make arrangements for child care. Children are not allowed in the health center.

    On the Day of Your Appointment

    Before You Arrive

    Eat something light prior to your appointment.

    Wear comfortable clothing and underwear that can support a pad.

    Arrive early to allow yourself extra time to find parking and check in. Parking recommendations per location are listed below.

      In the Waiting Room

      If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian MUST be present, unless the patient was granted judicial bypass.

      • The parent or guardian must have their photo ID and documentation that identifies their relationship to the patient (e.g., birth certificate).
      • This must be the same parent or guardian that attended the information session with the patient at least 24 hours prior to their abortion appointment.

        The patient must bring their photo ID

        • The patient's photo ID must be current (unexpired) and include their picture and date of birth.
        • Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, state ID, passport, military ID, or visa with photo.

        Prepare to be in the center for about 2 to 4 hours

        • The patient may bring one support person to their visit. The support person may be able to participate in some of the care.
        • Bring water, light snacks, a book or smartphone, and a charger and headphones for time spent in the waiting room.

        Please note: no video (chatting or recording) is allowed in the health center. This is to ensure the privacy of all patients and staff.

        What To Expect

        Procedural Abortion

        Procedural Abortion

        Before seeing the doctor, our staff will provide

        • any lab work that may be needed
        • an ultrasound if it is recommended
        • an education session
        • a birth control consultation (if desired)

        Medical staff will then provide the patient with an antibiotic and ibuprofen, and inject a numbing medicine into the cervix to help decrease discomfort.

        The procedure will take about 5-10 minutes and the patient will be awake during the process. Cramping is to be expected.

        After the doctor confirms the procedure is complete, the patient will spend a short period of time in a post-procedure room before being able to go home.

        Abortion Pills

        In the Health Center

        Before seeing the doctor, medical staff will provide

        • any labwork that may be needed
        • an ultrasound if recommended
        • an education session
        • a birth control consultation (if desired)

        The patient will then be given medications to end the pregnancy and empty the uterus. Staff will review with the patient when and how to take these medications.

        At Home

        Cramping and bleeding often start 2 to 4 hours after the second set of medications is taken. This is how the pregnancy passes. Cramping and bleeding can last for several hours and are heaviest when the pregnancy comes out.

        The pregnancy is very small. It may or may not be visible, depending on how many weeks it has been since the patient's last period. Cramping and bleeding will slow down after the pregnancy is passed.

        The patient will need to make sure the procedure worked by doing one of the following:

        1. taking an at home pregnancy test five weeks after the abortion appointment (we can provide a reminder call for this)
        2. returning to one of our centers for lab work or an ultrasound one to two weeks after the abortion appointment

        Payment Information

        Procedure costs are listed below. Prices include all tests, labs, consultation, and medications.

        Payment is due in full on arrival on the day of the appointment.

        We accept cash, money orders, or credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). We do not accept checks.

        If the patient is using someone else’s credit/debit card to pay for the procedure, the credit/debit card holder must be present at the appointment along with their photo ID that matches their name on the credit/debit card.

        If you would like to hear about financial assistance, call us at 610-871-7200, Option 1, Option 1 again. If you qualify for assistance, these discounts will only apply if you have the procedure.

        We accept some insurances, and it is possible they may pay for part or all of the procedure. However, the patient's insurance must be verified prior to their appointment. If using insurance, please inform us when schedulinge the appointment so that we can confirm coverage and any expected payment amount.

        PA Medicaid will cover the cost of an abortion only in the case of rape, incest or threat to life. Please notify us if this applies to the patient when scheduling the appointment. If this applies, the patient and the doctor need to complete additional forms prior to the procedure.

        Quoted costs are based on information provided to determine if the patient is eligible for funding. These costs are subject to change at the time of the appointment based on procedure type and the gestational age of pregnancy confirmed by ultrasound.

        If you suspect, or it is determined, that you are having a miscarriage, our clinicians and staff can take care of you. Depending on the care needed, fees may be comparable to those listed below. Insurance may be able to be used for miscarriage treatment.

        Ultrasound only (if completed but no procedure) $175
        Abortion by pill (5-11 weeks) $625
        Procedural Abortion (5 weeks -11 weeks 6 days) $625
        Procedural Abortion (12 weeks -13 weeks 6 days) $675
        Procedural Abortion (14 weeks-15 weeks 6 days) AVAILABLE IN ALLENTOWN AND YORK ONLY $775

        Location and Parking Information

        Allentown

        Services available in Allentown:
        procedural abortion and abortion pills

        Address:
        29 North 9th Street
        Allentown, PA 18101

        Recommended Parking:
        Spiral Parking Deck located at
        836 Linden Street
        Allentown, PA 18101

        Parking costs $1/hour

        Bensalem

        Services available in Bensalem:
        abortion pills

        Address:
        2185 Galloway Road
        Bensalem, PA 19020

        Recommended Parking:
        On site parking

        Harrisburg

        Services available in Harrisburg:
        abortion pills

        Address:
        1514 N. 2nd Street
        Harrisburg, PA 17102

        Recommended Parking:
        On street parking

        Lancaster

        Services available in Lancaster:
        abortion pills

        Address:
        902 Manor Street
        Lancaster, PA 17603

        Recommended Parking:
        on site parking

        Reading

        Services available in Reading:
        abortion pills

        Address:
        1920 Kutztown Road
        Reading, PA 19604

        Recommended Parking:
        on site parking

        Warminster

        Services available in Warminster:
        procedural abortion and abortion pills

        Address:
        610 Louis Drive
        Warminster, PA 18974

        Recommended Parking:
        on site

        If you are coming from W. Street Road, you will make a left turn into the parking lot and the Planned Parenthood Health Center will be on your right.

        If you are coming from Ivyland Road or Constance Drive, then you will make a right turn into the parking lot and the Planned Parenthood Health Center will be the first building you see.

        Wilkes-Barre

        Abortion services available in Wilkes-Barre:
        abortion pills

        Address:
        101 N. Main Street
        Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

        Recommended Parking:
        metered street parking

        York

        Abortion services available in York:
        procedural abortion and abortion pills

        Address:
        728 S. Beaver Street
        York, PA 17401

        Recommended Parking:
        On site parking lot

        Safety and Support

        Please be aware that protesters may be present the day of your visit. We encourage you to ignore them.

        If they hand you materials that you don’t want, feel free to discard them yourself or give them to one of our staff to discard once entering our center.

        All centers have security staff posted outside. You may be greeted by friendly volunteers wearing pink vests that say “clinic escort volunteers.” They are there to support you as you walk into our center.

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