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Abortion services are available in Utah.  

On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the federal constitutional protections for abortion triggering Utah's abortion ban. The law includes only narrow exceptions, including rape, incest, life of the mother, and some fetal abnormalities. The exception for sexual assault survivors forces patients to disclose personal information to law enforcement as a condition of care. 

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed a lawsuit in state court challenging SB 174 - Utah's trigger ban. On Monday, June 27, a state court judge granted a temporary restraining order allowing abortion services to resume immediately. On Monday, July 11, the state court judge granted a preliminary injunction. This means abortion services will remain available while the litigation over the ban in Utah state court proceeds.

Finally, on May 2, 2023, the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake City, Utah blocked the implementation of H.B. 467 — a new law that would functionally eliminate access to abortion in the state starting May 3 — by granting abortion providers’ request for a preliminary injunction. Abortion remains legal up to 18 weeks of pregnancy and accessible at licensed clinics in the state. 

Abortion services at Utah Planned Parenthood health centers are available. Please call 1-800-230-PLAN to make an appointment. 

Thinking about abortion? Learn more about your options. 

FAQ About Abortion Access in Utah

Listed below are answers to common questions about abortion access in Utah.

Is abortion legal in Utah? 

Yes. Abortion access is legal in Utah up to 18 weeks of pregnancy and available at Planned Parenthood of Utah health centers. To make an appointment, call 1-800-230-PLAN or go to www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-utah  

How much does an abortion cost?  

The cost of an abortion depends on many factors, including the location of the medical provider and the type of procedure. Generally, a clinic-based abortion will cost between $500 and $2,500.

Does health insurance cover the cost of an abortion? 

Most abortions are not covered by private health insurance or Medicaid. Some private insurance policies will cover the cost of an abortion to protect the life or health of the pregnant person or in situations involving rape or incest. A smaller number of insurers will cover abortions based on fetal abnormalities. Utah Medicaid will pay for abortions only when the life of the pregnant person is threatened, or in cases of rape or incest. As a result, most abortions are not covered by health insurance and people pay out-of-pocket for their care.  

I thought the Utah Legislature banned abortion. How is it still legal? 

Two abortion bans passed by the Utah Legislature in recent years have been temporarily blocked by the courts from taking effect until the constitutionality of the laws are fully considered by the judicial system. As a result, abortion access is legal in Utah up to 18 weeks of pregnancy and available at Planned Parenthood Association of Utah health centers. To make an appointment, call 1-800-230-PLAN or go to www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-utah  

Where can I get help paying for an abortion?

The Utah Abortion Fund provides confidential financial and logistical support (including travel costs and accommodation) for people seeking abortion care in states where it is legal. Follow the instructions on how to contact them at www.utabortionfund.org. For a list of national organizations that support people seeking abortion care, and for organizations located in other states, go to the National Abortion Fund at www.abortionfunds.org 

What is the difference between a medication abortion and surgical abortion? 

A medication abortion, also called the “abortion pill,” is a procedure that involves taking two different medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, to end a pregnancy. Mifepristone interrupts the pregnancy’s attachment to the uterine lining by blocking the progesterone hormone. Misoprostol expels the pregnancy by producing heavy uterine cramping. Typically, the first medication (mifepristone) is given at a clinic. The second medication (misoprostol) is taken at home where the abortion is completed. You can take the abortion pill up to 11 weeks after the first day of your last period. If you’re past 11 weeks, you may be able to get surgical or in-clinic abortion. 

A surgical or “in-clinic” abortion is a procedure using instruments and suction to end a pregnancy. There are different types of surgical abortions depending on how far along the pregnancy is. Suction abortion is used up to 14-16 weeks after the first day of the last period. Dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions are performed for pregnancies over 16 weeks. The surgical abortion procedure is performed in a clinic or hospital, sometimes with sedation or pain medication.  Both medication and surgical abortion procedures are safe and effective.

Is abortion safe? 

Yes. Both in-clinic and medication abortions are very safe. In fact, abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the world. Overall, about 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old. 

Thinking about abortion? Learn more about your options. 

NOTE: Planned Parenthood Association of Utah is not responsible for, nor does it endorse any legal, medical, or other advice or information provided by any of the entities identified or referenced herein or by any other third parties, whether referenced herein or not.

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