The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that “safe, legal abortion is a necessary component of women’s health.” However, access to abortion varies across the world, and within the United States.
Where to find an abortion clinic and what to look for
According to the Guttmacher Institute, many US states have different regulations that limit or alter access to abortion. These regulations include:
- Requiring the provider to be a licensed physician
- Prohibiting abortion after a certain gestational age
- Banning intact dilation and evacuation (sometimes called ‘late-term’ or “partial-birth’ abortion)
- Not allowing public funds, including Medicaid, to be used for abortion
- Regulating abortion coverage by private insurers
- Waiting periods (usually 24 hours) between counseling and procedure
As a result of these regulations, abortion services are often difficult to access in some parts of the United States. Many physicians and other healthcare providers offer abortion services, as do women’s health centers, such as Planned Parenthood. You can follow this link to learn more about abortion access, and to find a provider.
- “How do I get an in-clinic abortion?” Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood. N.d. Available at: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/abortion/in-clinic-abortion-procedures/how-do-i-get-an-in-clinic-abortion
- “Increasing access to abortion.” Committee Opinion No. 613. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2014;124:1060–5. Available at: https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Increasing-Access-to-Abortion
- “An Overview of Abortion Laws.” Guttmacher Institute. Guttmacher Institute. May 1, 2019. Available at: https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/overview-abortion-laws?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI68GrmPSs4gIVx0sNCh3uDw6TEAAYASAAEgLoZfD_BwE