Stigma Making It Hard to Find Abortion Info? Here’s a Road Map

Those two little lines on a pregnancy test can be the catalyst for lots of phone calls to share the news if youíre trying to get pregnant. But for those who donít want to be pregnant, the follow-up to a positive test is often silence.

The stigma surrounding abortion prevents many people from calling on their normal social networks. Medical providers can hinder access to information and services ó even more so now that the Department of Health and Human Services has implemented new rules protecting health care workers who deny service due to religious objection. Information on the internet can be unreliable, and geographically specific resources are often difficult to find.

The end result is those who discover an unintended pregnancy are often left isolated in an information vacuum.

This lack of easily available information delays access to abortion services, particularly for women living in areas where all of the abortion clinics have been closed, a recent study by the Guttmacher Institute found.

It can be daunting to navigate through all the misinformation to find legitimate resources, but they’re out there. Below are reliable sources for information about abortion options, access to services and support.

WHAT ARE MY ABORTION OPTIONS?

The abortion pill

Medication abortion ó often called the abortion pill ó is a combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol given in pill form. Itís a safe and effective method of ending a pregnancy. The success rate for people who are eight weeks or earlier in their pregnancies is between 94 and 98 percent, according to Planned Parenthood. Many women choose†this option†because it lets them decide†where the abortion will happen. Your medical provider can help you decide if this is the right abortion method for you.

In-clinic abortion

An in-clinic abortion ó also called a surgical abortion ó is a medical procedure that is also a safe and effective method for ending a pregnancy. They are 99 percent effective. There are two types of in-clinic abortions: suction aspiration and dilation and evacuation. Your medical provider will help you determine which is right for you.

Youíll find reliable information about both of these types of abortions at Planned Parenthood.

WHERE CAN I GET AN ABORTION?

As tighter state and federal rules force more clinics that provide abortions to close, it can be tough to know where to go to get an abortion. The National Abortion Federation maintains a map of member clinics across the United States, and Planned Parenthood lets you search for clinics by zip code.

Once you find several clinics, go through this checklist to figure out which one is right for you.

HOW CAN I PAY FOR MY ABORTION?

Because of the Hyde Amendment, federal government funds canít be used for abortion. And new Title X rules seek to further restrict the funding clinics that perform abortions can receive. But that doesnít mean there arenít ways to get help if you canít afford to pay for an abortion or canít cover the cost of traveling to a clinic.

The National Network of Abortion Funds provides information about abortion funding options. You can even search by your address to find organizations that assist people in your region.

WHOM CAN I TALK TO?

Because of the stigma surrounding abortion, it can be difficult to talk to your friends and family. You might even feel like youíre the only one in your situation, but youíre not. More than 900,000 people had abortions in 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

If you need to talk but donít have anyone in your life you feel comfortable discussing abortion with, you can call All-Optionsí hotline. Calls from people of all ages, genders, races, sexuality, backgrounds, religious affiliations and political leanings are welcome.

26 comments

Carla G
Carla G3 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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pam w
pam w4 days ago

Still hopeful that these laws will be overturned by SCOTUS...but, if not...women will continue to help one another until Roe can be reinstated.

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Freya H
Freya H4 days ago

What a nice idea, RK R - although by that time it may be too late for the Morning After pill.

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Debbi W
Debbi W5 days ago

I'm grateful there is an abortion pill that is safe and works. I hope that information will be spread through the states banning abortion.

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Tanya W
Tanya W5 days ago

Thank you for sharing

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Tanya W
Tanya W5 days ago

Noted

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Christine Stewart

The anti-abortion folks can just blame themselves for the continued need for abortion. Make men wear condoms! Ensure access to effective contraception for women. Stop letting judges give rapists a slap on the wrist. Give women free prenatal care and free birthing facilities to make adoption easier. Everyone knows the name "Planned Parenthood"- why don't the anti-abortion folks have nationwide facilities for free labor and delivery for women who want to give their babies up for adoption, or who want to keep the baby, but can't afford all the medical care.

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Debra G
Debra G5 days ago

Very important information to have. And it doesn’t hurt for those of us with a few extra dollars to donate to the National Network of Abortion Funds.

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Alea C
Alea C5 days ago

We should be encouraging abortions, not restricting them, as we have too many people sucking up earth's finite resources already.

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Peggy B
Peggy B5 days ago

TYFS

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