A version of this story was originally published on May 25, 2022. It has been updated.
While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) emphasize that access to safe abortion care is a fundamental healthcare right, that access has now changed, as the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the constitutional right to an abortion on June 24.
Now that Roe is overturned, the decision on abortion legality will return to the individual states. Several states have what are known as “trigger bans” that may trigger an automatic total abortion ban, or severely restrict abortion access based on timing of pregnancy, as soon as the decision has been handed down. Other states are working to protect the right to safe abortion care or expand access. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion will eventually be banned in 26 states without Roe.
Ultimately, the ability to get a safe abortion will be based on whether someone can afford to travel to a state where it is legal, which has dangerous consequences if women resort to unsafe options or untrained providers.
All women will be impacted now that Roe is overturned, but it will disproportionately affect people living in poverty or those who already face healthcare inequities like people of color or LGBTQ+ folks.
So what can we do? Education is empowering, so we’ve compiled a list of resources for safe abortion access and reproductive rights so you can stay informed.
Telehealth provides accessible, safe abortion care
Thanks to Covid, most of us are familiar with virtual online visits with healthcare providers, as telehealth has become an everyday part of our lives. In 2021, online care expanded to encompass safe abortion access when the FDA changed its in-person requirement for receiving the medication mifepristone, a drug used to terminate pregnancy in the first trimester.
The temporary move became permanent in late 2021—something ACOG advocated for many years because it’s a safe, private and effective way to end a pregnancy. This change increased access to care for many people.
Today, you can have a virtual consultation and follow-up care with a healthcare provider to get abortion medication (also known as Plan C) shipped to you (depending on your location). But with the possible changes following the Roe v. Wade decision, states are ramping up restrictions for virtual care—and there are already 19 states with telehealth restrictions.
Here are your options for telehealth-based abortion care
- Hey Jane: If you live (or can travel) to California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, or Washington, Hey Jane states they provide online care with a clinician within 24 hours and ship medication daily. They also share many resources, including financial and legal aid, talk and text support, clinic finders and more.
- Abortion on Demand: According to their website, “Abortion on Demand is designed to get abortion pills to people who need them as quickly and safely as possible.” Visits are scheduled within a few days, and kits are shipped overnight. Requirements include being in a licensed state (you can look for yours here) and that it’s been less than 8 weeks since your last period.
- Choix: California, Illinois, and Colorado are the only states this telehealth company currently serves, but if you live here or can access care from these states, Choix could be a good option. They also provide birth control, urinary tract infection care and other reproductive and sexual health medications.
- Planned Parenthood: Only specific Planned Parenthood clinics provide telehealth, but they remain an option if you live in participating states.
You may also want to keep plan B on hand. Known as the morning after pill, plan B is an emergency contraceptive available over-the-counter that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex and can reduce your chance of pregnancy by up to 90%.
Starting on June 21, you can order plan B from Stix to be delivered discreetly. Stix is also creating a donation bank where anyone can request a free dose of plan B (known as Stix Restart), or you can donate to help cover the cost of Restart for someone who needs it.
More reproductive health and safe abortion education and resources
- ReproductiveRights.gov: The Department of Health and Human Services has released a list outlining your reproductive rights that are still upheld even though Roe has been overturned. Use it as a reference before seeking care to know what you're entitled to. The resource also shares where to file a complaint if you feel your healthcare access has been restricted.
- Safe-2-choose: Safe-2-choose is a telehealth platform, but instead of direct abortion care, they provide counseling to guide women and people with a uterus through the process. They answer any questions about abortion care and facilitate referrals to clinics when needed.
- Plan C: Plan C is an incredible resource created by “a small but mighty team of veteran public health advocates, researchers, social justice activists and digital strategists.” Here you can find information on where to get pills, even in states that restrict access to telehealth abortion care (while providing information on potential associated legal risks).
- Ineedana.com: Ineedana.com provides information for people seeking abortion care, depending on location. All users have to provide is age, zip code, and weeks of pregnancy (if known). They offer information applicable to their individual situation. This may mean clinic locations, financial support options, or advice if you are in a state with restrictions.
- National Abortion Federation: NAF offers a toll-free hotline for safe abortion referrals and financial assistance for U.S. and Canada. All information is confidential.
- National Network of Abortion Funds: The National Network of Abortion Funds seeks to remove the financial barrier to abortion care. They have an extensive list of funds available by state and step-by-step instructions to help someone find financial support.
How to stay informed about your legal reproductive rights
With so much about reproductive care in flux, it’s helpful to know where to look to stay informed about abortion rights where you live. The Guttmacher Institute offers an overview of abortion laws, where you can find a detailed, state-by-state look at abortion regulations where you live.
The Repro Legal Helpline is another resource that answers questions about legal rights and abortion care for all ages via a hotline or a secure online form.
As the future of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance, staying informed about your reproductive rights and access to safe abortion care can be one way to feel empowered and in control. Safe abortion care is essential healthcare. Everyone deserves to have the information and resources necessary to make the best decision for their body.