How to find an abortion clinic near you will be a question millions of women will be asking after the Supreme Court overturned the decision Roe v. calf. Just because abortion is no longer a constitutionally protected right does not mean that people have stopped or will stop needing abortions. As a result of the decision, laws in nearly half of all states changed rapidly: some have outright bans that took effect immediately; some have bans due to take effect in a few days or months; and some have locks that have been blocked or may be resumed.
If you need an abortion and aren’t sure who to contact, there are still resources available to help you access the care you need. Abortionfinder.org updates its database of which states have clinics open and are performing abortions and which have banned or restricted access to abortions.
Rachel Fey, vice president of policy and strategic partnerships at the Power to Decide information campaign, notes that the geographically closest state may not be the most convenient for the person seeking an abortion. You may have relatives in another state, or the state closest to you may not be able to provide you with the most appropriate care.
Another valuable resource for finding clinics is ineedana.com, which allows abortion seekers to search by zip code.
“The site has a comprehensive directory of abortion clinics, as well as information about abortion funds, practical assistance with getting to and from an appointment, and what restrictions you may have in your state,” said Jay Thibodeau of Abortion Care Network, the national association for independent providers of abortion treatments. “They don’t collect or store any user information, so it’s private and the site is available in English and Spanish. You can also text 202-883-4620 for the three closest clinics (by zip code) — it’s free and you don’t need internet access or a smartphone. The line of text is especially important for people who don’t have access to a smartphone, the ability to search securely or privately on their own device or a shared computer, or a reliable internet.”
Although much information is lost in the confusion, most states have still not banned abortion completely. It may still be possible to access an abortion in a state probably on the future ban on abortion or with laws still in flux. For this reason, it is essential to inquire directly with the clinics whether they are still accepting appointments.
Here’s a basic breakdown of clinic availability across the country and where to find one.
Deep South & Southeast
Total Ban: Alabama, Arkansas
Possible future ban: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Next sanctuary is called: Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts
They continue to have access to abortions in Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina
Resources: ARC Southeast, New Orleans Abortion Fund, Yellowhammer Fund
Total Ban: Kentucky, Missouri, South Dakota