NFPRHA's Position

NFPRHA supports access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion. Abortion care is an essential health service that must be legal, affordable, and accessible to all, and one that clinicians must be able to provide without facing civil or criminal penalties or threats to their or their patients’ safety. 

 

Legal Landscape for Abortion

NFPRHA strongly condemns the Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutionally protected right to abortion. This ruling puts the health and lives of millions of people across the country in immediate jeopardy and disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous and other people of color; LGBTQ+ people; people with disabilities; people with no or low incomes; and young people.

The legality of abortion varies from state to state and is likely to continue changing. To identify current laws in a particular state, visit Abortion Finder’s State-by-State Guide and Guttmacher Institute’s Lay of the Land

States where abortion is legal may still have restrictions on the use of medication abortion  and/or require parental involvement if someone under the age of 18 needs to access abortion care. For more information, If/When/How has resources about judicial bypass, and Guttmacher Institute has a brief on medication abortion.

Additional legal and practical barriers exist for many people, including those with low incomes, people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and young people.

Local abortion funds  or abortion providers may be able to provide more information about access options for someone who disproportionately experiences barriers to care. 

Entities That Can Help People Access Abortion Care

Abortion providers:

Many health centers offer abortion care, including Planned Parenthood affiliates and independent providers. To locate all abortion providers in a particular area, visit:

Abortion funds:

Abortion funds are entities that provide financial support to individuals who need assistance paying for their abortion care. In addition to monetary support, abortion funds are key referral sources and may also serve as practical support organizations. Abortion funds vary widely in their funding and staff capacity and typically have geographic restrictions on where they provide support. To find an abortion fund that works in a particular state, visit:

Practical support organizations (PSO):

PSOs provide resources, such as lodging, travel assistance, child care subsidies, and coverage for miscellaneous costs, to make it feasible for individuals to access abortion care. To find a PSO, visit:

Additional Resources

  • Reproductiverights.gov — created by the US Department of Health and Human Services, this site lists people’s rights with regard to accessing abortion, contraception, and other related health care services
  • National Advocates for Pregnant Women — provides legal support to individuals who are investigated or prosecuted related to any pregnancy that does not result in a live birth
  • All-Options Talk Line: (1-888-493-0092) — volunteer peer counselors can discuss pregnancy options and past experiences with pregnancy, abortion, parenting, and infertility
  • Exhale Pro-Voice Hotline: (1-617-749-2948) — nonjudgmental post-abortion support from volunteer peer counselors
  • If/When/How Judicial Bypass Help Line — may be able to assist a young person navigating the challenging process of accessing abortion care without parental involvement via judicial bypass, in states where people under 18 require parental or guardian notification or consent for abortion
  • M&A Hotline — answers from medical professionals about managing an abortion (including how to access medication for self-managed abortion) or miscarriage
  • Repro Legal Helpline — answers from legal professionals about managing an abortion or miscarriage
  • Digital Defense Fund’s (DDF) Pregnancy & Abortion Privacy Guide — detailed instructions, limitations, and threat modeling considerations about abortion and digital security

Messaging Resources

Liberate Abortion:

Resource hub from a coalition of national, state, and local reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations. The hub includes social media recommendations, talking points, template op-eds, and suggestions for working with reporters.

National Women’s Law Center:

Abortion Values Messaging Guide that offers recommendations for how and why to ground messages in individual and organizational values.

Physicians for Reproductive Health:

Factsheet on the difference between emergency contraception and medication abortion.

 

NFPRHA offers this resource hub to assist family planning providers in better understanding the impact of the Court’s ruling and to connect individuals and organizations with up-to-date resources. The information provided is not, and is not intended to provide, legal advice to any entity or individual nor is it intended as a solicitation; entities and individuals should consult with their own legal counsel as to the impact of any information provided on this page for their health system, service site, or person.

For additional resources & information, access NFPRHA fact sheets and federal comments by issue or read NFPRHA's publications and recent press statements. 

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