Abortion FAQ


Finding an Abortion Provider

Your provider should make you feel safe, comfortable, and informed about your decision. To find a clinic near you, try these lists:

CAF currently works with the following Carolinian clinics in addition to certain out-of-state providers:

  • A Woman’s Choice of Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte

  • A Preferred Woman’s Health of Raleigh and Charlotte

  • Hallmark Women’s Health

  • Family Reproductive Health

  • Greenville Women’s Clinic

  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic locations: Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Columbia, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

  • Duke and UNC Hospitals

You can get an abortion up to 20 weeks gestation in North and South Carolina, but not all providers are able to go up to the legal limit. You can estimate your gestation based on your last menstrual cycle.

If you are seeking an abortion past 20 weeks, we recommend DuPont Clinic in Washington, DC, and AbortionClinics.Org in Bethesda, MD.

How can I pay for my abortion?

Due to high demand and limited funding, we are often unable to fill the full financial gap of a caller and other support is needed. During the intake call your CAF caseworker will work with you to determine your need and help you to acquire additional funding.

Please contact the National Abortion Federation (NAF) at 1-800-772-9100 for additional assistance.

If you are going to a Planned Parenthood in North or South Carolina, please speak with clinic staff about their financial assistance program. These clinics are unable to accept NAF funding.

If you are traveling out of state or are not a Carolinian, you may be able to receive support from your local fund(s). You can search the network database here.

Should I get a medical or surgical abortion?

The choice between a medical and surgical abortion is both a personal choice and dependent on your gestation. Both are safe and effective options to end a pregnancy.

If you are under 10 weeks gestation you may be able to have a medical abortion , also known as “the abortion pill”. This requires a visit to the clinic for your ultrasound and the first set of pills. You will then be sent home with a second set of pills to take 24-48 hours after your initial visit. Some people prefer the privacy and at-home availability a medical abortion offers.

There are a few kinds of surgical abortion that may be available to you that are all done in-clinic. People may prefer this option as the entire procedure is completed under the care of your provider and does not require additional medication. The aftercare is similar for each procedure.

I am interested in learning more about safe abortion using pills.

I'm not sure abortion is the right choice for me.

When you find out you’re pregnant, you have three options: parenting, adoption, or abortion. That choice is deeply personal and can only be made by the pregnant person.

While our helpline works mostly with people who have already decided to have an abortion, CAF supports all pregnancy options and we want to make sure you have the information and resources you need. If you are seeking more information on your options, we recommend speaking with a free, confidential, unbiased counselor at All-Options.

I am interested in learning more about adoption as an option.

Is it true that abortion causes [XYZ]?

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about what abortion is and its side effects-- it make sense if you have a lot of questions about what’s true and what’s not!

The short answer is that abortion is a safe and common procedure that 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will have in her lifetime. This number is likely much higher when it includes pregnant people who don’t identify as women.

Did you go to a clinic that felt judgmental, misleading, or tried to talk you out of having an abortion? You may have gone to a fake abortion clinic called a crisis pregnancy center. Crisis pregnancy centers mimic real clinics and may provide incentives like “free ultrasounds” or “counseling services”. They may try to pressure you religiously or question your decision.
These centers are responsible for spreading a lot of misinformation about what an abortion is. Your doctor or other trusted medical organizations are the best places to learn the real facts on abortion.

Abortion does not increase your risk for breast cancer or issues with future pregnancies. For more information on common abortion myths, click here.