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:
Abortion Care Network — a network of independent abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood — look for clinics that list ‘abortion services’ among the services they offer
Abortion Clinics Online — lists abortion clinics in your area.
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.
How can I pay for my abortion?
Due to high demand and limited funding, we are often unable to fill the full financial need of a caller and other funding is needed.
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'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.
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.