Please answer this question for me. Can a 15 year old girl go get an abortion in New Jersey without her parents knowing? Could she pay out of pocket? Would there be a difference between the operation and the pill? What are the laws surrounding this?
Good questions! There are parental notification and consent laws in many states for minors seeking abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, which reviews abortion policies and effects in the US and internationally, there is a parental notification law in New Jersey - however, due to a court order, the policy is not in effect. So, there is no enforced law requiring parents to be involved in a minor’s abortion in New Jersey.
There are 24 providers in New Jersey that I know of, so there may be differing policies depending on the clinic. I do know that Planned Parenthood accepts cash, and for the most part will not turn you away due to your inability to pay. They may work out a payment plan, or you can ask if they have a fund.
The difference between surgical abortion and the abortion pill (not to be confused with emergency contraception/Plan B) is explained in these posts: Abortion Procedures. There, you can find descriptions of how the abortion pill works, descriptions of the five/six kinds of surgical abortion, and a comparison of medication abortion vs. surgical abortion.
For more information on abortion laws in the US, the Guttmacher Institute is an amazing resource. Their State Center takes you to specific state policies (look for “State Policies in Brief” once you click on your state), but I’d encourage you to spend some time exploring their site to see what else you can learn!
Manual vacuum aspirator, with cannulae used for handheld aspiration abortion.
For people curious about the tools used for abortion procedures. I think these photos should be more public, it can be very scary to go into the procedure and have no idea what to expect.
Most people pay out-of-pocket for abortions.
Abortion access affects not only women, but trans* and queer people as well.
gonna take a look at this later!
Tumblr, in all its glorious wisdom, won’t let me reblog myself, but please reblog my post, Resources for Decision-Making and Low-Income Parenting! The more people who know about it, the better!
Mississippi passed a law last year requiring abortion clinics in the state to have hospital admitting privileges. In a state where the stigma surrounding abortion is extreme and hospitals can refuse any service on religious grounds, this law was written to eliminate safe, legal abortion in Mississippi.
Jackson Women’s Health Organization has been refused admitting privileges by every hospital to which they’ve applied. They can argue their case in front of the Mississippi Department of Health, and attorneys have requested an injunction while they argue the law’s constitutionality. However, if these measures fail, Mississippi could soon be the only state without safe, legal abortion.
A lack of providers means the people in Mississippi will need to travel out of state to acquire an abortion provided in a safe, sterile, legal environment. For those without money to travel, cars, a place to stay, or someone to watch their children (61% of people who have abortions already have children), this may prove an impossible task.
If you or someone you know can provide any of these things - transportation, lodging, child care, funds - please message the Abortion Assistance Blog. You can contact the blog through Tumblr’s Ask, Submit, and Fan Mail functions, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interestingly enough— I believe it also happens to be illegal to travel out of state for an abortion…
Oh no, it definitely isn’t! The Kaiser Family Foundation has an interactive graphic on the percentage of abortions by out-of-state residents in each state.
There have been a number of bills introduced to ban transporting minors across state lines to get abortions without their parents’ consent, but (please correct me if I’m wrong) none of them have ever become law.
The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics oversees more than 1,200 clinics comprised of a volunteer workforce of doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Eligibility for these clinics is usually restricted to those who are uninsured, underinsured, or those who otherwise have limited access to healthcare.
I’m lucky enough to have insurance through my place of employment, but I know a lot of people out there that aren’t. Take care of yourself and feel free to visit one of these places if you get ill <3
(trigger warning for rape)
hey. fuck society.
This is why rape awareness is important. This right here
>:( this is bullshit
And people wonder why victims don’t report it.
I know that at least in the state of Iowa, the Iowa Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program pays the full cost of these exams, even if nothing is reported to the police. The fund is paid for entirely by fines and penalties paid by convicted criminals.
Someone asked us:
I was once told that if you can’t get the morning after pill that taking 5-7 days worth of the daily pill at once can be an acceptable substitute. Is that true?
Some brands of birth control pills can be used as emergency contraception, but not all of them. You can check out this chart to see what brands can be used and how to use them. (As a general rule, progestin-only birth control pills cannot be used as emergency contraception, only combination pills can.)
If you do use your birth control as emergency contraception, you should continue taking the rest of your pill pack as your normally would, but skip the placebo pills — your period week pills. Then continue on normally with the next pack. Your period might be irregular for the next month, but that’s totally normal.
- Nina at Planned Parenthood
Anonymous asked: I have been reading your pro-choice posts after finally being made aware at how horrifically politicians regard abortion rights. I was always in the belief abortion should be left in the choice of the woman carrying it and all the things I read on your blog and others like it have reinforced this. I would like to further educate myself this matter and discuss other topics relating to this.I have facebook and my name is Amber Clark. Please contact me so I can give you my e-mail, I have no tumblr.
I’m keeping myself anonymous on this account, so I won’t contact you through Facebook. You can email me through the Abortion Assistance Blog’s email (email@example.com), and feel free to ask any questions you like here on anon!
In the meantime, my Important Posts page is a good place to start. You can click on the tags of each post to learn more about specific topics, too. (I made a page of frequent tags on this blog for easy reference.)
If you live in the US, one of the most important things you can do today is register to vote. And then on Nov. 6, vote.
Don’t let anyone tell you that your vote does not matter. Even if you don’t live in a swing state, you still need to go vote because you aren’t just voting for the president. You are voting for the people who will govern your state and your town. And in those elections, your vote will count so much more (the numbers, inevitably, are smaller), especially if you aren’t in a swing state because people in non-swing states aren’t encouraged as much to go vote and turnout tends to be smaller.
The link above takes you to Whitney Muse’s chirpstory where she has collected the date by which you must register to vote in order to be able to vote on November 6 FOR EVERY US STATE (it is different in every state). And she has a link where you can register to vote (or at least start the process) as well as check your voter registration status.
Spread the word.