Last Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 landmark ruling that protected the constitutional right to abortion in the United States. The implications of the decision are far-reaching. Studies have shown the devastating economic and health effects for women denied abortion access, in addition to the consequences it presents for society more broadly.
The ruling threatens our reproductive autonomy, and it’s normal to feel fear, sadness, and frustration as we approach a post-Roe future. For those who are immediately affected by this decision — specifically anyone needing abortion care and services, or related healthcare needs — there are resources that can help guide you through the emotional, legal, and financial hurdles of access during this time.
Resources that can help you access a safe, affordable abortion
1. Abortion Finder
Abortion Finder can help you locate abortion providers near you. It’s built on a database of over 750 abortion providers in the United States, and the service is available via text message or website form. All you have to do is enter your age, the first day of your last period, and your location. If you prefer text message, text your zip code to 435-3-FINDER to receive the three abortion providers closest to you.
2. I Need An A
I Need An A makes it easy for people seeking abortions to find specific information relevant to their circumstances — including closest clinics, abortion funds by state, and local support networks. The site also helps minors understand their state’s parental consent laws. To use the service, enter your age, zipcode, and weeks since your last period.
3. Plan C
Plan C gives state-by-state information on at-home abortion pill access. Once you find your state in the search bar, you can explore a variety of options depending on state laws. If you live in a state that restricts access to abortion, for example, you’ll find alternative routes of access, including online pharmacies, mail forwarding, and Aid Access. On Plan C’s website, you can also find FAQ about abortion pills, legal and financial resources, and ways to get involved.
4. Aid Access
Aid Access supports people seeking abortions, and it offers a range of services, depending on where you live. It can ship abortion pills to your location for $150 — though the cost can be negotiated if you cannot afford the full amount. Throughout the process, you will have access to customer service and medical support should any questions arise. Aid Access also provides testimonials and information on scientific research related to abortion services.
Resources that offer emotional support to anyone seeking an abortion
5. Exhale Pro-Voice: 617-749-2948
Exhale Pro-Voice supports anyone looking to share their abortion stories. Its helpline offers a nonjudgemental listening ear, helping users navigate emotional challenges and explore coping strategies before and/or after an abortion. Along with its helpline, Exhale Pro-Voice offers free, virtual Post-Abortion Support Groups, which serve as a safe space for those looking to openly share their experiences.
6. Faith Aloud: 1-888-717-5010
Faith Aloud provides spiritual support for people navigating pregnancy, abortion, parenting, and adoption. Its counselors are from a diversity of religious backgrounds, and you do not have to identify with one particular religion or denomination to use the service. In addition to its counseling line, Faith Aloud offers spiritual resources — including websites, books, and videos — to affirm all reproductive decision-making.
7. All-Options: 1-888-493-0092
All-Options offers a variety of pregnancy and parenting services, including peer counseling, abortion funding, and pregnancy options workshops. It also provides financial assistance to people needing pregnancy tests, condoms, diapers, and baby clothes. For those who want to adapt the organization’s approach for their own communities, you can download the free All-Options Toolkit.
8. M+A Hotline: 1-833-246-2632
M+A Hotline is a phone and text service that offers guidance on self-managed miscarriages and abortions. The service is secure, confidential, and free, and it’s run by a team of pro-abortion clinicians. It’s available everyday from 8am to 11pm in all US time zones.
Resources that provide legal information on abortion access
9. The Repro Legal Helpline: 1-844-868-2812
The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential service that offers young people resources and legal advice regarding abortion access. It can answer legal questions, both about local policy and self-managed abortions. For those that are under 18, this helpline can guide you through the judicial bypass process, which allows minors to get an abortion without the consent of their parents.
10. Center for Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an organization that works to advance reproductive rights through the power of the law. It can help you stay informed about state-by-state laws, policies, and issues related to reproductive rights. It also offers fact sheets and reports on reproductive rights, an abortions laws map, and a glossary of abortion law and policy terms.
Resources that break the stigma of abortion
11. Shout Your Abortion
Shout Your Abortion makes resources, tools, and campaigns to destigmatize abortion, as well as foster collective participation in the fight for abortion access. On its website, you can helpful resources, Shout Your Abortion merchandise, and materials for campaign organizing.
12. We Testify
We Testify works to normalize the practice of abortion through storytelling. It invests in abortion storytellers, compiles stories from women who have undergone abortions, and even provides resources and guidance on how to fund abortions and find clinics.
13. Abortion Out Loud
Abortion Out Loud, which is a project of the Advocates for Youth, uses the power of storytelling and grassroots activism to strengthen abortion access for young people. On the organization’s page, you can read abortion stories, share your own, and find ways to get involved. Youth activists can also download the Youth Activist Toolkit to help organize campaigns and host abortion speak outs.
The bottom line
Everyone deserves safe and affordable access to abortion, regardless of circumstance. And while the Supreme Court decision may provoke feelings of helplessness and fear, there are options. Even with Roe v. Wade overturned, it’s still possible to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and find emotional, legal, and financial support throughout the process — no matter where you live. You do not have to go through this experience alone. To support the cause further, consider donating to organizations like Planned Parenthood.