Abortion Care

What is Abortion?

Abortion is the termination (ending) of a pregnancy. Abortion is legal in every state, though some state laws make it harder to get an abortion than others. Learn more about the different types of abortion care here.

Do I need an adult's permission to have an abortion?

Abortion is banned for people of all ages in Missouri. Abortion is still available in other states, including states bordering Missouri.

Some states, like Illinois, do not require people under 18 to involve their parents. In other states, if a person under 18 cannot involve their parents, they can go to court and ask a judge for permission to have an abortion. Free legal help is available to help you with this process.

Text us for help finding your nearest abortion clinics in nearby states, or to find free legal help or financial assistance if you need it. Connect with us anonymously at 855-458-0886.

I want an abortion, what do I do next? 

You will need to find a clinic that you can get to. You can look up the closest abortion clinics on ineedana.com. 

If you are under 18, you will need to understand the parental involvement requirements in the state that you are going to. You can look up the state you want to get an abortion in on If/When/How's Judicial Bypass Wiki. In some states, only parents or legal guardians can give permission or be notified of a young person's abortion. In other states, other adults like stepparents or grandparents can do so. Some states require an adult to give permission, while other states only require them to be told about the abortion. Depending on state law and the clinic's rules, an adult may need to speak to the clinic on the phone, receive a letter, sign a document, or come to the clinic in-person with the young person. On the other hand, some states, like Illinois, do not require parental involvement at all.

 

If you can involve a parent, guardian, or other adult, call the clinic you want to go to and ask them how you are required to involve an adult so that you can have your abortion there, and which adults in your life are allowed to give permission or be notified.

If you cannot involve your parent, guardian or other adult, you can go to court to ask a judge for permission to get an abortion through a process called "judicial bypass". You can get free legal help with judicial bypass in the state where you will have your abortion. To find help, you can call the clinic where you want to get your abortion and ask them if they can help you find legal help.

At any time in your process - right at the beginning, or any time along the way, you can text us at 855-458-0886, and we will be happy to help you find a clinic, learn about parental involvement requirements, and get you connected you with legal help.