As of 11/23/20
What are my options in DC and the DMV?
- Laws about abortion differ in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
- If you need to talk to someone, All Options runs a free hotline and provides nonjudgmental options counseling on unintended pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption. Call (888) 493-0092 to access their toll-free talkline.
- National Abortion Federation (NAF) provides information on options and how to evaluate if you think you may be pregnant. They also can help you determine if you require financial assistance.
Where can I get services and do I have to go to a clinic? What about contraception?
- The need for an abortion does not stop during a crisis or pandemic! Currently reproductive health clinics in the DMV are OPEN and considered essential businesses. Many clinics are adjusting hours and numbers of patients they are able to see at a given time, so make sure to call ahead of time if you can. All clinics are requiring or requesting that patients wear a mask, and most are requiring you to make an appointment ahead of time.
- Many of the clinics listed under our “Accessing Prenatal Care” section offer options counseling (medication vs. surgical abortion, adoption, etc.) and contraception care. They may also be able to give you a recommendation for an abortion clinic near you. Some, including Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center and Forestville Pregnancy Center, also offer post-abortion support and recovery.
- Carafem continues to provide birth control, abortion care, and STI testing. If you have a D.C. or Maryland address, you may be eligible for medication abortion via telehealth.
- Planned Parenthood of Metro DC is open for in-person visits and offers telehealth appointments on applicable services 7 days a week.
- Falls Church Healthcare Center in Virginia offers many different options for abortion care.
- This is not an exhaustive list, but there are several other clinics providing abortion in the DMV.
To discuss with your doctor:
- Self-managed medical abortion (“No-Touch Medication Abortion”) is an option at this time under the care and supervision of a medical provider. For more information please contact your doctor or one of the providers listed above.
- The M+A Hotline is a resource to for people who are completing a medication abortion at home, or who think they may be miscarrying. You may text or call (833) 246-2632 and speak with a physician. The number is staffed from 10AM-10PM and they will respond within an hour.
Resources for providers:
- The World Health Organization publishes guidelines on the medical management of abortion. NAF and the Reproductive Health Access Project have recently published new protocols for No-Touch Medication Abortion to support providers during COVID-19.
- The Repro Legal Helpline offers guidance and information about people’s rights regarding self-managed abortion. The laws and legal precedent of this topic are complex; it is important to know what your rights are. Call their hotline at (844) 868-2812 or refer to their website to submit questions via their secure webform.
Where can I get financial assistance or practical support for an abortion?
- DC Abortion Fund (DCAF): DCAF provides financial support for individuals of any age who lack resources to access abortion care. They run a free, confidential helpline in English and Spanish at (202) 452-7464. A case manager will return your voicemail. Residents of DC, MD, and VA, or those traveling to the area for abortion care are eligible for funding.
- National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF): This is a network of abortion funds throughout the country. They can help connect you to other resources.
- NAF Hotline: NAF also operates a free, anonymous, multi-lingual hotline for abortion referrals and financial assistance. Call (800) 772-9100 to reach them (there may be very long wait times).
- DC Abortion Practical Support Network (DAPSN) currently offers practical support, ie. clinic escorts and rides with COVID precautions (wearing masks, having hand sanitizer available etc). They can be contacted via email: email@example.com and have coordinators monitoring the email around the clock. At this time they cannot offer housing to those traveling into the DMV for an abortion.
- Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center offers medical, legal, adoption, and housing referrals to those who need it.
- The Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project supports the full spectrum of pregnancy options, and they may be able to help you with resources for the abortion. Please call 888-847-1593 on the 1st and the 15th of the month (when their funding cycles begin) and leave a detailed message. For Spanish Language Accessible Funding dial that same number with extension 105, and for Inmate Rights Funding use extension 106.
- The Blue Ridge Abortion Fund has been serving individuals who need help paying for abortion care since 1989.
- First trimester: Funding support is available for those who live in central and western parts of Virginia (for northern Virginia, Richmond, or Tidewater areas they recommend The DC Abortion Fund or Richmond Reproductive Freedom Project).
- Second trimester: funding support is available to callers throughout Virginia. Please call 434-963-0669.
- The Baltimore Abortion Fund is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to people who live in Maryland for abortion care. Please call 443-297-9893 and leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, how many weeks pregnant you are, the date of your doctor’s appointment (if you have already made an appointment), and whether or not it is OK for them to leave you a voicemail.
- If you are on Medicaid/Maryland Medical Assistance, you may be able to get your abortion covered, click here for more information.