Can You Travel to Another State for an Abortion?

Understanding abortion laws can feel disorienting, especially if you already feel overwhelmed by an unplanned pregnancy.

 

Some states have abortion restrictions, so women travel to other states for an abortion. If you’re considering an abortion, there are six things you should know before traveling!

 

1. Know About the Types of Abortion.

There are two types of abortion—surgical and medical abortion. Before you travel, you’ll want to understand the processes and risks of these procedures.

 

At Metroplex Women’s Clinic, we provide confidential and compassionate abortion information. Click here to learn more.

 

2. Know How Far Along You Are in Your Pregnancy.

Most abortion laws depend on your gestational age, or how far along you are in your pregnancy. Plus, a medical abortion, or abortion pill, has only been approved by the FDA for up to 10 weeks.1 If a woman has a regular menstrual period, then she can estimate her gestational age. But an ultrasound is the most exact way to figure out how far along you are.

 

Call Metroplex Women’s Clinic for a free ultrasound today.

 

3. Know the Laws in Your State.

Abortion is currently banned in Texas, except to preserve the life of the mother. This will not affect care for miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. A woman who seeks or obtains an abortion will not be held criminally or civilly liable under Texas law.2, 3

 

The majority of states with abortion restrictions do not prosecute women who choose an abortion. However, in some states, individuals who aid a woman in obtaining an abortion could be civilly prosecuted. This could include aiding with transportation or finances.

 

4. Know the Laws in Other States.

Although the Constitution protects a woman’s right to travel to another state for an abortion, abortion must be legal in that state.4 So, you’ll want to know the abortion laws in the state you plan to travel to. Other states could also have further restrictions such as required counseling, ultrasounds, or a waiting period before an abortion.

 

5. Know the Cost.

As of March 2024, abortion providers charge up to $800 for medical abortion or abortion pills.5 Surgical abortions can cost up to $1,150 in the first trimester, to $2,300 in the second trimester.6 These costs often include fees for ultrasounds, blood tests, medications, and follow-up appointments. Traveling for an abortion also includes the cost of travel, lodging, and even missing work. Additionally, Medicaid will not cover an abortion if you travel out of state.

 

At Metroplex Women’s Clinic, we can confirm your pregnancy and perform an ultrasound for free. We do not provide or refer for abortion services, but we want to empower you with the information you need about all of your pregnancy options.

 

Call us today at (817) 968-3886 for a confidential appointment. We will never share your pregnancy decision with anyone.

 

6. Know About Follow-Up.

As with any medical procedure, follow-up care is recommended to evaluate for complications. Complications from the abortion pills could include retained pregnancy tissue, heavy bleeding, allergic reaction, or infection.7 Whereas complications from a surgical abortion could include uterine perforation, infection, or bleeding.8

 

So, if you travel out of state, you’ll need to know how long you might need to remain in the state for follow-up with the abortion provider.

 

Abortion Information in Arlington, Texas

We understand that abortion may feel like the best option for you right now. Before you spend time, money, and energy on traveling out of state, consider scheduling a confidential appointment at Metroplex Women’s Clinic.

 

We provide free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and abortion information. We’re here to help you make an informed and empowered decision!

 

Please be aware that Metroplex Women’s Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services.

Sources

  1. FDA. (2023, January). Questions and Answers on Mifepristone for Medical Termination of Pregnancy Through Ten Weeks Gestation. https://www.fda.gov
  2. Health and Safety Code Chapter 170A. Performance of Abortion. Texas Constitution and Statutes. (2022, August 25). https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.170A.htm
  3. Health and Safety Code Chapter 171. Abortion. Texas Constitution and Statutes. (2021, September 1). https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/pdf/HS.171.pdf
  4. Justice Department Files Statement of Interest in Case on Right to Travel to Access Legal Abortions. (2023, November 9). https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-files-statement-interest-case-right-travel-access-legal-abortions
  5. The Hill. (2023, March 22). Abortion Costs Skyrocket After Overturn of Roe v. Wade. https://thehill.com
  6. The Atlantic. (2023, January 10). What Abortion Costs Now. https://www.theatlantic.com
  7. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2023, May). Practice Bulletin No. 225: Medical Management of First-Trimester Abortion. https://www.acog.org
  8. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2022, December). Practice Bulletin No. 239: Surgical Abortion Up to the Limit of Viability. https://www.acog.org