Our Compendium of Practical Information

Mar 12, 2015 | Practical Information

Obtaining abortion care in this political climate is unfortunately fraught with hurdles and roadblocks. In addition to the emotional support you need for dealing with the realities of ending your wanted pregnancy due to fetal or maternal health problems, you may also need a lot of practical information. What are the medical procedures involved? How do you find a provider? Will your insurance cover your procedure? What are the reproductive health laws where you live? What are doulas and how can they help me? What do you do when your milk comes in? We put together this compendium to help you find the information you need.

Abortion Procedures

Searching for descriptions of termination procedures online may result in a glut of upsetting misinformation designed to frighten or make you feel guilty. For your peace of mind, we’ve done the searching for you and found straightforward, factual information on the most common procedures from objective, respected medical websites.


First trimester:

WebMD Dilation & Cutterage (also called “D&C”)


Second or third trimester:

WebMD Induction (also called labor & delivery or “L&D”)

WebMD Dilation & Evacuation (also called “D&E”)

ANSIRH: What Happens During Later Abortions?

ANSIRH: Countering Misinformation—What Do We Know About Fetal Pain?

Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination by induction, labor & delivery (L&D)

Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination by dilation & extraction (D&E)

Our personal stories involving pregnancy termination after 24 weeks gestation

Abortion Laws and Policies by Geographic Location

Guttmacher Institute: State-by-state listing of later-term abortion policies (PDF)

Guttmacher Institute: Mandatory Counseling and Waiting Periods by State (PDF)

ANSIRH: Access Map (US)

NARAL: Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States

NARAL: Interactive map to learn about laws in your state

International Consortium for Medical Abortion: Second-Trimester Abortion Law Globally

ANSIRH: Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions Project

Finding a Care Provider

Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Care Finder tool

National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline 1-800-722-9100

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Abortion Resources & Support

Abortion Care Network A network of independent abortion providers, allies, and individuals who provide quality care for women.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Arrange a private pregnancy termination in the U.K.

All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center (formerly Backline)

Women on Web—An international collective of women helping women access reproductive care around the globe.

Avoiding Anti-Choice Zealot Medical Professionals

AAPLOG’s Search Feature provides you a list of “pro-life” OBs/Gyns in your area. If a care provider you are considering using shows up in a search there, you will know to avoid them because they are probably an anti-choice zealot who will not respect your decisions. Note: AAPLOG stands for American Association of Pro-Life Physicians. It is an anti-choice website, so be careful about what information you share with them. You can search AAPLOG by state without entering your email address.

Insurance Issues

ANSIRH: Insurance Coverage and Obtaining Referrals

NARAL: Fast Facts on Insurance Issues & Prohibitions

Abortion Clinics Online: Clinics that Accept Insurance

Finding Funding

National Network of Abortion Funds

Abortion Funds Available by State

The Brigid Alliance (helps with funding when travel is required for pregnancy termination)

Q&A: How Did You Handle the Financial Burden?

Pro-Choice Advocacy

National Women’s Health Network: Why Restrictions on Later-Term Abortion Care Impact All of Us.

Impact of the Hyde Amendment – Fact Sheet (PDF)

LSRJ—Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Abortion Conversation Project, Inc.—A resource for open and honest conversations about pregnancy termination

Medical Students for Choice—Tomorrow’s reproductive healthcare providers and pro-choice physicians

Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Information

Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Index – An index of posts compiled by the editors of Ending a Wanted Pregnancy providing a brief, plain English description of various diagnoses and links to trusted medical resources discussing the disease, defect or syndrome.

Abortion Doulas

A doula is a caregiver specially trained to support you physically and emotionally during childbirth. Abortion doulas (also called “radical doulas” or “full-spectrum doulas”) are specially trained to provide you compassionate and empowering support you before, during and after your pregnancy termination.

Bay Area Doula Project

Boston Doula Project

Colorado Doula Project

The Doula Project-NYC

Full Spectrum Doulas-PNW

Jacqui Morton

Aftercare in the Aftermath

Private Support Group

The Ending a Wanted Pregnancy Survival Guide

Help! My Milk Came In!

Exhale Pro-Voice Talk Line

Workbook (free download): A Guide to Emotional & Spiritual Resolution After Abortion

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