Abortion Information and Resources
Abortion is Essential Healthcare, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, explains why abortion access is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where can I get an abortion in Louisiana?
Below is a full listing of abortion clinics in Louisiana. Be sure to only go to one of the abortion clinics listed on this page. All other clinics do NOT offer abortion services and you will have to redo your pregnancy options counseling and sonogram at the clinic where you will have your abortion.
How much do abortions cost? How will I pay for my abortion?
The cost of an abortion varies depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy and which abortion clinic you choose. The average cost of an abortion is around $500 in the first trimester, and will greatly increase to $850 or more in the second trimester. The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the less expensive the abortion will be.
It is very important to make the appointment for your abortion as soon as you are certain that you want to terminate your pregnancy, as the cost will increase rapidly. If you are concerned about paying for the procedure, ask the clinic if they have any funds that can help you pay for it or if your insurance will cover some of the cost of the procedure. The cost of an abortion might also vary depending on the clinic, so make sure to call the clinics in your area to see which one will be most affordable for you.
Help with paying for your abortion:
If you are unable to pay for your abortion, the New Orleans Abortion Fund may be able to help you.
Do your best to not delay your abortion because of monetary concerns–the cost of the abortion will only increase. Be sure to explore all funding options and payment plans before delaying your appointment.
How far into my pregnancy can I have an abortion?
Louisiana law allows you to have a surgical abortion up to 20 weeks (5 months) into your pregnancy, unless you have severe health problems or there is a fetal abnormality. Louisiana law measures pregnancy by gestational age, but most clinics measure by last menstrual period (LMP). Usually 20 weeks gestational age is about 22 weeks LMP, so some clinics in Louisiana offer abortions until 21.6 weeks LMP. The abortion pill, or medication abortion, is only available until about nine weeks into your pregnancy, and is not offered by all clinics. If you have not yet confirmed with a clinic how far along you are in your pregnancy, think back to the first day of your last normal menstrual period and count the number of weeks since that day to get an estimate of how far along you are. If you can’t remember, or if your last period was unusually light, you may need to get a sonogram to determine your gestation.
The farther along you are in your pregnancy, the more expensive the abortion will be. Louisiana law requires that you receive a sonogram prior to having an abortion, so make your appointment for a sonogram sooner rather than later to determine exactly how far along you are and to make sure you don’t delay the pregnancy until an abortion becomes very expensive.
You can only have an abortion in Louisiana after 20 weeks if there is a medical emergency.
Is it legal to get an abortion in Louisiana if I’m under 18?
It is legal to get an abortion in Louisiana, even if you are a minor.
Can young people get abortions without parental permission?
If you are under 18 and want to get an abortion but cannot notify or get the consent from one parent or legal guardian, you can apply to get permission from a judge, instead. This is called a judicial bypass. It is entirely confidential—your parents will not be involved. Lift Louisiana can help you apply for your judicial bypass and will find you an attorney, free of cost, who will go to court with you.
If you want to get an abortion without parental consent, click here.
Is it safe for a young person to get an abortion?
Yes. Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures available, and is significantly safer than childbirth. If you are feeling nervous about the procedure, talk to the doctor at the abortion clinic where you will be getting your abortion about what it entails. Check out this fact sheet from the National Abortion Federation to learn more, or these FAQs from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
If you are interested in learning more about the safety and potential side effects of medication abortion (abortion with pills) compared to the surgical abortion procedure (aspiration abortion, before 14 weeks), you can look at this comparison of the two from USCF.
What if I need to have an abortion in another state?
The National Abortion Federation has a list of abortion providers here.
What are the laws in other states?
Each state has their own laws, codifying, regulating and limiting whether, when and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion. If you are seeking an abortion in another state, knowing what restrictions are in place may help you decide where to go. You can find information about some of these restrictions for each state here.
Where can I learn more about abortion?
- CanIGetAnAbortionInLouisiana.com: a website project that is aimed at disseminating information about getting an abortion in Louisiana.
- Abortionpillinfo.org: a secure website with information about safe abortion with pills and a secure portal where women can get information about how to self-manage their abortion safely, minimizing legal risk, and with dignity.
- Reprolegalhelpline.org: a free, confidential helpline where you can get information about your legal rights regarding self-managed abortion.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: ACOG answers commonly asked questions about the various methods of abortions, risks and side effects, when and where the procedures are performed, and what the patient may experience following an abortion.
- Planned Parenthood: Find information specifically for teens about birth control, sex, pregnancy options, relationships, STIs, and more.
- National Abortion Federation: Information about pregnancy options, what to expect before and after your abortion, help finding an abortion provider, and myths and facts about abortion.
- My Sistahs: Learn about HIV/AIDS, STIs, birth control, abortion, sexual violence, and healthy relationships from young women of color.
- Yo Soy: National campaign to end the stigma and silence around sex education, birth control, abortion, & young parenting within the Latina/o community.
- Guttmacher: Learn the cold, hard facts about the safety of abortion, abortion laws in each state, abortion incidence, etc.