Helpful Abortion Care Resources
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Helpful Abortion Care Resources

Plan C is a useful, easy-to-navigate directory of vetted abortion pill providers. Its website also provides well-researched, up-to-date information about abortion care.

Pros

  • Multiple providers listed in each state

  • Notes if a service could be legally risky to use

  • Indicates whether financial assistance is available

If you’re looking for an abortion pill provider for a self-managed abortion, it can be difficult to tell whether a service is legitimate or a scam. Plan C is an organization that verifies the prescriber and abortion medications offered before including the provider in its directory.

Created by the National Women’s Health Network, Plan C lists online pharmacies, telehealth services, and in-person clinics that prescribe abortion pills. To find a provider near you, enter your state or territory in the search bar. (all 50 are listed, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa). The providers’ listing shows the cost of the pill, average shipping time, and ages served, as well as whether the resource offers financial assistance, virtual appointments, or clinician support.

Plan C also provides information about the legal risks of using these services if you live in a trigger state, and other helpful information—like minimum client age and the maximum number of weeks pregnant—is organized in an easy-to-skim format.

Plan C stands out because it has tested each service by ordering the abortion pills from resources to check that these providers are trustworthy. However, the site does state that you should proceed with caution if you live in a trigger state given the ever-changing legal landscape in the U.S. surrounding abortion care. It also offers links to financial support, legal support, and phone support.

It is worth noting that the site does use cookies, data that websites automatically save to store certain information about your visit. There are risks to allowing cookies because third parties can potentially track your internet history, collect your personal data, and then sell it. This is especially dangerous for those living in states where you can be prosecuted for having an abortion. Your online history can then be used against you in court if you are being tried for a suspected abortion. In addition, because Plan C is a directory, you must leave the site to go to an outside site (online pharmacy, telehealth service, etc) to order abortion pills. This further adds to your digital history if you do not take precautions to protect your digital privacy. Thus, the website encourages users to use a VPN, or virtual private network, to hide their IP address and personal data. We recommend NordVPN.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/helpful-abortion-care-resources-5649884