What is really takes to get an abortion in the United States. Infographic by Third Wave Foundation.
[photo: infographic. there is a person reaching into a suitcase. in the suitcase are various items that connect with the categories below:
“WHAT IT REALLY TAKES TO GET AN ABORTION
The clock clicking: With every few days that passes, an abortion becomes more expensive - and fewer clinics will perform them.
Escort: The outside of a clinic is often surrounded by protesters. A volunteer escort can help you enter a clinic amidst intimidation and threats.
Government-issued ID: From clinics to courts to hotels, many institutions along the way require an official ID. Without proof of legal residency, you are not eligible for Medicaid coverage of your abortion.
House key: Without a permanent residence, it is difficult if not impossible to secure a line of credit or register for Medicaid or other public benefits in order to pay.
Transport: Only 13% of US counties an abortion provider, and of those, state laws further restrict their ability to operate. Many people must travel in order to find a provider, adding additional cont.
Credit card & cash: Most clinics only accept cash. Many hotels require a credit card and deposit. Without both a line of credit and available cash, it can be impossible to have an abortion.
Blood test: Depending on your blood type, clinics may charge up to hundreds of dollars in additional fees to cover the costs of an unlikely transfusion,
Cell phone: A secure, safe way to make calls to clinics, abortion funds, and hotels is necessary to coordinate an abortion.
Lodgings: If travel is required to reach a clinic, or if your procedure is scheduled over multiple days, the clinic may require proof of lodging at a hotel, adding unforeseen costs.
Judicial bypass: Many states require consent or notification of a parent or guardian for minors seeking an abortion. The only exception to this law is if a minor obtains a judicial bypass. Even if successful, the time it takes to process a bypass can result in a much more expensive procedure.
Ultrasound: Every clinic requires a sonogram, which adds extra cost. If the clinic cannot legally perform an abortion due to how many weeks pregnant you are, your new clinic must perform their own sonogram. Some states mandate expensive medical imaging that goes beyond determining trimester, adding further financial and psychological burden.”]
GOP, doesn’t it say something that no matter how difficult and expensive you make it, people are still getting abortions?
How the new legislation that has been enacted by several states over the past year and a half doesn’t violate Casey v. Planned Parenthood really doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not a lawyer but these laws are clearly placing an undue burden on the pregnant person specifically to attempt to delay the pregnancy until the point of viability. I’m honestly floored that there doesn’t appear to be anyone challenging these unnecessary laws.
Look at everything a person needs to get an abortion. What if you get a judicial bypass because you can’t tell your parents but then you’re not old enough to check into a hotel and none of your friends are, either? What if you don’t have a credit card or a cell phone? This is so, so disappointing.
I don’t think that all of these are so unrealistic though… A blood test? A state issued i.d. ? Really? Getting a sonogram? A cell phone… I think everyone needs a to take a chill pill, its just for your safety as well as making sure they’re following requirements so they don’t get shut down or hurt someone.
A sonogram isn’t an outlandish requirement, but an extra one that is state mandated, like the ones in Oklahoma, that are done 24-48 hours before you’re allowed to get an abortion are. They are not done for any medical reason, rather they are done to basically shame the person getting the abortion. The sonogram performed for medical reasons does not need to be shown to the person waiting for their abortion, the state-mandated “shaming sonograms” not only require that the person look at them but have a detailed explanation of what they are looking at. They are not allowed to look away or close their eyes and, of course, they have to pay extra for these extraneous sonograms.
A blood test; also not a big deal but a judicial bypass? A house key? Proof of hotel stay? A credit card? Government issued ID? That’s probably not a big deal for you or I but what about a person who may not be in this country legally? I guess it’s a back-alley abortion for them (a lot of undocumented citizens actually think abortion is illegal here anyway and end up in the hospital because of it). Or someone who is too young to have a government issued ID?
One thing that is implied, but not flat out listed on this graphic, is the mandatory waiting periods people have to deal with.
anti-choice lines up the hoops for you to jump through in the hopes that the clock will run out and you will become unable to have an abortion. Any one of these things could be considered reasonable by themselves, but all of them together will be difficult for many people. On top of this add the mandatory waiting periods, the enforced visit to a Crisis Pregnancy Center to be preached at, and whatever else they come up with next. It’s basically harassment, every bit as much as the protesters lined up outside every clinic.