Remember Savita and the importance of access to safe and legal abortion in the United States and around the world. Please share this in support.
Someone asked us:
My best friend just found out she is pregnant a few days ago. She doesn’t feel ready to raise a child, so I told her I would take her to Planned Parenthood if she was up to it, but she is living in fear that her extremely anti-choice parents will find out if she gets an abortion. She called me earlier and told me that she is going to take mass quantities of vitamin C to try to self abort. Will this work? I’m really worried that this will hurt her. Is this safe to do?
It is absolutely NOT safe for her to take mass quantities of any medication, even vitamins, in an attempt to end her pregnancy. She could seriously hurt herself and even put her life in danger. Intentionally overdosing is no guarantee of ending a pregnancy and it could be incredibly dangerous.
Depending on how old she is and in what state she lives, there may be laws that could require her parents to either be notified or to give their consent before she has an abortion. However, in all states with these restrictions a judge can excuse a minor from having to get permission or tell their parents (this is called judicial bypass). Check out our website for the laws in your state.
Lastly, she can always visit her local Planned Parenthood to learn what her options are. Having more information and someone to answer questions can really help as she considers her pregnancy options.
Being confronted with an unwanted pregnancy can be an emotional experience for anyone. It can be especially difficult for a young person who feels alone, embarrassed, or ashamed. Your friend is very lucky to have you looking out for her. Thank you for being there for her.
-Nathan at Planned Parenthood
Someone asked us:
Q. What’s going to happen now that Arizona has cut off funding for Planned Parenthood? I rely on PP for my birth control, will I be unable to get it now?
If you’re concerned, you’re not alone. Planned Parenthood Arizona provides essential, lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, breast health services, Pap tests, and testing and treatment of STDs to tens of thousands of Arizonans. The new law could result in the elimination of all Medicaid funding for patients cared for at Planned Parenthood health centers, which would directly affect 4,000 patients.
Planned Parenthood Arizona is committed to providing high quality reproductive health care services at an affordable price. If you’re a patient, contact the health center to get the latest information on how these laws could impact available funding and learn about alternate payment options to help cover your visit.
Of course, you can always get involved to help fight legislation and policies that negatively impact access to women’s health care. Click the “Get Involved” link at the top of the page and then spread the word both online and off.