healthiest generation

Can I travel to the United States to get an abortion?

Someone asked us:

If abortion is illegal in my country and I need to have one, may I travel to the US and get the procedure done in one of your facilities? Even if I’m not an American citizen? Do I have to be 21 or do you consider 18 as adult age??

The short answer is yes, you can travel to the U.S. to access safe and legal abortion services. Here at Planned Parenthood, we believe that everyone deserves the highest quality care — no matter who they are and where they live — and that’s what we provide each and every day.

Our doors are open to everyone no matter their race, income, geography, citizenship status or gender identity. So as long as you have a valid passport and can afford to travel here and stay for the duration of your care, you can definitely travel to the United States to get an abortion at a Planned Parenthood health center.  

The longer answer is this: double check the law in your own country. Often, in countries where abortion seems to be illegal, it’s  actually legal in some cases. There are only six places where abortion is completely banned: Chile*, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Malta, and the Vatican City. In every other country, there are at least some cases where abortion is legal.

If you happen to live in one of these places where abortion is completely banned, or if other restrictions in your country prevent you from legally accessing abortion, there might be a country that’s closer to you than the U.S. where you can access a legal abortion. For resources on this, check out the website of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). IPPF is a global network of organizations that provide sexual and reproductive health information, education, and services around the world. You can look through a list of IPPF Member Associations (organizations in different countries that are part of the IPPF network) here.

Lastly, if you do decide to come to the U.S., make sure to check the laws of the state that you’re visiting, as lots of states have restrictions on abortion, like gestational limits (a cut off point after which you can’t get an abortion), or waiting periods. Many states require a parent to be involved in some way if you’re younger than 18 years old. If you’re 18 or older, you don’t need to involve anyone else.

Wishing you the best of luck.

-Lori at Planned Parenthood Global

(A note from your tumblr team: Planned Parenthood Global runs the Healthiest Generation tumblr — it’s a page that’s completely devoted to global sexual and reproductive health and rights. Check them out!)

*Chile currently has pending legislation that would allow abortion in cases of rape, when the life of the woman is in danger, and/or unviability of the fetus. It is pending in the Chilean Senate as of March 17, 2016.

Welcome to the Healthiest Generation.

We’re so excited to announce the launch of Healthiest Generation, a new Tumblr from Planned Parenthood Global that shares stories of sexual health and reproductive rights from around the world, with a focus on young people.

In Kenya, Planned Parenthood Global supports girls soccer clubs to include sex ed and contraceptive counseling as part of team training. Young women who participate in team sports are more confident, stay in school longer, and set more ambitious career goals.

Today, the struggle for health and rights is not just happening in your city or even just your country; our movement is global, reflecting the reality that health has no borders. Here, we’ll feature original content that shines a light on the work of Planned Parenthood’s partners on the ground in countries around the world. You can expect to find stories of badass changemakers from around the world; photos, videos and GIFs illuminating the front lines of this work; playlists with amazing music from countries across Latin America and Africa; expert analysis on U.S. foreign policy issues, and much more.

Healthiest Generation is curated by Lori Adelman and May Sifuentes, who comprise the communications team of Planned Parenthood Global. We’re so glad you’re joining us here. 

Here at Planned Parenthood, we believe that everyone deserves health care — regardless of your race, your resources, or your zip code. And now, thanks to Obamacare, millions of black Americans have access to critical preventive services like birth control and cancer screenings. In February, as we celebrate Black History Month, we remember the past leaders who fought for equality and justice for all people.  We also thank the current trailblazers who are working to increase access to health care throughout the country.