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
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*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.