Abortion Care Remains Safe + Legal in California

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Today, the US Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe vs. Wade. This means that abortion rights are no longer protected on the federal level, and instead state lawmakers have the power to ban or restrict – or protect abortion access.
Fortunately in California, our state leaders understand the importance of ensuring access to essential health services – including abortion.
California teens and adults have the right to get confidential abortion care and the recent Supreme Court decision does not change that. Advocates across the state are working with the legislature and Governor’s office to take numerous steps to further strengthen and expand current state laws and policies so that anyone who wants and needs an abortion, can have one.
Here are three more important things California teens need to know:
1. Medi-Cal Minor Consent Program: Teens under the age of 21 and living with their guardian can access free and confidential services related to abortion, birth control, pregnancy testing, and STI testing and treatment. You don’t need anyone’s permission to receive these services and health care providers aren’t allowed to share your health information with a parent or legal guardian unless you say it’s OK to do so. Undocumented youth are eligible for Minor Consent services and minors don’t have to state their citizenship or immigration status to get care.
2. Clinic Resources: TeenSource makes it easy to find a health clinic near you! Check out our clinic finder online or text the word “clinic” and your zip code to TeenSource Tips at 510-999-7878 to find a list of clinics closest to your area. Contact your local provider to see what sexual and reproductive health services they offer in-person or through telehealth.
If you need to go to a clinic in person, you have the right to take time off from school for health care appointments. Learn more about how to be prepared and make a step-by-step plan here.
3. Abortion Funds: If you or someone you know needs help paying for an abortion or getting to an abortion appointment, you may be able to get assistance from your local abortion fund. Learn more about California’s abortion funds here.
4. Pregnancy Options: If you or someone you know is pregnant, you can learn more about your pregnancy options and rights to access safe, free, and confidential services here.