“Across the nation, reproductive rights are under attack. Mere minutes after a far-right Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, Missouri became the first state to ban abortion outright. Make no mistake: this is not just an assault on our bodily autonomy — this is class warfare and white supremacy at work too. Black women and people with low-incomes will be disproportionately harmed by this ruling, and people will lose their lives as a result of this disastrous decision by the Supreme Court.
Abortion care is health care and health care is a human right.
For me, this is personal. I’ve talked before about how and why I chose to terminate my pregnancy after I was sexually assaulted in 1994. That decision was the hardest one I’ve ever made, but it was right for me, and it altered the course of my life. I can’t describe the rage I feel now when I think that today’s Supreme Court would have tried to force me to carry my rapist’s child.
This is a moment of crisis, and it’s on all of us to act, because we are powerful beyond belief. That’s what this page is about. We’ve assembled a one-stop hub to help people understand their rights, how you can still access the health care you need, and what you can do to help us make lasting change in Missouri and across the country.
We are not powerless, and we will not stop until abortion care is legal everywhere. Together, we will build the future we deserve.”
Are you a Missourian who needs to access abortion care?
Despite the state-level ban in Missouri, abortion care is legal in many states and people in need of care can still access it. If you’re in Missouri, you will likely need to travel outside the state to get an abortion, unless you qualify for an exception. Exceptions are very limited and include:
- To save the pregnant person’s life; or
- To preserve the pregnant person’s physical health.
If you don’t qualify for one of those exceptions, it is still legal for you to leave Missouri and get abortion care out of state.
- Use this abortion provider search to find an out-of-state provider, and call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. If you’re having trouble getting an appointment or need other help related to getting an abortion, call the National Abortion Federation Hotline at 1-800-772-9100.
- Keep in mind that some states require a waiting period. This means you may have to schedule one appointment for a counseling session, then wait a required amount of time before having your abortion appointment.
- If you’re younger than age 18, consider that many states require you to get permission from a parent or guardian to get an abortion. If you plan to travel to a state that requires the involvement of a parent or guardian and you need to avoid that, you could see if you’re eligible to get a judicial bypass. For more information about getting a judicial bypass, contact the If/When/How Judicial Bypass (JB) Helpline. To contact the JB Helpline, call 844-868-2812 or submit a request online.
For many Missourians, the cost of travel can feel like an overwhelming barrier preventing you from seeking care. There are resources available to help.
There are organizations that specialize in this help, and who offer one or all of the following: financial assistance for your abortion, support for travel, childcare, lodging, and more. Please note that most require you to have scheduled an appointment before you can start applying for assistance.
If you schedule an appointment out of state, you can also try to search for assistance in the state where your appointment will be.
STL Metro Area Regional Logistics Center
Do you live in St. Louis and need assistance in order to access reproductive health care? The Regional Logistics Center can help with:
- Travel arrangements
- Lodging arrangements
- Financial needs, including connecting you with resources like abortion funds
- Other practical support needs
For more information, call 618-607-5080 for additional support.
Missouri Abortion Fund (MoAF)
Missouri Abortion Fund offers financial assistance to any Missouri resident who cannot afford an abortion. Missouri Abortion Fund works direcrly with their partner clinics. When scheduling your appointment ask about assistance from MoAF. https://mofund.org/
Right by You
Right By You offers a text chat line that advises Missourians that are seeking help with accessing information about abortion care, adoption, or parenting.
Textline Hours: Mon, Tues & Thurs 5-8pm CT and Weds & Fri 3-6pm CT
Do you live outside Missouri and need help accessing abortion care?
If you need information on your state’s laws or legal help, you may consider this website: AbortionFinder.org
Do you need legal assistance with abortion care?
If you are in need of legal help around abortion care services, including self-managing abortions, abortion care, judicial bypass and understanding your rights, please visit the repro info helpline at If/When/How.
Are you someone who wants to help people access abortion care?
Low-income Black communities will disproportionately suffer at the hands of cruel and restrictive anti-abortion legislation. That’s why we’re centering the Black organizers and collectives on the frontlines of the reproductive justice movement. You should consider donating to these 13 Black-led feminist organizations helping to provide abortion care to people across the country who need help. 100% of your donation will go to these organizations.
Are you interested in learning about long-term policy solutions to ensure abortion access across the country?
A COMPREHENSIVE ROADMAP TO PROTECTING REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
- Demand the Senate abolish the filibuster and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act to codify the right to abortion care.
- Call on your Senators or Representative to support the Judiciary Act to expand the Supreme Court by four seats — and don’t forget to ask them to support term limits.
- Demand that the Biden-Harris administration declare a national public health emergency and open up resources to support people in need of abortion care.
- Demand Congress repeal the discriminatory Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal funding for abortion care and mandate that all health insurers cover abortion care, including Medicaid and Medicare.
- Demand that the Biden-Harris administration protect and increase access to medication abortion, including expanding telehealth services.
- Demand the Department of Health and Human Services establish an office of Sexual Reproductive Health & Wellbeing to oversee a national sexual and reproductive health care strategy.
- Demand that Congress pass legislation to provide resources for individuals seeking abortion care in other states, such as vouchers for travel, childcare services, housing, doula care, and other forms of support and protect the right to travel free of interference from anti-abortion states.
- Demand that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services enforce the “Free Choice of Provider” requirement guaranteeing low-income Medicaid patients the freedom to seek family planning services from a provider of their choosing to prevent states like Missouri from blocking access to essential family planning services.
- Demand that the Department of Justice examine federal pathways to prevent state efforts to criminalize of abortion care, including use of federal property.
- Demand Congress pass the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act to address the maternal mortality crisis and improve health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum people.
- Urge the Biden-Harris to use its executive authority to safeguard data privacy rights and prevent tracking or prosecution of pregnancy support services and abortion care.
- Demand the Biden-Harris administration direct the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue rules to prohibit deceptive or misleading advertising related to the provision of abortion services. Anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers purposely spread false information to dissuade people from getting the reproductive health care they need, including abortion care.
- Demand Congress pass the Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act to fund and expand access to comprehensive sexual health education, which includes education inclusive of LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities.
- Demand Congress pass legislation to abolish the Electoral College and ensure that whoever wins the popular vote, wins the presidency.
- In addition to Roe, demand Congress codify our rights to birth control, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage as decided by landmark cases Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.
- Demand Congress strip the Court of its power to invalidate federal laws that protect our fundamental rights, such as our rights to reproductive health, voting, marriage equality
- Demand Congress pass my People’s Response Act to invest in a non-carceral health-based response to community safety, and prevent efforts to ramp up policing, surveillance, criminalization, and incarceration of people seeking abortion care or suffering through pregnancy loss.
- Demand Congress support legislative efforts to dismantle punitive institutions that threaten and rip apart families, and transform our broken child welfare system.
- Call on your Member of Congress to support Medicare For All to establish a national single-payer health care system that would guarantee free health care coverage to every person, including coverage for abortion care.
- Demand Congress enact a federal minimum wage of at least $15, national paid family and medical leave, universal preschool and childcare, fully funded public education, and guaranteed affordable housing for all.
PROTECT ABORTION RIGHTS AT THE BALLOT BOX
- Vote, vote, vote. Vote like our lives depend on it, because they do.
- GOTV. Mobilize, organize, and strategize within your local community and support sexual and reproductive rights champions up and down the ballot who will unequivocally support efforts to protect reproductive freedom and affirm the right to abortion care.
- Block abortion bans. Find out if your state has ballot initiatives or state laws that would ban abortion care and organize in your local community to block them.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 16 states and the District of Columbia have laws that protect the right to abortion. If your state hasn’t already, organize and/or join an effort to adopt a state ballot initiative to protect reproductive freedom, including abortion care.