With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, many in California and across the nation are concerned about access to reproductive care. Fortunately, California has strong laws in place protecting reproductive freedom, including the right to safe and legal abortion.
Californians who believe their right to reproductive healthcare, including accessing abortion, has been violated should immediately file a complaint at https://oag.ca.gov/report.
Know Your Abortion Rights
California has strong laws in place protecting reproductive freedom, including the right to safe and legal abortion. In California:
- You have the right to an abortion before viability. You do not need to provide a reason for why you are seeking an abortion.
- You have the right to an abortion after viability to protect your life or your health.
- You have the right to confidentiality. If you are married, generally your spouse will not be notified about your abortion.
- You have the right to obtain an abortion without parental consent. If you are a minor, generally your parents or guardians will not be notified about your abortion.
- You have the right to have your prescription for medicine to bring about an abortion filled in a timely manner.
- You have the right to access abortion services for little-to-no charge. Abortion services should generally be covered by your health insurance.
- You have the right to have an abortion performed by a trained professional. Only authorized healthcare providers, such as licensed doctors, nurses-midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, with proper training, can perform abortions.
- You have the right to ask your healthcare provider if they have objections to certain forms of medical care. Healthcare providers are allowed to refuse to perform abortions for moral, ethical, or religious reasons.
WARNING: Crisis Pregnancy Centers
While crisis pregnancy centers may advertise a full range of reproductive health services, they do not provide abortion or abortion referrals, and usually do not provide birth control or other forms of contraceptives. Californians who are pregnant or believe they may be pregnant should know that:
- Crisis pregnancy centers do not provide abortion or abortion referral, and often times do not provide birth control or other forms of contraceptives;
- Crisis pregnancy centers may not be licensed medical clinics or be required to keep medical records private;
- Crisis pregnancy centers may attempt to delay appointments or provide misinformation about the legality or safety of abortions;
- Crisis pregnancy centers may provide inaccurate health information about a person’s pregnancy and other aspects of reproductive healthcare; and
- Crisis pregnancy centers often look like and are located near reproductive healthcare facilities that provide abortion.
More information on crisis pregnancy centers is available in English, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional), Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Hindi/Punjabi.
Californians who have been the victim or target of deceptive, misleading, unfair, or unlawful conduct should immediately file a complaint at https://oag.ca.gov/crisis-pregnancy-center-complaint.
There are a number of programs that assist Californians in accessing abortion care, including: