Providers know that abortion is essential, time-sensitive healthcare; They are doing the best they can to remain open as long as possible to provide services, while also working hard to ensure the safety of their patients and staff.
Most Ohio clinics are still providing care, but to comply with the Ohio Department of Health orders they may have reduced the number of surgical abortions they are providing. You may have to choose to either wait (which can increase costs) or you may have to travel out-of-state to receive care sooner. Learn more HERE. No matter where you go though, we're here to help and we are working with other abortion funds and out of state clinics to help you access the care you need.
Here are things that you should know if you are seeking an abortion during this health crisis:
- Contact your clinic on the day of any office visits, prior to coming to the site. The clinic will work to inform you as quickly as possible if there is a closure, but you might want to double-check.
- If you are able to, bring your own supplies (i.e. wipes, hand sanitizer, soap). Clinics are stocked with these items, but there is currently a national shortage.
- Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
- Sneeze and cough into tissues or your elbows.
- It is now recommended by the CDC that people wear a mask when going into public. The clinic may provide you with one, but it is best to wear your own.
- Try to keep your distance from other patients whenever possible. If you can, leave 6 feet of space between you and other patients and staff. If you are comfortable enough to come to the clinic without a support person, leave them outside and have them pick you up once the procedure is complete in order to minimize the number of people in the waiting room.
- Do NOT come to the clinic if you feel ill or are showing symptoms of a respiratory illness. If you are running a fever, you must stay home and reschedule. We understand a number of factors may cause you to consider coming in for services anyway. Please reconsider – we promise to find a way to get you care that is safe for everyone.
- Don’t roll down windows to talk to protestors. They are not social distancing and it could put you at risk
Special considerations for those who may have to take public transportation (bus, train, airplane) to get a procedure:
- Double-check schedules. Many cities are reducing routes and frequencies for public buses or trains because of city shutdowns and risk-minimizing protocols. Airlines are furloughing employees and domestic travel is being limited and may potentially be banned for non-essential flights. Schedule as early as possible but also be aware that these travel options may soon not be available.
- Practice social distancing as much as possible in transit. Try to maintain distance from other travelers by utilizing empty seats in vehicles and lobbies.
- Be aware of restrictions in whichever cities you may visit. Some cities are limiting access to restaurants to take out only. Some grocery and convenience stores may be closed. Try to take as much of your own food and supplies (sanitary pads, Tylenol, tissues) as you can to be prepared for any shortages or shutdowns.
*Some cities have made public transportation fares free during this time. Please check with your city’s public transit provider to see.*