- What is an abortion?
- I want an abortion. What should I expect?
- Knoxville Health Centers that provide abortions:
- Common Questions and Myths about Abortion
- Ending a Wanted Pregnancy
- How will I feel after my abortion? There are a variety of normal feelings to have after an abortion: relief, anger, happiness, frustration, consolation, sadness, light-heartedness. The experience is different for everyone, and there is no right or wrong way to feel. To read about other Tennessean abortion experiences check out the Tennessee Stories Project.
- Facts about abortion in Tennessee
- In Tennessee, the following restrictions on abortion were in effect as of January 1, 2017:
- A patient must receive state-directed counseling and then wait 48 hours or more before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and must take place before the waiting period begins, thereby necessitating two trips to the facility.
- Health plans offered in Tennessee’s health exchange under the Affordable Care Act may not provide coverage of abortion.
- The use of telemedicine to administer medication abortion is prohibited.
- The parent of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided.
- Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, sexual assault, or incest.
Who can I talk to about making this decision?
- You can call us at our support line (865-320-9085) to talk through your emotions, options, and resources. If you leave a voicemail about why you’re calling we will call you back within a few hours. Note: If you’re calling between the hours of 11pm-7am EST it may take us a few extra hours to get back to you.
- All-Options is a talkline that promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for people in all their decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion, both pre and post your decision. 1-888-493-0092. Open Mon-Fri 10-1am EST & Sat-Sun 10-6 EST. http://www.all-options.org
The majority of people seeking abortions are already parents. Depending on which abortion provider you chose to visit, children may or may not be brought to the clinic. Your doula will talk you through how long your visit will be based on which clinic you choose, as well as child-friendly activities in the area. Though we do not endorse any particular childcare facility we do provide the contact information for different facilities that accept drop-ins:
- Learning Adventures Family Child Care
- Kimberlycare In Home Childcare
- Sunshine Play School
- DHS lists childcare centers near both clinics on their website. Some of them take drop-ins and some do not.
There is no standard cost for an abortion because each provider has their own pricing procedures. Your doula can help you navigate financial questions and funding help. Here are a few different factors that affect the cost of an abortion:
- Gestational age and multiples: After the first trimester, the fee for the procedure may increase each week. Multiple pregnancies (i.e. twin pregnancies) may affect the fee.
- Negative blood type: If your blood type is negative, you will need to have an injection of immune globulin known as Rhogam. This is to protect future pregnancies you may have.
- Anesthesia: If you are having a surgical abortion in Knoxville, you will receive local anesthesia to the cervix, and you may have the option of moderate anesthesia in the form of a Stadol injection. If you need or prefer IV sedation or general anesthesia, our doulas will help you connect with providers in Atlanta and Nashville.
- Medications: Some clinics charge separately for medication used during or after the procedure, such as Stadol (a sedative) and Rhogam (for Rh negative blood types).
- Type of abortion: In general, a medical abortion is usually cheaper than a surgical abortion. However, there are multiple funding sources available to help patients have the procedure that is right for them.
- Qualification as low-income: Patients who qualify as low-income based on household size and monthly pay will automatically qualify for financial assistance.
For unbiased information about abortion and about other resources, including financial assistance, call the National Abortion Federation at 1-800-772-9100
Weekdays: 7:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M. Eastern time
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Access Reproductive Care – Southeast may be able to help you as well. If you would like to request financial assistance or practical support (rides, lodging, or escorting), please give them a call at (855) 227-2475 or submit an online support request.
If you live in Kentucky and are traveling outside the state for your abortion, the Kentucky Support Network may be able to help you find the money you need or to offer you practical support (like transportation, a language interpreter, or a place to stay overnight.)
To get help from the Kentucky Support Network, call the confidential hotline number, 855-576-4576, and leave a message. Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached, and whether it is safe to leave you a message. If you need them to call only at a certain time of day out of safety and privacy concerns, please be sure to detail that in your message as well. A hotline volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.
For information on local transportation and lodging options, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our support line at 865-320-9085.