Pre-Abortion Resources

Abortion 101

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

Childcare

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:

Financial Resources

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 knoxabortiondoulacollective@gmail.com or call our support line at 865-320-9085.