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Reckon’s guide to abortion in Alabama

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the long-held right to an abortion for every American and left abortion access up to each state for the first time in 50 years. That led to most abortions being banned in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. We know more states have existing laws banning abortion that will soon take effect or will pass new laws to ban the procedure.

Information about abortion is changing quickly across the country. And in some states where abortion is already outlawed, healthcare professionals are navigating vague laws that raise questions about whether they’re able to share medically accurate information about the procedure.

Reckon is producing state-by-state guides to help our readers in states with bans understand where and how they can still find the science-based information they need about abortion. We relied on databases such as ineedana.com, talked to community-based abortion workers and verified information with local clinics.

Each guide includes information about current state law, information about the closest open abortion clinics and information about medication abortion.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), the country’s leading membership organization for OB-GYNs, reiterated shortly before thOe Supreme Court ruling that abortion is essential healthcare.

Editor’s note: The abortion landscape is evolving rapidly. Our coverage reflects the most up-to-date information we have at the time of publication. Please contact us if you see anything in our stories that should be updated.

About the law

Type of ban: Total

Exceptions: According to the law, only “in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.”

Are there doctors in state currently providing abortions?

No.

Alabama’s law makes performing an abortion a felony. The law does not make exceptions for victims of sexual assault. Providers face up to 99 years imprisonment for performing an abortion. While Alabama’s abortion ban does not criminalize patients for receiving abortions, state law may criminalize the act of helping to facilitate an abortion, even if that abortion occurs in another state. However, it’s unclear whether the state has that authority, how it could be enforced or to whom it may apply.

Access to abortion medication via telemedicine

Alabama law also bans access to abortion pills such as mifepristone via telemedicine or by mail by requiring a physician to examine the patient in person. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that states cannot ban mifepristone because it has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Who will enforce abortion-related laws?

Attorney General Steve Marshall and local prosecutors will enforce laws.

Marshall has not answered questions about how the law could be used to prosecute people who cross state lines to get an abortion or help people cross state lines to get an abortion, saying through a spokesman that his office is reviewing the matter.

Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr has signed a pledge stating that he will not prosecute abortions.

Closest abortion provider to major metro areas in Alabama (as identified by ineedana.com)

Birmingham Metro Area

Columbus Women’s Health Organization

  • Address: 3850 Rosemont Drive, Columbus, GA 31904
  • Phone: (706) 323-3816
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Old National Gynecology

  • Address: 6210 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30349
  • Phone: (770) 991-7552
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Carafem Health Center

  • Address: 1800 Peachtree St NW Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Phone: (855) 729-2272
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

A Preferred Women’s Health Center

  • Address: 519 Forest Parkway, Suite 100, Forest Park, GA 30297
  • Phone: (888) 665-4126
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Atlanta Women’s Center

  • Address: 235 West Wieuca Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
  • Phone: (404) 257-0057
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Summit Medical Centers

  • Address: 1874 Piedmont Ave NE 500E, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • Phone: (404) 607-0042
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Feminist Women’s Health Center

  • Address: 1924 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
  • Phone: (404) 728-7900
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Planned Parenthood, Asheville Health Center

  • Address: 68 McDowell St, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 252-7928
  • Abortions available up to 13 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Louisville

  • Address: 842 South 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40203
  • Phone: (317) 205-8088
  • In-clinic abortions up to 13 weeks, 6 days, and medication abortions up to 10 weeks

Huntsville Metro Area

Atlanta Women’s Center

  • Address: 235 West Wieuca Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
  • Phone: (404)257-0057
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Carafem Health Center

  • Address: 1800 Peachtree St NW Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Phone: (855) 729-2272
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Summit Medical Centers

  • Address: 1874 Piedmont Ave NE 500E, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • Phone: (404) 607-0042
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Feminist Women’s Health Center

  • Address: 1924 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
  • Phone: (404) 728-7900
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

North Florida Women’s Services

  • Address: 2412 West Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • Phone: (850) 877-3183
  • Abortions available up to 13 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Asheville Health Center

  • Address: 68 McDowell St, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Phone: (828) 252-7928
  • Abortions available up to 13 weeks, 6 days

Planned Parenthood, Louisville

  • Address: 842 South 7th Street, Louisville, KY 40203
  • Phone: (317) 205-8088
  • In-clinic abortions up to 13 weeks, 6 days, and medication abortions up to 10 weeks

Mobile Metro Area

Columbus Women’s Health Organization

  • Address: 3850 Rosemont Drive, Columbus, GA 31904
  • Phone: (706) 323-3816
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Planned Parenthood, Tallahassee Health Center

  • Address: 2618 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
  • Phone: (850) 574-7455
  • Abortions available up to 17 weeks, 6 days

North Florida Women’s Services

  • Address: 2412 West Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • Phone: (850) 877-3183
  • Abortions available up to 13 weeks, 6 days

Montgomery Metro Area

Columbus Women’s Health Organization

  • Address: 3850 Rosemont Drive, Columbus, GA 31904
  • Phone: (706) 323-3816
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Old National Gynecology

  • Address: 6210 Old National Highway, College Park, GA 30349
  • Phone: (770) 991-7552
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Carafem Health Center

  • Address: 1800 Peachtree St NW Suite 800, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Phone: (855) 729-2272
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

A Preferred Women’s Health Center

  • Address: 519 Forest Parkway, Suite 100, Forest Park, GA 30297
  • Phone: (888) 665-4126
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Atlanta Women’s Center

  • Address: 235 West Wieuca Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
  • Phone: (404) 257-0057
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Summit Medical Centers

  • Address: 1874 Piedmont Ave NE 500E, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • Phone: (404) 607-0042
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Feminist Women’s Health Center

  • Address: 1924 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
  • Phone: (404) 728-7900
  • Medication abortions available up to 6 weeks

Planned Parenthood, Tallahassee Health Center

  • Address: 2618 W Tennessee St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
  • Phone: (850) 574-7455
  • Abortions available up to 17 weeks, 6 days

North Florida Women’s Services

  • Address: 2412 West Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • Phone: (850) 877-3183
  • Abortions available up to 13 weeks, 6 days

Local notes:

Planned Parenthood Georgia is listed as a provider on sites like ineedana.com but is not currently providing abortions. People considering abortions should contact identified providers to make sure they have up-to-the-minute information about access.

Additional resources:

The Reckon state-by-state abortion guides were reported by Abbey Crain, Anna Claire Vollers, Anna Beahm, John Hammontree, Sarah Swetlik of the Alabama Education Lab and Erica Hensley of the Fuller Project. Clarissa Brooks, Alexis Wray, Katie Johnston, Madison Underwood and Abbey Crain provided graphics. R.L. Nave, John Hammontree, Ruth Serven Smith and Kelly Scott edited the guides.

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