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Ask the Experts
How far along can you be before you can’t get an abortion?
Different states have different laws about how late in a pregnancy a woman can get an abortion. These laws apply to abortion providers within a given state, so it doesn’t matter what state the patient lives in — just the state where the abortion happens. Across the board, abortions are very infrequently performed anytime after the 24th week of pregnancy, and at that point are usually done only for health reasons.
It also depends on which type of abortion you’re talking about. There are two kinds of abortion — in-clinic abortion and medication abortion (also sometimes called the abortion pill). The abortion pill can only be used in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. If you’re more than nine weeks pregnant, you can have an in-clinic abortion.
If you’re pregnant and thinking about your options, it’s important to take time to make the decision that’s right for you. But it’s also important to make that decision as soon as possible. Abortion is safe, but like all medical procedures, there are risks. The chances of these risks increases the longer you’re pregnant. You may want to talk with the staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center about your pregnancy options.