I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the phone with someone in a crisis and been told, “We don’t have an abortion clinic in Birmingham.”
They’ve gone from one of the most restrictive abortion facilities in the country to one of most welcoming to abortion.
But Alabama has some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to abortion procedures.
What can you do about it?
Here are some tips to help you find out.
Ask a few questions.
Alabama’s Department of Health says it will take the position that abortion procedures are “contraceptive” under state law, but it does not provide any specific guidelines for how to find an abortion provider.
“It is the responsibility of the patient to determine whether or not an abortion is medically necessary,” the state’s Department says in a statement.
“The patient should contact the provider to determine if an abortion will be necessary.”
A physician or an abortion specialist can refer you to an abortion doctor or an obstetrician if you’re not sure.
Talk to the provider.
The best way to learn about abortion in Alabama is to talk to the providers who provide the procedure, which can include doctors and health centers.
The providers are often willing to give you an accurate picture of the procedure’s risks, and they’ll also give you information about what other women might have experienced.
“If I had to guess, I’d say there are a lot of providers in the state who would say that abortion is safe, that there are some risks associated with it, but there’s a lot more providers than that,” said Dr. Taryn Moulton, the chief medical officer at the Birmingham-based Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for reproductive rights.
Call the clinic.
The Birmingham-area Planned Parenthood affiliate that provides abortions, Guttmeister Health Services, has its own website where you can learn about what to expect, as well as ask about other local clinics.
“There are so many providers, there’s really no excuse not to talk with them and find out,” said Melissa Anderson, director of Planned Parenthood of the Southeast and Southwest.
“Just like any other place in the U.S., they have a right to say no to abortions.
If you have a medical emergency, you have the right to seek care, and if you have an emergency pregnancy, you can get the care you need.”
Ask about local laws.
If the state doesn’t provide any information about abortion laws, talk to your local elected officials about the procedure.
“People are more likely to be open to changing the law when they understand that it’s going to affect their health and their family, not just their pocketbook,” said Anderson.
“In Alabama, we have one of those,” she said.
“We have a health care law.
We have laws regarding the abortion pill, which is used in the procedure and what the procedure is, what is the procedure fee, what’s the procedure cost.
We’ve got a lot on that.
But there’s nothing in the Alabama law about abortion.”
Know your rights.
Alabama has a wide range of medical procedures and the state does not have a set of standards for them.
“Alabama does not allow abortion providers to discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability,” said Moulson.
“But some providers have been making accommodations for their patients, so if you feel that you’re being discriminated against, you should talk to a physician or health care provider.”
Learn about the laws that are specific to Alabama.
Some of the more restrictive laws that apply in Alabama are the following: Alabama requires abortion providers who perform abortions to meet certain requirements, including the ability to hold a valid license or an insurance policy that covers the procedure or the cost of the abortion.
The state requires a patient to be at least 21 years old, not pregnant and not under age 16 to obtain an abortion, and to be able to show proof of insurance.
Alabama also requires abortion clinics to have a separate surgical room that can be used for abortions and to provide abortion-related health services for women who are at risk of death during or after the procedure in the event of complications.
The abortion clinic must have a “secure perimeter” that is separate from other facilities and a 24-hour waiting area.
Alabama does not regulate abortions at a general or hospital level.
Alabama prohibits abortions from being performed on minors and bans abortion after the third trimester.
The law also allows for women to sue their own doctors and hospitals if they are charged with performing an abortion.
Alabama is one of 13 states that require a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is at least 16 years old and is not pregnant.
If a pregnant woman wants an abortion in the future, she must be accompanied by a physician and an ultrasound is not required.
Alabama requires that all women have an ultrasound before having an abortion and that the ultrasound is conducted by a doctor or a nurse in