What It Really Takes To Get An Abortion: New Report from Third Wave’s Emergency Abortion Fund

June 13, 2011

(link to full size infographic)

Today Third Wave released our report on abortion access and economic justice in the United States, along with an infographic detailing what it really takes to get an abortion.

Jos Truitt at Feministing writes:

The data paints a picture similar to what I learned working on a different abortion fund and what I hear from folks who work on funds. This is intersectionality not as theory but lived reality, a snapshot of how multiple systems of oppression work together to keep people from accessing the health care they need. And it shows what many of us in the movement for abortion access keep saying: legal abortion means very little to many people when extreme barriers to access stand in their way.

This report draws on data from our Emergency Abortion Fund (EAF). Since 1998, Third Wave has sought to prevent economic injustice from determining the reproductive outcomes of young people, particularly for young people of color and low-income young people. Third Wave Foundation believes that reproductive rights, including one’s right to choose to give birth or not, often comes down to a question of access, particularly for groups that are marginalized, underserved, and under-resourced.

You can download our report as a PDF, and download and share a high-res version of our infographic.

Posted in: Reproductive Justice, What It Really Takes

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  1. Thank you for creating and posting this.

    Comment by dom brassey — June 14, 2011 @ 4:39 am

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  4. This leaves out 2 important factors, that, as far as I know, are relevant in the majority of abortions insofar as “what it takes”:

    1. Transportation home (or to hotel) that is NOT public or taxi. This may result in being unable to have the procedure due to lack of transportation, or forcing the woman to admit personal healthcare information.
    2. Not being too thin or too heavy. Many facilities will consider you ineligible for the procedure if you don’t fall within healthy ranges (and the upper range isn’t very high). Is this for the woman’s own safety? Undoubtedly. Does it mean, in some cases, forcing a woman to carry to term? Yes.

    Comment by Lucia — March 5, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

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