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Obtaining an Abortion in Wisconsin

Is abortion safe?

Yes! Abortion is one of the safest surgical procedures for women in the United states. Fewer than 0.05% of women obtaining abortions experience a complication. Visit http://abortionissafe.com/ to learn more about the safety of abortion.

I am under 18 and pregnant in Wisconsin. Can I get an abortion?

Wisconsin State Law requires that young women under 18 obtain consent from a relative who is at least 25 years of age. These relatives include a parent, a foster parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or a sibling.

If I am under 18 and unable to obtain consent from a relative, do I have any other options?

Yes, there are some exceptions to this law that will allow you to obtain abortion care.

  1. If you are an emancipated minor — You are considered emancipated if you have given birth to a child, you are legally married, or you are in military service.
  2. If you have obtained a judicial bypass — A judicial bypass is an appeal made to the court system in which a judge can approve your ability to consent to an abortion procedure as a minor
    • If you are seeking a judicial bypass, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood and let them know that you need assistance. They will help guide you through the process.

Once you have obtained approval for your abortion, you will be subject to the same legal restrictions that apply to people who are 18 and over.

I am 18 or over and pregnant in Wisconsin. Can I get an abortion?

Yes, although there are a couple of restrictions to your access:

  1. Wisconsin State law requires that a woman meet with a counselor and physician before she can have an abortion. At this visit you are required to receive an ultrasound.
  2. Women must wait 24 hours after their counseling appointment before she can return for the abortion procedure.

 

 Where can I obtain an abortion in Wisconsin?

There are currently only 3 clinics left in the state of Wisconsin that provide the full range of abortion services and 1 clinic that provides medical abortion only:

Planned Parenthood Madison – East

Address: 3706 Orin Rd Madison, WI 53704
Phone Number: (608) 241-3767
Hours: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Abortion Services: Medical, Aspiration, Surgical
Language Fluency: English and Spanish; other languages can be translated over the phone
Appointments can be made online or over the phone

Planned Parenthood of Milwaukee – Water Street

Address: 435 S. Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone Number: (414) 276-8777
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday
Abortion Services: Medical, Aspiration, Surgical
Language Fluency: English and Spanish; other languages can be translated over the phone
Appointments can be made online or over the phone

Affiliated Medical Services of Milwaukee

Address: 1428 N. Farwell Ave Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone Number: Toll free – (800) 498-0424,  Local – (414) 278-0424
Hours: 9am-5pm, Monday – Friday
Abortion Services: Medical, Aspiration, Surgical
Appointments can be made online or over the phone

Planned Parenthood – Sheboygan

Address: 909 South Taylor Drive Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone Number: (920) 458-9401
Hours: Monday from 9am – 5pm, Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday from 9am – 5pm
Abortion Services: Medical
Language Fluency: English and Spanish; other languages can be translated over the phone
Appointments can be made over the phone

How much does an abortion cost?

The cost of an abortion is entirely dependent on a few factors:

  • What stage you are in your pregnancy
  • Eligibility for insurance coverage
  • Eligibility for various non-state affiliated funds

Affiliated Medical Services of Milwaukee estimates the cost to be $100 for the first initial state-mandated counseling visit and between $525-$2,500 for the abortion itself before insurance coverage.

It is important to take into account the following factors that may influence the cost of your abortion even further:

  • Travel
  • Lodging
  • Childcare
  • Follow-up care materials (pads, tampons, etc.)
  • Absence from work

We recommend that you first contact your insurance company directly to determine if you are eligible for coverage for an abortion. Unfortunately, most people are not covered, especially those insured under Medicaid or Badger Care, except in the case of rape or incest.

My insurance will not cover my abortion, now what?

It’s important to know that although the cost can be very overwhelming, there are many other ways to receive funding to help support the financial burden of the procedure.

The National Network of Abortion Funds is a network that connects patients seeking an abortion with organizations that can support financial and logistical needs to access abortion services. When seeking out financial support, this organization suggests taking the following steps:

  1. Find out if insurance covers your abortion
  2. Make an appointment at a clinic for your abortion before searching for funding
  3. Add up how much you can cover on your own
  4. Search to find abortion funds that can help cover expenses
  5. Read the instructions before you contact an abortion fund
  6. Contact many places – local, state and national funds may be available

The National Network of Abortion Funds website lists 3 resources in Wisconsin that may provide you with additional financial support:

  1. Women’s Medical Fund (WMF)  – provides financial assistance to qualifying patients through an application process. WMF usually grants up to half the cost of an abortion.
  2. Options Fund – an organization for patients living in the northwest Wisconsin area and will offer funding to help pay for your abortion, even if you need to travel outside of the area to do so.
  3. Freedom Fund – an all-volunteer organization for patients living in central or northern Wisconsin areas that may be able to assist costs associated with an abortion, including travel expenses

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