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"All of my previous notions of an abortion procedure were dissipated. The women who worked with me soothed any anxiety I had, which empowered my decision even more."
—Aradia Client



Do You Know

Your Legal Rights?

  • Abortion is legal in Washington state and in the United States. For everyone.
    • If you are not a legal resident of the United States, you can still access health care services. You do not have to be a citizen to have an abortion. Your legal status is irrelevant.
    • Read about Roe v. Wade and the legalization of abortion throughout the United States.
       
  • If you are under 18, you do not need to tell your parents you are having an abortion.
    • Washington state is one of only eight states that does not require parental consent or notification before an abortion.
     
  • There is no waiting period.
    • Washington state does not require a woman seeking an abortion to wait a specific period – typically 24 hours – before obtaining an abortion. You do not have to be a citizen to have an abortion.
      Mandatory Waiting Periods for Abortion, Alan Guttmacher Institute
       
  • The state is not involved in your choice.
    • Washington state does not require state-directed counseling for women seeking an abortion. Such counseling often includes information designed to discourage a woman from obtaining an abortion.
      Mandatory Waiting Periods for Abortion, Alan Guttmacher Institute
       
  • Your vote impacts policy decisions.
    • Register to vote online, or contact your county's voter registration office. If you are a resident in Washington state, you can register at www.vote.wa.gov. You must register at least 30 days in advance of an election to be eligible to vote in that election. Your voter registration office will mail you information about the closest poll to your home – but on election day, you can vote at ANY poll. 
       

Your Options?

  • There are many different paths you can choose when confronting an unplanned pregnancy.
    • Aradia offers nonjudgmental, unbiased pregnancy counseling. Contact us to learn more.

  • There are different methods of abortion.
  • Crisis Pregnancy Centers are anti-choice.
    • Crisis Pregnancy Centers intend to prevent women with unplanned pregnancies from seeking or getting abortions. They offer "pregnancy services" or "options counseling" while they work to limit access to abortion and even birth control. They keep women and teens from getting important, medically accurate information about reproductive health care and give incorrect information.
      Crisis Pregnancy Centers in California: The Hidden Threat to Women's Health, California Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

Who Has Abortions?

  • At current rates, about 1 in 3 U.S. women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45.
    State Facts about Abortion:2003, Alan Guttmacher Institute

  • 61 percent of women who have abortions have had at least one previous birth and 48 percent have had at least one prior abortion.
    Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion in the United States, 2003, Alan Guttmacher Institute

  • 41 percent of U.S. abortions are obtained by non-Hispanic white women, 32 percent by non-Hispanic Black women, 20 percent by Hispanic women and 7 percent are obtained by other women of color.
    Overview of Abortion in the U.S., 2003, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health and the Alan Guttmacher Institute

  • 61 percent of minors who have abortions do so with at least one parent's knowledge. The great majority of parents support their daughter's decision to have an abortion.
    Facts in Brief: Induced Abortion in the United States, 2003, Alan Guttmacher Institute