Abortion is a legal right in the U.S., but some people who self-manage their abortions have been arrested and jailed. Read on to learn more.

Do I Have a Legal Right to Abortion in the U.S.?

  • Yes. Some states have tried to make it harder for people to get abortions, but in every state, all people have the constitutional right to abortion.

Would I Be Breaking the Law if I Did My Own Abortion?


  • In the U.S., you have the constitutional right to abortion. There is nothing in the Constitution that says the state can punish you for doing your own abortion.

  • In some states, however, some people who ended their own pregnancies have been arrested and charged with crimes. Some of those people have been convicted of those crimes and have served time in jail. Some had their cases dismissed. Laws are different from state to state.

  • If you have questions about your rights in your state, or if you have been charged with  a crime related to your own abortion, please contact us for legal help. We will do our best to help you find a lawyer. We may be able to work with your lawyer to help defend you.

I Want to Go to Clinic for an Abortion But I Need Financial Help. What Are My Options?

  • In 17 states, state Medicaid programs pay for abortion. In every state, you have the right to have your abortion paid for by Medicaid if you are 1) low income, and 2) you are pregnant as a result of rape, or your life would be in danger if you stayed pregnant.

  • In the states that do not allow Medicaid to pay for abortions, non-profit organizations called “abortion funds” help people who need it to pay for their abortion, travel, and other needs related to an abortion.

  • Go to to find the abortion fund nearest you. You can also call the National Abortion Federation for support nationwide at

I Self-Managed My Abortion And I Have Questions About My Rights


  • At If/When/How, we fight for your legal right to decide whether to keep or end a pregnancy. If you have questions that are not answered on the website, please call us or send us a secure message.

I Need Medical Information About My Miscarriage or Self-Managed Abortion Now, Who Can I Talk To?

  • Our helpline cannot provide medical advice or information, but you can contact the M+A hotline, which is operated by doctors that can give you expert medical advice. You can contact the M+A helpline at 1-833-246-2632 or visit their website at for more information.

On this page, we provide links to organizations and websites that are not a part of If/When/How or our helpline. We are not part of those organizations and If/When/How is not responsible for any information they offer and/or services they provide. We are not responsible for any actions you take based on the information and/or services they provide.

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2019 If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice