Know Your Rights: Abortion Access in California

Jun 07, 2019

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Abortion access in California

In California abortion is legal, both for teens and adults. Below you can find your rights under the law and other basic information:

  • You have the right to get an abortion for any reason until approximately six months after you become pregnant. After that, if the pregnancy puts your health or life at risk, you can still get an abortion.
  • You have the right to keep your abortion confidential. If you are a teen, you do not need permission from a parent or guardian, and your doctor cannot require them to be notified.
  • Most private health insurance plans cover abortion care. California also has free or low-cost programs that can help pay for an abortion.
  • You can get an abortion at many family planning clinics and at some doctor’s offices. In addition to doctors, specially-trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants are allowed to perform early abortions.
  • Medical providers are not required to offer abortions and some hospitals and clinics associated with religious groups refuse to do them. Visit All Care Everywhere for more information.
  • Beware of clinics that claim to offer comprehensive family planning services but will not disclose all options, including abortion. Calling themselves "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," "Pregnancy Resource Centers," and by other names, they give misleading information to try to prevent you from having an abortion. If you feel you are being lied to or coerced, you are entitled to leave a clinic or center at any time. To make sure an establishment is not posing as a true comprehensive women’s health clinic, search the End The Lies database.
  • If someone at a clinic or doctor's office tells you that you cannot get an abortion, you can check that claim by calling the ACLU at 415-621-2488 or ACCESS Women's Health Justice at 1-800-376-4636.

To learn more, visit for full information about your rights to reproductive and sexual health care in California.