Editor's note: The following article has been updated to reflect recent North Carolina legislation.
In June, the United States Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 decision. The landmark case — which had been national precedent for nearly 50 years — established the constitutional right to abortion.
The ruling will give individual states power to set their own laws on abortion access, and almost half of U.S. states are expected to ban or severely restrict abortion. The decision goes along with the court's decision to uphold a Mississippi abortion ban in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.
Abortion is still legal in North Carolina up 20-weeks of pregnancy.
On Aug. 18, United States District Judge William Osteen reinforced a 1973 state law that bans North Carolina abortions after 20 weeks. The ruling said that the June U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, left an injunction on the 1973 law without foundation.
Here are some reproductive health resources for UNC students and Chapel Hill community members.
Planned Parenthood provides affordable abortion services, birth control, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection care, pregnancy testing and counseling, as well as other sexual and reproductive health services. Care is available in person or via telehealth.
There are nine Planned Parenthood clinics in North Carolina, including one in Chapel Hill. You can visit during walk-in hours, book an in-person or telehealth appointment on its website or call (800) 230-7526.
A Woman’s Choice provides confidential abortion care at-home or in-clinic for up to 19.6 weeks. The clinic also provides personal ultrasound appointments, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, birth control options, STI & HIV testing and other reproductive health services.
A Woman’s Choice has locations in Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte. Call (800) 298-8874.
The Carolina Abortion Fund supports individuals with the financial and logistical aspects of getting an abortion. The fund operates a secure and confidential phone line: (855) 518-4603.
The phone line is only open on Mondays, and the fund will return calls within 48 hours. Callers will need to have a scheduled appointment to receive funding.
The National Network of Abortion Funds can also help individuals find abortion funds in their area. Abortion funds provide funding, travel, lodging and other financial support to individuals who need them.
Abortion Finder is a directory that connects people in need of an abortion with over 700 verified health centers across the country. Individuals can search by address to find the pills, services and procedures that are best for them.
Plan C Pills is an online platform that provides accessible information on where to access abortion care in the United States. The website calls for universal access to abortion pills, and aims to destigmatize self-managed or at-home abortions. Individuals can search by state or territory to find aid access, online pharmacies and mail forwarding.
Hey Jane provides fast, safe and affordable abortion pills shipped discreetly to your home. Medical provider are available for consult within 24 hours Monday through Friday. The virtual clinic delivers FDA-approved medication abortion within 1-5 business days. No appointment or in-person visit is necessary and financial assistance is available.
The helpline is a free legal service that can help people understand their legal rights if they live in a state that has restricted or banned abortion. Repro Legal Helpline can provide information about the law and ordering abortion pills online. The line can be accessed at (844) 868-2812.
OCHD provides family planning services at their clinics in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Services are confidential and by appointment. The medical clinics provide free pregnancy tests, as well as counseling on birth control methods and STI prevention. Individuals have access to birth control methods or prescriptions, including intrauterine devices (IUDs), Nexaplon and birth control pills.
The gynecology clinic at UNC Campus Health provides contraception, IUDs and Nexplanon placement and removal, pregnancy testing, counseling and more by appointment.
Schedule an appointment online or call (919) 966-2281.
SHAC is the nation’s oldest student-run free clinic. The coalition provides free health care and services to uninsured and underinsured community members in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham — including birth control, gynecological care, sexual health counseling and HIV/STI testing.
The coalition also has interpreting services for Spanish-speaking and Mandarin-speaking patients.
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