Abortion

What is the legal age for a woman to receive birth control? What are the regulations for abortions in Maine for underage girls? Is parental consent needed for girls under the age of 18 to get birth control or abortions?

Let’s take these one at a time.

What is the legal age for a woman to receive birth control?

Health providers can begin prescribing birth control as soon as a girl or woman is medically eligible– meaning that she’s safely started her period. There’s no “legal” or official age, as girls go through puberty and start their periods at different ages.

What are the regulations for abortions in Maine for underage girls?

We’re not sure what you mean when you say “regulations–” here are some of the laws and practices around abortion in Maine:

  • All abortion providers in Maine are licensed by the Maine Board of Medicine.
  • All patients, regardless of age, go through in-depth counseling and an informed consent process.
  • Patients  under 18 are required to involve an adult in their decision, but they do not need to notify or get consent from a parent to get an abortion.
  • Currently, both Federal and Maine state law ban the use of Medicare and Medicaid/ MaineCare funds from covering an abortion (except in very limited cases)– which means that even if a person has insurance through Medicaid or Medicare, they will have to pay for the procedure out of pocket.

Is parental consent needed for girls under the age of 18 to get birth control or abortions?

What’s the best choice if you’re pregnant and 16?

Only you can know the best choice for you. Hopefully, there is an adult in your life who you can trust and talk to about your choices. You can also make an appointment at a Family Planning clinic— our providers are compassionate, non-judgmental, and can talk to you about all your options. Family Planning services are confidential and affordable. Coming in to talk to us doesn’t mean you’ve made any particular decision– it just means you’re getting all the information.

When a person is pregnant, no matter their age, they have three main options. Those options are to carry the pregnancy to term and to parent the baby, to carry the pregnancy to term and place the baby for adoption, or to have an abortion to end the pregnancy. Again, only you can decide what’s right for you, and you deserve to make your choice with support and dignity.

No matter what you decide, you have rights. You can read more about teen’s rights to seek abortion, pursue adoption, or to carry the pregnancy and to parent on our website.

My best friend had an abortion and she read online that she won’t be able to have kids. Is that true?

No, that is not true. As long as an abortion is done safely and legally, the risk of any complications that would affect your friend’s ability to have kids are very, very low.

Is abortion a good way to get rid of my baby?

Abortion is a safe, legal medical procedure used to end a pregnancy. The majority of abortions happen early in the first trimester, when the pregnancy is called an embryo. After 10 weeks (10 weeks after the last period), the pregnancy is called a fetus.

If you have given birth to a baby and do not feel that you are able to take care of him or her, adoption is a safe, legal option for finding a new family for your baby.

 

Is it true that having an abortion is dangerous?

Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures for women in the U.S.  As with any medical procedure, there are some risks, but complications are very rare.

 

can i get an abortion without my parents knowing?

We encourage young people to involve their parents in health care decisions whenever possible. If it’s not safe or possible to involve a parent, we encourage you to reach out to another adult you trust (like a grandparent, older sibling, or counselor). By providing guidance, love, and support, adults can play a crucial role for their teen during a challenging time.

In Maine, someone under the age of 18 can obtain confidential reproductive health care, including abortion care, without their parents having to know or to consent. You can read more about teens rights to reproductive health care here.

I am under 18 and was curious to know, if I had an abortion, would you have to tell my parents?

We encourage young people to involve their parents in health care decisions whenever possible. By providing their love and support, parents can play a crucial role for their teen during a challenging time.

In Maine, someone under the age of 18 can obtain confidential reproductive health care, including abortion care, without parental consent or notification.

 

Can I get an abortion without my parents finding out? If so, how much will it cost?

In Maine, a minor can have an abortion with her informed written consent and the written consent of an adult. Read more about it here. At the Family Planning Association of Maine the cost of an abortion is $500. If you need help in covering the cost, we will work with you to help you figure it out.

How long does an abortion take?

We do everything we can to make abortion visits as short as possible, but we suggest that patients plan on being here four hours.

The visit consists of:

  • a personal medical history
  • information about the procedure
  • obtaining a patient’s informed consent
  • the abortion procedure
  • the recovery period

 

I scheduled an abortion, and I’m really scared it’s going to be too late.

It’s tough to be in a situation where you have to wait for information from a doctor. We know it’s stressful, but abortion counselors and doctors are experts at providing counseling and care to patients seeking abortion, so the best thing to do is to go to your appointment and find out from the doctor whether abortion is still an option for you.

 

 

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