Frequently Asked Questions
How much does an abortion cost?
It depends on the gestation of your pregnancy, and what blood type you have. To give you an idea of the price, an abortion costs $520 for a woman who is in the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy and who has the most common blood type (RH positive). For an estimation of your gestation, visit our Pregnancy Calculator. For more information about costs and fees, visit our Scheduling and Payment page.
Do you accept insurance?
We accept Oregon Health Plan, Washington Medicaid, and private insurance. We have contracts with many of the major insurance companies. For a partial list, please visit Scheduling and Payment. Don't hesitate to call us with insurance related questions.
Does insurance cover abortions?
Many insurance companies cover abortions just as they would any other surgical procedure. It depends on the company, it's policies, and whether or not you have met your deductible (if you have one). Visit Scheduling and Payment for more information about insurance.
Do you offer payment plans?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer payment plans. We require payment in full at the beginning of your appointment, in the form of cash, debit/credit card, or insurance. We cannot accept personal checks. It's possible that you qualify for Oregon Health Plan or Washington Medicaid if you are pregnant. Please visit Scheduling and Payment for more information.
How soon can I make an appointment?
We are open Monday through Saturday, and appointments are usually available within a few days. Please call us to check our availability: 800-742-9202 or 503-224-3435.
How long does an abortion last?
The abortion procedure only lasts about five minutes, one or two minutes of which involve uncomfortable cramping. We offer various medications to help with the discomfort of the procedure. Please visit How We Help for more information. The whole appointment lasts about three hours and includes a medical assessment, an ultrasound, and a blood test.
What do I do if I'm pregnant and unsure of my decision?
We want to be sure that every woman who comes to our clinic is clear about her decision to have an abortion and isnÕt feeling forced into having one. If you're not sure about your choice please visit Counseling Services for recommendations and referrals.
Can I get a pregnancy test?
We offer free pregnancy tests Monday through Saturday. Please call us to let us know what day and time you're coming by.
How far along am I?
Pregnancy is measured from the first day of your last normal period. To get an estimation of your gestation please visit our Pregnancy Calculator.
How safe is an abortion?
Some sources claim that abortions are dangerous, but the reality is that they are some of the safest medical procedures done in the United States. Having an abortion does not affect your future fertility in any way. Visit Abortion Procedures to learn more about the types of abortions we offer.
Who will perform my abortion?
We have both male and female board certified doctors with an average of fifteen years of abortion experience. Please visit Abortion Procedures for more information.
What is the recovery time after an abortion?
The majority of women feel normal within a day or two after their abortions. We have specific guidelines and instructions for you to follow during the two weeks after your procedure. For more information please visit Aftercare Instructions.
Do you offer medical abortions (also know as RU-486 or Mifeprex)?
Yes, in fact we were one of the first clinics in the country to offer medical abortions. This was at the beginning of the 1990s, when RU-486 was undergoing clinical trials for the FDA. The medical abortion is an alternative to the surgical abortion (D&C), and is frequently called "the abortion pill." The medical abortion is an excellent alternative for some women who are less than eight weeks pregnant by ultrasound. Mifepristone induces a miscarriage and can often be more complicated than a surgical abortion. Having a medical abortion often requires more clinic visits, more time, and more energy, but we believe that it can be the best option for some women. To read more about this type of abortion, please visit Information on Medical Abortion.
What is the difference between a surgical and medical abortion?
A surgical abortion is a procedure performed by a doctor in our office and normally last about five minutes. A medical abortion, in contrast, takes place at home with pills designed specifically to induce a miscarriage. A medical abortion generally involves more time and discomfort, but can still be the best option for some women. Please visit Information on Medical Abortion to learn more.
Can the person who brings me to the clinic be with me during my procedure?
We are grateful for the help that partners, family and friends can offer during what can be a difficult time. We are flexible in accommodating the participation of support people, in accordance with the needs of the patient. However, our policy is to always call each patient back by herself for the first few minutes of the appointment.
What type of counseling do you offer?
The first thing that you do when starting your appointment is sit down with an experienced counselor, who will explain in detail the procedure and how to care for yourself at home, in addition to answering any questions you might have. This counseling session always takes place in private, one on one. We do not offer counseling services for pregnancy options. We can offer referrals for this type of advice, or you can read our referral page at Counseling Services.
Can I get my birth control from you?
We offer birth control counseling to all of our patients. Please talk to us if you are interested in a longer-term method of birth control like Depo injections or an IUD. If you're interested in the pill, Nuva Ring, or the patch, you can start the first Sunday after your abortion. Keep in mind that the first month of hormonal birth control does not protect you from pregnancy, so you must use a back up method (like condoms) until you've started the second month of hormonal medication. It is possible to be fertile immediately following an abortion. If you are sexually active, don't wait until your first period to start using your birth control.
Do you have protesters in front of the clinic?
No. We are located on the 9th floor of a large medical building in downtown Portland, permitting our patients to come and go discretely. We have not had protesters here in years.
Is the clinic safe?
Yes. We have multiple security features in place to ensure the safety of our patients.
How do you guarantee my privacy?
In accordance with federal law, we never release information about you without your written permission, unless the law requires that we do so. Please read our Privacy Practices for more information. We also protect your privacy by seeing each patient individually, never in a group.
Are my medical records confidential?
Absolutely. We do not release your medical records without written permission. This is not only a clinic policy; it is also a federal law. Read our Privacy Practices for more details on this policy.
Do I have to tell my parents or spouse?
No. Although we encourage every patient to seek support if she feels she can safely do so, there is no Oregon state law that says a woman who needs an abortion must inform her parents or spouse. Like any medical procedure, a patient must be at least 15 years old to make this decision on her own.
Does Oregon require "waiting periods" or mandatory counseling on fetal development?
No. Fortunately, at this time Oregon does not have laws that restrict access to abortion services.